The Supreme Court heard arguments on Wednesday, but before it did, Justice Anthony Kennedy read a letter from President Donald Trump.
He also read a statement from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was among those testifying on behalf of the president.
The hearing lasted about five hours, and both sides made their points.
As the hearing wore on, Kennedy’s answers seemed more focused.
The court also heard oral arguments on whether to remove Trump from office.
A motion to dismiss was made in a separate hearing that was being held separately from the impeachment trial.
The Supreme Judicial Court heard oral argument on whether the president should be impeached.
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The president has not been charged with a crime, but he is under investigation for alleged obstruction of justice.
The White House has not responded to a request for comment.
The hearings began Thursday, but Kennedy said he had been considering it for months.
“I was very concerned about this issue,” Kennedy said at the start of the hearing.
The court has previously held that the president cannot be impeachable for obstruction of Congress or acts of treason. “
If there’s a finding that a President does something that is against the law, then that’s something the court should hear.”
The court has previously held that the president cannot be impeachable for obstruction of Congress or acts of treason.
In one of his last appearances before the court, President Barack Obama spoke to his attorney general, and he said he was willing to cooperate with an investigation.
Sessions, the attorney general who led the investigation, has been accused of improperly handling the case against Trump, including by firing James Comey as FBI director.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is also investigating whether there is a conflict of interest at the Justice Department when it came to Trump’s role in the probe.
“Mr. President, the president is not under investigation,” Sessions said in a statement, which was read to the court.
“He has been fully cooperative with the congressional committees.
On Tuesday, Sessions said he would not recuse himself from the investigation into Trump’s campaign and the Russia probe, which has become one of the biggest political crises of the Trump presidency. “
No matter how many times he has repeated these lies, there is no evidence of any criminal conduct by him.”
On Tuesday, Sessions said he would not recuse himself from the investigation into Trump’s campaign and the Russia probe, which has become one of the biggest political crises of the Trump presidency.
“There’s no conflict of interests or conflict of intent,” Sessions told reporters.
“Any suggestion of any wrongdoing, there’s no evidence that he has committed any wrongdoing.”
The president and Sessions were not the only ones with questions on Wednesday.
Former President Donald J. Trump Jr. said he did not know who was representing the president when he read the letter from Sessions and that he had not read the statement.
“It was kind of a bizarre letter that said, ‘We need a special prosecutor, and we need someone who can be independent,'” Trump Jr., who has said that he did nothing wrong in the meeting, said in an interview with The Washington Post.
“So I’m confused by it.
And I’m just going to keep digging.”
The hearing was held to determine if Trump should be removed from office for obstruction, which can carry up to 10 years in prison.
Justice Antonin Scalia, who is also on the court but not on the bench, dissented from the decision and said he thought Trump should resign.
The president’s attorneys argued that the letter was in clear violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers clause.
They also said the president had the constitutional authority to appoint a special counsel, which would allow him to appoint his own attorney general.
The question of whether to impeach is one of several issues the court is considering.
On Tuesday the court agreed to hear the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the constitutional right to trial by jury.
But the court also ruled on a key legal question in the case: whether the Constitution protects the president from the power to pardon.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday overturned the conviction of former Vice President Joe Biden for obstructing justice.
That ruling is expected to set a precedent for future prosecutions of Trump.
The decision means that any future prosecution for obstruction will be limited to obstruction of the impeachment process, a court official told the Associated Press.
Trump has called the decision by the appeals court “a victory for justice” and has accused the Supreme Judicial Chamber of judicial activism.
The case has been set for a hearing on Thursday.