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President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after House impeachment manager, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), laid out the evidence against the President unveiled by House Democrats, one of Trump's defense attorneys—Jay Sekulow—asked a question in his rebuttal.

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A day after Senators took an oath of impartiality in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, the President eagerly announced the team of lawyers who will be defending him.

Two names on the list stood out.

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President Donald Trump speaks to Lester Holt in May 2017. The president's lawyer now claims the interview was doctored. (Screenshot via YouTube)

President Donald Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow claimed, without evidence, that an interview Trump sat down for with NBC's Lester Holt, in which Trump said that one of his reasons for firing former FBI Director James Comey was the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, was doctored.

"You know that when there are interviews, there are edits and there is a longer transcript, and I will just tell you without disclosing any detail that when you review the entire transcript, it is very clear as to what happened," Sekulow said, stressing that a line later in the interview that was cut makes Trump's comments about "the Russia thing" look less damning (and considerably less like an admission of obstruction of justice).

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