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L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey holds a big lead over her challengers in early election results late Tuesday. Lacey, who tearfully apologized after her husband, David, pointed a gun at Black Lives Matter activists on Monday, says she's "really happy" LA County voters accepted her apology.

"We're really happy that the number is what it is; that it's almost 55% and my competitors are down around 22%," Lacey said before adding she's "cautiously optimistic" because it's still early.

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Lacey is leading challengers George Gascon, former San Francisco District Attorney, and former public defender Rachel Rossi, by 55% of the vote as of late Tuesday night.

"There are still a lot of votes to be counted, but this is a really good start. I must say that I'm very optimistic."

David Lacey pulled a gun on Black Lives Matter activists who gathered early Monday morning outside the Laceys' modest Granada Hills home.

The group accused the DA of not being tougher on officer-involved shootings and other high-profile crimes.

They said they approached Lacey's home and rang the doorbell because she has refused to meet with them in the past.

BLM activist Melina Abdullah (@DocMellyMel) recorded the incident on her cell phone when Lacey's husband, David, opened the front door and pointed a firearm at them.

In the video, David yells "Get off my porch!"

"Good morning," says a female voice. "Are you gonna shoot me?"

"I will shoot you," says David Lacey. "Get off of my porch," he repeats.

"Can you tell Jackie Lacey that we're here?"

"I don't care who you are," David replies. He told the group he was calling the police before closing the door.

The police arrived on the scene minutes later, but no arrests were made.

Jackie Lacey tearfully apologized for her husband's actions. She said he was scared because she has received death threats in the past.

"It was just him and I in that house, and we really didn't know what was about to happen," she said while fighting back tears.

Lacey said she hopes to be reelected to a third term to continue serving the people of LA County.
 

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As Mike Bloomberg stepped up to the pulpit to speak at the historic Brown Chapel in Selma, Alabama, on Sunday, a handful of congregants silently stood and turned their backs to him.

Political and civil rights leaders spoke at the church to mark the 55th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when civil rights activists were brutally beaten by Alabama State Troopers during a march across Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams sat behind Bloomberg as he spoke. She didn't bat an eyelash during the silent protest.

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Before the service, Abrams, 46, shook hands with Bloomberg, who donated $5 million to her nonprofit voter suppression organization Fair Fight in Atlanta.

Pastor Leodis Strong applauded the former New York City mayor for even showing his face at the church in Selma.

"It shows a willingness on his part to change," said Strong.

The silent protest was in part due to Bloomberg's support of NY's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

Critics say Bloomberg weaponized the policy to reflect his deeply held racist beliefs.

Bloomberg, 77, apologized in November for assigning more cops to minority areas "because that's where all the crime is."

Bloomberg apologized in January for ordering police to throw young Black males "up against the wall and frisk them."

And he apologized in February for saying Black and Hispanic males don't follow instructions at work.

One of the people who turned their backs to Bloomberg was Ryan Haygood, president and chief executive of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

As he stood with his back turned, Haygood thought about the police brutality civil rights organizers faced in the church 55 years ago as they protested for equal voting rights.

"I thought this could be the place where he could finally say, once and for all, 'Let me own what I did, let me atone for it.' He didn't even touch it which is more disrespectful," Haygood said.

Joe Biden, fresh off his decisive win at the South Carolina primary on Saturday, also spoke at the annual "Bloody Sunday" service.

78-year-old Biden, who has his own racist past to contend with, playfully suggested that Abrams might be vice president someday.

Abrams closed the four-hour service with a speech about her ongoing efforts to register every Black person to vote for Democrats through her Fair Fight 2020 campaign.

Thanks to fat checks from donors like Bloomberg, her Fair Fight campaign has amassed $25 million in the bank.

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After the service, Democratic presidential candidates, Bloomberg (left), former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (center left), Amy Klobuchar (right), Senator Elizabeth Warren (center) and Rev. Jesse Jackson (behind Warren) marched during the annual Bloody Sunday March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the violent clash with Alabama State Troopers in 1965.

Buttigieg, 38, who dropped out of the presidential race on Sunday, promised to help make sure a Democrat wins the White House in November.

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Angela Rye had some choice words for Trump supporters such as the group of Black political and religious leaders who prayed over the U.S. President after he held a meeting to celebrate Black History Month on Thursday.

The group of about 2 dozen Black leaders and Pastor Paula White lay hands on President Trump and prayed over him in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Afterwards, he did not answer reporters' questions about the stock market's worst loss in almost nine years on Thursday.

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The group of prayer warriors included activist Candace Owens, Pastor Darrell Scott, Martin Luther King Jr's niece Alveda King; Terrence Williams, and Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, otherwise known as pro-Trump activists Diamond and Silk.

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CNN political commentator Angela Rye attacked Black people who continue to show strong support for the president.

"Shame on you," said Rye during a segment on CNN's "Tonight."

"I think Donald Trump does not have a strong record to stand on as it relates to black unemployment. He has Barack Obama's record to stand on with that, and I think that at some point, black folks have got to look themselves in the mirror..."

She added, "Instead, you want to give Donald Trump kudos for throwing Cheez-It bits at you and then criticize the people who have spent their careers doing things for the betterment of black people and black society. And I would just say at that point, if you still go over to Donald Trump after that, shame on you. Period."
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms rushed back to Atlanta after citizens expressed disappointment with her leadership skills on social media.

Citizens and civic leaders complained that Lance Bottoms, 50, was often on the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Joe Biden.

On Monday, Lance Bottoms issued an Administrative Order allocating $100 million to create more affordable housing in Atlanta.

"Building a housing inventory that working families and seniors can afford is a major component of our vision for One Atlanta," she said in a statement. "These new public dollars will further our mission to create a more equitable and affordable city for all those who desire to call Atlanta home."

Also on Monday, Mayor Lance Bottoms issued an executive order cracking down on new construction permits around Westside Park to halt "rapid gentrification" in the area.

The timing of the mayor's orders are no coincidence.

Black leaders complained that gentrification was changing the landscape of Atlanta neighborhoods that have traditionally been overlooked by lenders and real estate investors.

They also complained about the rising crime rate in Atlanta and the surrounding suburbs. They demanded Lance Bottoms leave the Biden campaign trail to deal with the rising crime rate at home.

Fed up with the mayor's frequent absences from the city she was elected to lead, Atlanta activist and businesswoman Sabrina Peterson is organizing an effort to block her reelection.

Mayor Lance Bottoms is pictured above with her husband Derek W. Bottoms at a recent Atlanta Hawks game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

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Democrat Stacey Abrams said on "The View" on Monday that she is ready to run for vice president and she hopes to be president of the United States one day.

When asked if she would run for vice president on a Democratic nominee's ticket, she answered, "of course I would be honored to run for vice president with the nominee."

She added it's a "bit disconcerting" to discuss running for vice president because no one in the Democratic field, not even Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, has asked her to team up with them.

"It seems really obnoxious for me to say that out loud since no one has asked me," Abrams said.

"The issue is, as a woman of color, especially as a Black woman, this is an unusual position to be in.... It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition, every child who wants to think beyond their known space for me to say 'No,' or to pretend, 'Oh no, I don't want it.' Of course I want it, Of course I want to serve America. Of course I want to be a patriot and do this work, and so I say, 'Yes.'"

Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp, and then famously refused to concede the race she lost, questioning the legitimacy of the election results.

She has never held a public office higher than a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has come under fire for hitting the campaign trail with presidential hopeful Joe Biden, while a violent crime wave sweeps the city.

Lance Bottoms made national headlines when she endorsed Biden for president. She hosted Biden's campaign stop in Atlanta, and since then, she has gone on the road to stump for him.

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A 2019 FBI report shows a spike in the number of violent crimes in Atlanta in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

Critics blame the Mayor's cash bail reform and her order to end police chases in Atlanta for the spike in violent crimes.

Atlantans question why Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden, who is seen as a long run for the Democratic nomination.

Political insiders say Lance Bottoms is on the campaign trail with Biden because her name is on the short list to be Biden's running mate.

Sabrina Peterson, Atlanta socialite and owner of Glam Bar Salon, is organizing volunteers to help block the mayor's reelection. Instagram followers expressed their anger at Lance Bottoms' inaction on crime.

@Kelving2016 wrote: "Still stomping for Biden???? You're going to mess around and lose the mayorship following behind him. I have told you constantly but you refuse to acknowledge. I wish you the best."

And @terrilz wrote "Shouldn't you be governing in Atl. Fixing the enormous crime problem?"

Lance Bottoms narrowly defeated Mary Norwood in a runoff election in 2017.

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Mike Bloomberg hopes Hillary Clinton will help give him a leg up in the crowded 2020 Democratic field. Drudgereport.com broke the news that Bloomberg, a tech billionaire and former mayor of NY, is considering picking Clinton as his running mate in the 2020 Democratic race.

Currently, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 78, leads the Democratic field by 10+ points in the polls.

Bloomberg, 77, is said to be considering changing his official residence to one of his homes in Florida or Colorado because the electoral college prevents the president and vice president from residing in the same state.

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Clinton and Bloomberg are pictured attending NY's Gay Pride parade in a photo dated June 2006. Polling indicates the Bloomberg-Clinton ticket would be a "formidable force" in the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination, according to London's DailyMail.com.

Clinton is a two-time loser in the presidential elections, having lost to Presidents Obama and Trump in 2008 and 2016 respectively.

Clinton, 72, has previously said she wouldn't rule out being vice president if the Democrats win the election in November.

The ex-first lady and Secretary of State told TV host Ellen Degeneres she would "never say never" to becoming vice president.

Clinton drew a huge round of applause from The Ellen Degeneres Show's audience when she urged voters to kick Trump out of office in November.

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Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg wants voters to think he was an unrepentant racist until he decided to run for president of the United States.

Bloomberg is backtracking after he declared minorities were responsible for most of the crime in his jurisdiction when he was mayor.

In recently unearthed audio tapes, the 77-year-old billionaire defended his policy of aggressively policing minority neighborhoods.

In a 2015 speech at the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg said he needed to get guns out of the hands of individuals who are "male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25."

He said statistics of violent crimes committed by armed individuals were down during that period because police were ordered to throw young Black males "up against the wall and frisk them."

He admitted "we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods... because that's where all the crime is."

Clips from the speech went viral on Tuesday. President Trump tweeted one of the audio clips, before deleting his tweet. "WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!" Trump wrote.

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Bloomberg is offering $150 to "influencers", such as pseudo-singer Beyonce, who make positive posts about him on social media and blogs.

"All the money in the world can't undo this," tweeted Trump's re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale, who quoted Bloomberg: "The way you get guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the wall."

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Last week, Bloomberg's camp aired a campaign ad featuring former President Barack Obama endorsing the NY billionaire who, like Obama, favors gun control in minority neighborhoods.

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President Trump deleted a tweet calling presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg a "total racist." Trump posted, then deleted, a tweet along with audio of Bloomberg discussing New York's "stop-and-frisk" policy that reduced violent crimes in his city.

In the war of billionaires, Trump tweeted, then deleted: "WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!", according to published reports.

Trump rarely ever deletes a tweet. Some political analysts say it is an indication that someone in his inner circle warned him that he went too far.

In a statement to The Wrap, the former New York mayor said, "President Trump's deleted tweet is the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans. I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused. By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should've done it faster and sooner."

In the audio linked to Trump's tweet, Bloomberg praised the policy and suggested that the majority of the people who were stopped by police were white. He hinted that the perpetrators of violent gun crimes were not white.

"95 percent of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops: They are male, minorities 16 to 25. That's true in New York. It's true in virtually every city."

Bloomberg apologized in his statement to The Wrap. "I regret that and I have apologized. I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities."

But Black Twitter noted that Bloomberg, at age 77, is too old to change his racist thought process, now that he is running for president.

Trump's re-election campaign manager, Brad Perscale, also tweeted #BloombergIsaRacist. Perscale did not delete his tweet.

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A student says she was humiliated when Joe Biden called her a "lying, dog-faced pony soldier" - an insult that Biden later claimed was a just a joke.

The incident happened during his campaign event in Hampton, New Hampshire on Sunday.

21-year-old Mercer University student Madison Moore asked Biden about his poor performance in last week's Iowa caucus.

Biden, 77, came in third in the voting behind Pete Buttigieg (1) and Bernie Sanders (2).

"How do you explain the performance in Iowa and why should the voters believe that you can win the national election?" Moore asked Biden.

"It's a good question," said Biden. "Number one: Iowa's a Democratic caucus," he said before asking the student, "Have you ever been to a caucus?"

When she nodded yes, Biden said, "No, you haven't. You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier."

Biden's insult was met with nervous laughter from the crowd.

Although Moore is seen laughing in the video footage, she later said she felt humiliated.

"It was kind of humiliating to be called a liar on national TV by the former vice president," the economics student said.

Biden's camp defended their candidate by claiming the line was from a John Wayne film in which an Indian chief turned to Wayne and called him a "lying, dog-faced pony soldier."

But movie historians say no such line was ever uttered in any John Wayne movie.

They think Biden - who likely suffers from dementia - combined several lines from different movies, including 1949's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and the film Pony Soldier, starring Tyrone Power.

This is just the latest in a long series of goofs and missteps by the Democratic frontrunner.

Biden has been criticized in the past for insulting voters who ask him confrontational questions.

At a campaign event in Iowa in December, Biden called a man a "damn liar" after he brought up his son Hunter's role in the Ukraine scandal.

Iowa was the first state to hold a Democratic caucus.
 

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The Senate acquitted President Trump by a majority vote on both articles of impeachment on Wednesday. The Senate voted 52-48 not guilty on article 1 and 53-47 not guilty on article 2 of impeachment.

Senators stood at their desks and shouted their verdicts during a roll call vote on Wednesday, Feb. 5. It was only the third impeachment of a sitting President in U.S. history. The others, Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson, were both acquitted in the Senate.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican, switched sides and voted to convict Trump on the 1st article of impeachment.

Saying "I had to follow my conscience," Romney told Chris Wallace on Wednesday that he decided to vote to convict Trump on abuse of power.

"I believe that the act he took, an effort to corrupt an election is as destructive an attachment on the oath of office and our Constitution as I can image," Romney said.

"It is a high crime and misdemeanor within the meaning of the Constitution, and tat is not a decision I take lightly. It is the last decision I want to take."

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi angered Trump supporters when she ripped up her copy of President Trump's State of the Union Address before he was done speaking last night.

Pelosi, who is still angry over her failed impeachment bid, tore up Trump's speech after he addressed the nation and the two chambers of Congress on Tuesday night.

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Afterwards, Pelosi held up the torn papers to cheers from her fellow Democrats.
 

 
"What is wrong with her?" asked Kellyanne Conway, political counselor to the President. "Who mutters to themselves during the State of the Union?" Conway referred to Pelosi as "an incorrigible child" for ripping up Trump's speech.

In response to criticism that Trump "snubbed" Pelosi, who offered a handshake after he had already turned away from her, Conway said Trump simply didn't see Pelosi's hand.
 

 
Among Trump's critics was openly homosexual actor Billy Porter, who labeled Trump's U.S. presidency as "one of the biggest crises of my lifetime" in his LGBT+ State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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The Pose star's speech for Logo's second annual event came just hours before President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address to the nation.

In his hard-hitting speech, Porter targeted topics such as Trump's ban on transgender people enlisting in the U.S. military, and a rule that allows healthcare professionals to refuse medical procedures to LGBT+ people.

"Last year, I told you that the state of our union is strong,” he began. "While it certainly has been battered, our union is far from broken. Now, in 2020, our responsibility as citizens has been more evident," Porter said.

Urging viewers to use their feet to vote in 2020 to bring an end to Trump's time in the White House, Porter continued:

"Donald J. Trump has painted himself as a friend of the LGBTQ community, while revealing his true colors at every malicious turn. This heinous violence against trans people, which disproportionately affects trans women of color is nothing short of an epidemic. We must confront it as a community and as a country, and we must elect officials who recognize it for the crisis that it is."

Porter concluded: "The fate of the entire country is in the balance. I know it sounds dramatic, but if now is not the time for drama, chile, when is?"

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped a bombshell on Tuesday as the Senate impeachment trial enters the next phase.

McConnell told fellow senators he does not have enough votes to block new witnesses after Trump's high-powered defense team made their closing arguments on Tuesday.

In the next phase of the impeachment trial on Wednesday, senators will submit written questions. The questions phase can last 2 days.

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McConnell, pictured right with Trump, previously said Trump's Senate impeachment trial would end with a quick acquittal this Friday. But now it seems the Democrats will get their wish to call witnesses to give sworn testimony against Trump.

Democrats need four Republicans to vote with them to subpoena witnesses such as former White House aide John Bolton, whose new book supposedly contains evidence that would undermine Trump's defense that he didn't withhold military aid to Ukraine.

Three Republican senators, including Mitt Romney and Susan Collins, have indicated they will cross the aisle to call witnesses.

The Republicans will most certainly call Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden to testify about the work he performed for Ukraine's energy company Burisma in exchange for $3 million.

But some senators don't believe a call for witnesses will happen.

"I believe that on Friday, when we get to a decision whether we're gonna have witnesses, we're not gonna do it," said Florida Senator Rick Scott on Tuesday.

"I don't believe we're gonna have any witnesses. I think we're gonna listen to the questions, we'll see, uh, and after what happens with that, I believe we'll see no witness."

President Trump was impeached in December for abuse of power for allegedly withholding $391 million in military aid to Ukraine.

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Donald Trump and his legal team worked into the night after a bombshell New York Times article quoted a former White House aid who heard Trump say he would withhold aid to the Ukraine.

At least 2 Republican senators appear to be reconsidering their vote to call witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial.

According to the New York Times article, former National Security Advisor John Bolton confirmed there was a quid pro quo by Trump. Bolton said he heard Trump say he would refuse to releases hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Ukraine unless they helped investigate corruption by former VP Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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But Trump accused Bolton (pictured right) of outright lies. Trump sent out a series of late-night tweets insisting he never had that conversation with Bolton or adviser Rudy Giuliani. The president said Bolton made up the allegations to sell books.

House Democrats declined to call Bolton to testify during the House impeachment hearings in December. But House impeachment managers insist Republican senators should call Bolton to hear his crucial testimony.

According to an unpublished manuscript of Bolton's new book, Trump said he would freeze military aid to Ukraine unless it helped investigate the Bidens.

Democrats need at least 4 senators to vote with them to call new witnesses to testify.

Two GOP senators, including Maine Senator Susan Collins, have indicated they will reconsider their decisions not to call witnesses.

The Senate trial was scheduled to wrap up on Friday, but the shocking new developments may extend the trial for weeks.

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House impeachment managers made their opening statements on day 2 of Donald Trump's impeachment trial on the Senate floor on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

The 7 House Democrat impeachment managers are pictured (L-R) Rep. Jason Crow, of Colorado; Val Demings, of Florida; Sen. Adam Schiff, of California; Rep. Sylvia Garcia, of Texas; Rep. Zoe Lofgren, of California; Rep. Jerrold "Jerry" Nadler, of NY; and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, of NY.

Tuesday's opening session drew 11 million TV viewers. Republicans seemed uninterested and bored as lead manager Schiff pleaded for help removing "corrupt" President Trump from office on Wednesday.

President Trump is on trial for abuse of power and obstruction of justice. He was impeached by House Democrats in December.

Now it's the Senate's turn to either vote to remove Trump from office or acquit him of all charges.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff invoked the founding fathers and quoted Alexander Hamilton in his lengthy opening statement.

As Schiff's opening statement dragged on, some Republican Senators left their seats and disappeared into the hall.

According to the NY Daily News, at one point, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham was gone for 30 minutes. Other senators also disappeared for lengthy coffee breaks while Schiff spoke to empty seats.

Democratic senators who sat and listened to 9 hours of opening statements were dismayed and "disheartened" at the lack of interest shown by their Republican counterparts.

"I don't have any insight into what they're thinking, but there are moments in a trial when people vote with their feet," said Delaware Senator Chris Coons.

"Jurors don't get to do that in a real jury. We are acting as if [we're] a jury, and it is somewhat disconcerting to have folks absent for long periods of time."
But Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy begged to differ.

Cassidy, who took two 20-minute breaks, said it wasn't necessary for him to sit there and listen to the same evidence he has already heard.

"If they say something I've not previously heard I write it down. Just new facts, it helps me focus," Cassidy said.

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Hakeem Jeffries, who quoted the late rapper Notorious B.I.G., was interrupted by a heckler during his opening statement.

House Democrats hope to convince at least four Republicans to vote with them to allow subpoenas of records and key witnesses including national security advisor John Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

Republicans offered a horse-trading deal to allow testimony by Bolton in exchange for authorizing them to subpoena Joe or Hunter Biden.

But Democrats quickly shot down the deal. "That's off the table," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Joe Biden, who was in Iowa speaking to voters on Wednesday, also said no to the deal.

"The reason I would not make the deal, the bottom line is, this is a constitutional issue," Biden said. "We're not going to turn it into a farce or political theater. I want no part of that."

House managers are expected to continue their opening statements on Thursday and Friday. Each side is given 24 hours for opening statements before Trump's legal team is allowed to rebut.

There are rumors that Trump's lawyers may rest their case without any rebuttal. But Trump's legal team denied the rumors.

"There's a lot of things I'd like to rebut," said Trump's top lawyer Jay Sekulow, "and we will rebut."

After the rebuttal, the Senate will vote to acquit or remove the president without calling any witnesses.

President Trump, who is attending the economic forum in Switzerland, is optimistic of a quick acquittal.

"We have a great case," he told reporters.

Trump said he didn't object to Bolton or other witnesses testifying during the Senate trial, but he claimed "national security" concerns might prevent them from doing so.

Trump blocked Bolton and other key witnesses from testifying during the House impeachment hearings in December.

The Senate trial is expected to wrap up next week.