White House confirms members of Trump's impeachment defense team

SANDRA, BILL? >> Sandra: MIKE EMANUEL, THANK YOU >> Bill: ALSO THIS MORNING WE ARE LEARNING WHO WILL BE ON THE PRESIDENT'S LEGAL TEAM, WHO YOU WILL SEE DURING THE SENATE TRIAL

JOHN ROBERTS HAS THAT STORY FROM THE NORTH WANT TODAY JOHN, GOOD MORNING >> GOOD MORNING TO YOU IT'S THE SAME TEAM WE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF WEEKS AGO, THAT TEAM NOW GETTING READY TO GO TO TRIAL AS SOON AS NEXT WEEK THE WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL PAT CIPOLLONE WILL BE TAKING THE LEAD ON THE ARGUMENTS FOR THE PRESIDENT ALONG WITH JAY SEKULOW, HIS PERSONAL ATTORNEY

THEY WILL ALSO BE ASSISTED BY TWO WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY COUNCILS, MICHAEL PURPURA AND PATRICK PHILBIN WE COULDN'T FIND A GOOD PHOTOGRAPH OF EITHER ONE OF THEM SOURCES ALSO TELL FOX NEWS THE POSSIBILITY OF ALAN DERSHOWITZ JOINING THE TEAM FOR AT LEAST PART OF THE TRIAL, STILL BEING SERIOUSLY DISCUSSED WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS ARE CONFIDENT THAT THROUGH THIS PROCESS THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE EXONERATED HERE IS WEST PRINCIPAL SECRETARY HOGAN GIDLEY FROM "FOX & FRIENDS" THIS MORNING

>> IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE RULE OF LAW BY ANY STRETCH, BECAUSE ARTICLES THEY CAME UP WITH DON'T ACTUALLY CITE ANY CRIMES IT'S JUST TO TRY AND SMEAR THIS PRESIDENT BECAUSE THEY KNOW YOU CAN BEAT HIM AT THE BALLOT BOX I AM WELL AWARE IT'S DIFFICULT TO RUN AGAINST SOMEBODY WHO HAS A BOOMING ECONOMY, WHO HAS DESTROYED THE ISIS CALIPHATE, WHO IS TAKING OUT TERRORISTS LEFT AND RIGHT ACROSS THE SCHOOL THAT'S NO REASON TO OVERTURN A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT I DON'T LIKE THE FACT HE IS SO SUCCESSFUL >> THE PRESIDENT HAS COME TO EMBRACE THE IDEA OF DISMISSING THE CASE, BUT THE WAY IT'S GOING TO PLAY OUT IN THE SENATE IS AT THE HOUSE MANAGERS WILL PRESENT THEIR CASE AND THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL WILL MAKE THEIR CASE, THEN A POSSIBLE MOTION TO DISMISS WILL BE ENTERTAINED

THIS MORNING SENATOR TED CRUZ SAYING THAT A VOTE OF NOT GUILTY IS WHAT HE IS EXPECTING THAT RATHER THAN A DISMISSAL WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE PRESIDENT LISTEN HERE >> DISMISSAL FOR WAS THAT WITHOUT REACHING A VERDICT IT A VERDICT IS GOING TO BE NOT GUILTY BECAUSE ON THE FACE OF IT THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT DON'T MEET THE CONSTITUTIONAL STANDARD

IT'S A MUCH BETTER OUTCOME FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE ACQUITTED OF THESE CHARGES THAN SIMPLY A DISMISSAL >> NOW NANCY PELOSI HAS THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT OVER TO THE SENATE WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS MIKE EMANUEL MENTIONED THAT A TRIAL COULD BEGIN AS SOON AS ONE DAY NEXT WEEK, AND THAT IS WHEN THE PRESIDENT IS SCHEDULED TO BE IN DAVOS, SWITZERLAND, FOR THE BIG ECONOMIC CONFERENCE THERE WHITE HOUSE SOURCES TELL ME AT THIS POINT THERE IS NO DISCUSSION OF CANCELING THE PRESIDENT'S TRIP THERE IS SOME THINKING HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, BILL, THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR THE PRESIDENT TO GO ON THAT TRIP EVEN IF THE TRIAL IS TAKING PLACE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COULD SAY THAT HE IS CONTINUING TO DO THE BUSINESS OF THE

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