KEY POINTS

  • House impeachment managers and Trump's legal team each have two hours to sum up their cases
  • The vote on removing Trump from office is set for Wednesday
  • With the end in sight, several Republican senators are admitting Trump's conduct was wrong but maintain it was not bad enough to warrant removal from office

President Trump’s impeachment trial entered the final stretch Monday with four more hours of arguments before senators engage in floor speeches and then vote on whether to remove the president from office.

As the Senate was poised to vote against ousting Trump Wednesday, some Republican lawmakers admitted Sunday the president's actions toward Ukraine were wrong.

You can watch Monday’s proceedings live below, beginning at 11 a.m. EST.

House impeach managers and Trump’s legal team each have two hours to present their cases one last time. Senators voted 51-49 on Friday not to call any witnesses, opening the way for a swift resolution.

Trump is accused of attempting to leverage $391 million in military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son’s involvement with the Ukraine energy company Burisma.

With the end in sight, several GOP said though Trump’s behavior toward Ukraine was wrong, it was not bad enough to warrant removal from office.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Republicans are poised to launch a counterattack once the Senate trial ends, including an investigation of Biden, among the leading candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

“We’re not going to let it go,” Graham said on Fox News.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said on “Meet the Press” Sunday even though he is going to vote to acquit the president, he is worried about the precedent the impeachment trial set.

“I’m very concerned about any action that we could take that would establish a perpetual impeachment in the House of Representatives whenever the House was a different party than the president. That would immobilize the Senate,” he said.

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, supported Trump’s request for an investigation by Ukraine, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” that going after corruption is the right thing to do, but maybe Trump “did it in the wrong manner. I think that he could have done it through different channels.”

In a separate Bloomberg interview, Ernst said that if Biden wins the White House, he also will be impeached.