By James Reinl


U.S. President Donald Trump’s lawyers mounted their defense case in his impeachment trial Monday amid growing pressure from damaging revelations by former National Security Advisor John Bolton on the Ukraine scandal.

Jane Raskin, an attorney for Trump, accused Democrats of exaggerating the role played by the president’s private lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, in the Ukraine affair and told senators they should not fall for this legal maneuvering and clear the president of any wrongdoing.

“In this trial, in this moment, Mr. Giuliani is just a minor player, that shiny object designed to distract you,” said Raskin.

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