Here are a few takeaways from the final day of Trump’s impeachment trial.
Donald J. on Saturday. The conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial was briefly put into doubt following a last-minute request for testimony that threatened to extend the proceedings. But the issue was resolved, paving the way for arguments to be closed and a vote that seconded Mr. Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors. Here are some Takeaways from fifth and final day of trial.
The Senate acquitted Trump of instigating the capital riot.
Democrats needed 17 Republicans to vote with Mr. Trump to indict him A fee of “incentive to insure” For his role in the Capitol attack. In the end, only seven broken ranks, one more than expected: Senator Richard M. of North Carolina. Bur.
In closing arguments, Mr Trump’s defense team condemned the deadly violence on 6 January, saying the former president was malicious by a biased news media and a “retaliator” by his political opponents.
One of the impeachment managers, Colorado Representative Joe Neguse, raised the possibility of more politically motivated attacks in the future, not to hold Mr. Trump accountable.
“Senators, this cannot be the beginning. This cannot be the new normal,” Mr. Neguse said on Saturday. “It must be the end. The decision is in your hands.”
The rapid conclusion of the test was almost derailed.
On Saturday morning, the Senate was set to hear closed arguments, but plans for a swift end were threatened with 11 hours of evidence that the managers of the House impeachment argument was crucial: with California Representative Kevin McCarthy Details about a phone call, Minority Leader of the House, which said Mr Trump sided with the rioters as his supporters stormed the Capitol.
The details were made in a statement issued Friday evening by Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump. He broadened his conversation with Mr. McCarthy Regarding the call with the President.
The possibility of allowing testimony provoked Republicans.
“If you want a delay, it will be a long one with many, many witnesses,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina Said on twitter.
“If they want to pull it out, we’ll pull it out,” Senator Jonny Ernst of Iowa, Said during a break in proceedings. He said, “They won’t get their nom, they won’t get anything.” He referred to President Biden’s nominations for the top positions.
After behind-the-scenes negotiations, the two sides agreed to record Ms. Harera Beatler’s statement on the bus record.
Trump defense lawyers were ready to say goodbye to Washington.
Michael T. Van der van The witness expressed disappointment at the possibility of dragging the proceedings along with the testimony. A trial lawyer in Philadelphia, Mr. van der Veen has been provoked by the lack of judicial norms in the Senate chamber several times.
“If they want to keep a witness, I need to submit at least more than 100, not just one”, Mr. van der Veen said, adding witnesses at this point in the trial were “inappropriate and inappropriate.” (Senate faced similar situation In the trial of Mr. Trump’s first impeachment.) But the court’s criteria he uses in impeachment proceedings are largely drawn by the Senate.
Mr. van der Veen, part of a team of lawyers who later handled the defense Mr. Trump’s Methods of Separation With his first team, he said he had only eight days to prepare.
“It’s about the saddest experience I’ve had here in Washington, DC,” he said on Friday.