Trump impeachment trial: Live coverage and news from the Senate
After the witnesses’ final call was decided, the House Democrats eventually decided to cut a deal because of the unpredictability of how it would be known and feared that doing so would, according to many sources of deliberative knowledge, Their case may be overturned and their case reduced.
Sources said the Democrats decided not to call the representative. Jaime Herrera Beatler testified until shortly before the proceedings began on Saturday morning. Until former President Trump’s lawyer made a public statement agreeing to present it as evidence, they eventually settled on putting his statement on record.
Reason: They believed that proceeding with her testimony would go a little further than her statement and could potentially cost her GOP support, potentially escalating the proceedings.
Sources told CNN that Democrats were unsure how they would be tempted after passing Herrera Beatler’s testimony, with some concerns that if there was a hole in their account, they could potentially reduce their case.
Also, if they call other witnesses, it can also happen. For example, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy could testify that Trump defends what they believe is the rock-solid case that Trump instigated for the Jan. 6 rebellion in the Capitol, sources said .
Also the witnesses ultimately did not change the minds of the GOP senators, they concluded, while the Senate could be halted for weeks to hear from witnesses and end President Joe Biden’s agenda.
With sense. Jochin of West Virginia and Angus King of Maine, two centrist members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, told CNN that witnesses on both sides are needed equally, which means the trial may be delayed indefinitely, perhaps. Week.
And with a one-week delay, it could jeopardize Democrats’ ability to advance Biden’s agenda because they need consent from Republicans to schedule votes on candidates and other matters. Without consent, the Senate may be in a position of gridlock as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will be forced to take procedural steps to overcome an objection, a process that takes days for each objection.
In addition, Democrats are working hard to get a massive Kovid-19 relief package, and a trial could distract from that effort.
Ultimately, the team decided that if they went ahead with witnesses, it could potentially alienate Senate Republicans, giving them some assistance rather than benefiting any more supporters for sentencing.