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Donald Trump tweeted a record 125 times on the day House prosecutors mounted their case against him at his impeachment trial

Grace Panetta , Business Insider US
 Jan 23, 2020, 02:19 PM
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  • US president Donald Trump set a new record for the most tweets posted on a single day of his presidency during opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial, according to analysis firm Factba.se.
  • Trump has shattered his previous record with 125 tweets (including 110 retweets) and counting.
  • Most of Trump's postings were re-tweets of Republican members of Congress, staff on his re-election campaign, and Fox News hosts defending him against the Democrats' impeachment case.
  • The Democratic impeachment managers and Trump's defense counsel will have 24 hours each to make their opening arguments, which will be spread over several days.
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President Donald Trump broke his record for tweets posted on a single day during the first day of opening arguments in his Senate impeachment trial, according to digital analysis platform Factba.se.

Factba.se, which tracks Trump's tweets and other public statements, announced at around 5 P.M. ET that Trump had published 125 tweets (including 110 retweets) and counting posted as he traveled back from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Trump's previous record for most tweets in 24 hours was set on December 13, 2019, as the House Judiciary Committee held a marathon 14-hour debate on two articles of impeachment. On that day, Trump posted 123 tweets.

As with his previous record, most of Trump's postings on Wednesday were re-tweets of Republican members of Congress, staff on his re-election campaign, and Fox News hosts defending him and seeking to discredit the Democrats' impeachment case.

He occasionally commented on the day's events himself, calling a Democratic presidential candidate "a loser" and emphasising in all-caps that he does not believe he improperly pressured Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rivals.

The historic Senate trial weighing whether to remove Trump from office began last week when Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the Senators who will serve as jurors.

On Tuesday, the seven House representatives designated to argue the case for convicting case and Trump's defense counsel team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and attorney Jay Sekulow, debated the trial's rules.

According to those rules, both the impeachment managers and Trump's defense counsel will have 24 hours each to make their opening arguments, which will be spread over several days.

The arguments will be followed by 16-hour period when Senators can ask written questions of both sides, and then the Senate will vote on whether to subpoena additional documents and witnesses.

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