Takeaways From Day 5 of Trump’s Impeachment Trial
Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial concluded The brief testimony was suspected on Saturday, after a last-minute request for witness testimony threatened the president to act on whether the president incited the Capitol riot on January 6 that was on the verge of wrapping up . But the impeachment managers of the House quickly dropped the request and paved the way for arguments to be closed and a vote that acquitted Mr. Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors.
Here are some takeaways from the fifth day of testing.
The Senate acquitted Trump of inciting the Capital Riot.
In a 57 to 43 vote, the Senate handed over a acquittal for Mr. Trump for the second time in 13 months. But it was the most bipartisan support for any of the four impeachment convictions in American history.
Democrats needed 17 Republicans to vote with Mr. Trump to indict him A fee of “incentive to insure” For his role in Capitol attack. In the end, only seven broke the ranks, but he was Senator Richard M. of North Carolina. The party with Burr was more than expected to cross the lines.
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.”
But even as the trial blamed Mr. Trump, Criminal cases For his roles in Riot are building against his supporters. Already more than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the attack, and investigators are only just getting started.
Additional evidence produced in the coming months could give a sharper picture of Mr. Trump’s role on that day, leaving open the possibility that being acquitted on Saturday would not be the last word on his legacy.
Surprise at blaming Burr with one vote, and McConnell condemned Trump despite voting for acquittal.
Mr. Burr, a reliably conservative vote from North Carolina, unexpectedly moved to convict Mr. Trump on Saturday.
“The president promoted baseless conspiracy theories to suspect the loyalty of a free and fair election because he did not like the results,” said Mr. Burr Statement Saturday afternoon. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting a rebellion against a disproportionate branch of government and this charge rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Mr. Boor, who was retiring at the end of his term after the 2022 election, had, at times, a cordial relationship with Mr. Trump. As head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mr. Burr led the bipartisan investigation Russia’s interference in 2016 election.
While Mr. Burr’s vote was surprising, the vote Senator Mitch McConnell Kentucky, the minority leader, was more confused.
Mr. McConnell Told mates early Saturday He would vote to acquit the former president, and he did. But after the impeachment trial ended, Mr. McConnell took to the Senate floor and said, “There is no question – none – President Trump is practically and morally responsible for instigating the events of the day.”
Mr. McConnell has been a former presidential protector and even Joseph R. Biden Jr. supported Mr. Trump by refusing to win the election for more than a month after he was declared the winner. As in Mr. McConnell had taken the stand, Mr. Trump provoked his supporters with claims of fraudulent voter fraud due to fraudulent attacks. Mr. McConnell’s vengeance for Mr. Trump was many times stronger than the senators who voted to plead guilty.
Mr. McConnell said that although Mr. Trump was responsible for the riot, the Senate should not try the former president. Impeachment, he said, is a “narrow device” intended to expel officers from office, not to pursue them later. At the beginning of the test, Senate voted Mr. Buru and Mr. It was appropriate to stop the trial over the objections of most Republicans, including McConnell.
After considering the witnesses, the senators reached a bipartisan agreement not to extend the case.
Despite the partisan divide that defined the trial, Republican and Democratic senators agreed Saturday that the proceedings should not be extended with testimony from witnesses.
On Saturday morning, the Senate was set to hear arguments from prosecutors and defendants, but plans for a swift end with 11th-hour evidence threatened that House impeachment managers argued their case Important to: Details about a phone call with California Representative Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, who is said to have sided with the rioters as his supporters attacked the Capitol.
On Friday evening, Washington representative Jaime Herrera Beatler, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, Issued a statement detailing the conversation with Mr. McCarthy In which he described his conversation 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 on Saturday.
“If they want to get it out, we’ll pull it out,” Senator Jonny Ernst of Iowa, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said during a break in the proceedings. “They won’t get their nodes, they won’t get anything,” he said, referring to President Biden’s nomination to fill top positions in his administration.
Democrats have been eager for a speedy trial partly to focus on filling Mr. Biden’s cabinet and to begin working on his agenda.
After behind-the-scenes negotiations, the two sides agreed to record Ms. Harera Beatler’s statement on the record.
Trump’s defense attorneys were ready to say goodbye to Washington.
Michael T. Van der vanOne of Mr. Trump’s attorneys expressed disappointment at the prospect of dragging the proceedings with witness testimony. A trial lawyer in Philadelphia, Mr. van der Veen has at times flared up in the Senate Chamber for lack of judicial norms, which are typical in courts around the country.
“If they want to keep a witness, I need at least more than 100 deposits, not just one,” Mr van der Veen said Saturday, adding the witnesses “were inappropriate and inappropriate at this point in the trial.” ” “(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.
“We should close this case today. We each formulated our closing arguments, ”he said. At one point, he became so furious that he had to step back “and cool the room temperature a little.”
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.
Reporting was contributed by Alan Rappaport Emily Kochan, Nicholas Fandos, Maggie Haberman, Charlie savage, Luke broadwater And Glen thrush.