Senate Votes To Acquit Donald Trump On Impeachment Charge Of Inciting Capitol Siege

That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said:‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.’" She said in a statement, “When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters.
UPDATE, 7:20 AM PT: Democrats prosecuting the case against Donald Trump moved to call at least one witness in Donald Trump's impeachment trial.
The decision to move forward with even one witness likely will extend the proceedings after there was some expectation that the proceedings would wrap up Saturday afternoon. All signs were that Trump would be acquitted, as impeachment managers would fall short of the 2/3 of members needed to convict.
"He cannot be troubled to come here to tell us what happened, and to tell us why this was the patriotic and the constitutional thing to do." "The president who contacted them, solicited them, lured them, incited them, that president has suddenly gone quiet and dark, nowhere to be found," Raskin said.
6, McConnell has up to now declined to say which way he was leaning. Politico and other sources reported that he informed colleagues in a letter of his decision. During the trial, he has stared straight ahead as the impeachment managers and Trump's legal team has presented their arguments. While critical of Trump's conduct on Jan.
It was unclear how the deal unfolded to avoid calling witnesses, but such a move could have extended the proceedings for weeks. Trump's team said that it should have been allowed to call its own witnesses.
PREVIOUSLY: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to vote to acquit Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial, multiple news outlets reported on Saturday.
There have been renewed calls for Democrats to call witnesses after a CNN report on Friday that revealed details of a call that Trump had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.” />
"Yup. Huge, huge cave. The decision to ultimately not call witnesses drew quick criticism of Democrats. Would’ve been better off not even raising the witness issue at all," Jon Favreau, the PodSaveAmerica co-host, wrote.
Instead of deposing her, both sides agreed to enter her statement into the record. Earlier, the Senate voted 55-45 to call witnesses, after lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called for deposing Jaime Herrera Beutler, a Republican congresswoman who said that she was briefed about a call that Trump made with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the siege was unfolding.
"January 6th would not have happened but for the actions of Donald Trump," Schumer said.
“Since I publicly announced my decision to vote for impeachment, I have shared these details in countless conversations with constituents and colleagues, and multiple times through the media and other public forums." She said that she had been public on the details of the conversation, sharing them in another news report and with constituents.
Raskin said that they also would seek Beutler's notes about the conversation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the case against Trump was "open and shut," calling it a "textbook example" of an impeachable offense.
If Trump is convicted, he would be barred from running for president again.
THIRD UPDATE, 9:55 AM PT: The impeachment trial of Donald Trump moved forward after a confusing few hours in which the Senate voted to call witnesses but ultimately avoided doing just that.
Trump was impeached on one article of inciting an insurrection.
Joe Neguse (D-CO). "The stakes could not be higher because the cold hard truth is that what happened on January 6th can happen again," said Rep. "I fear, like many of you do, that the violence we saw on that terrible day may be just the beginning."
Lindsey Graham changed his vote from nay to yay, as he has said that he would like to call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about how much she knew about the threat to the Capitol in advance of the storming of the Capitol. Five Republican senators voted with Democrats to call witnesses: Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney.
Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that the impeachment managers want to subpoena testimony from Rep. Rep. 6. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), one of the sources of a CNN report that Trump, in a phone call with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, was unconcerned about the Capitol siege as it was unfolding on Jan.
According to the CNN report, McCarthy begged Trump to call off the rioters as the Capitol was under attack, but Trump told him, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." The report was based on accounts of lawmakers who were briefed on the call.
"Senators, this trial in the final analysis is not about Donald Trump," he said. "The country and the world know who Donald Trump is. This trial is about who we are."
The Senate then moved to a vote on whether to allow witnesses in the trial.
SECOND UPDATE, 7:28 AM PT: The Senate voted to call witnesses in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, after a last-minute report of a call that the then-president made with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as the siege was unfolding.
He was referring in part to Trump's promise, made at his Jan. 6 rally, that he would be "there with you" as they marched down to the Capitol.
6 siege at the Capitol, bringing to an end a trial that lasted just five days. FIFTH UPDATE: The Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on the impeachment charge of inciting the Jan.
It had looked as if Democrats wanted to move swiftly through the trial without calling witnesses, as it looked unlikely that extending the proceedings further would sway enough Republican votes to convict.. But the revelation of the Trump-McCarthy call changed that equation. Raskin said that the call was central to showing Trump's state of mind as the siege unfolded.
Seven Republicans joined with 48 Democrats and two independents in favor of conviction. The Senate voted 57-43 to convict Trump, short of the 67 votes needed.
It means that a vote on whether to convict or acquit Trump will likely come later today, after impeachment managers and Trump's attorneys deliver their closing arguments.
That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said:‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.’" In her statement, Herrera Beutler,said, “When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters.
There was some confusion over what the senators actually voted on — whether it was to call witnesses in general or just one witness, a Republican congresswoman who said she was briefed on the details of the call. The vote was 55-45.
On Jan. 13, he became the first president to be impeached twice. This is the second time that Trump has been acquitted of impeachment charges.
He also falsely left-wing mobs of being part of the siege on the Capitol, even though reports of antifa involvement have been debunked. Trump's attorney, Michael van der Veen, tried to characterize Democrats as "obsessed" with Trump and accused them of conducting a "complete impeachment show trial." But he again went through what has been the bulk of Trump's defense: whataboutism, by pointing to provocative statements that have been made by Democrats.
In Trump's last impeachment trial, Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict. The Republicans who voted to convict were Richard Burr, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey.
Herrera Beutler was among the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), who released a statement on Friday evening that confirmed a CNN report on what McCarthy told her about the call. Democrats want to call Rep.
More to come.
That's the long and short of it." But MSNBC'S Chris Hayes wrote on Twitter, "I think they should absolutely pause the trial and depose witnesses. As many as they need! But in the end, basically everyone wants this over, because literally no matter what was found R's are going to vote to acquit and time is precious.
The trial will resume on Saturday morning with closing arguments, unless impeachment managers make a move to call witnesses. The Senate has set aside four hours for closing arguments, meaning a vote could come mid-afternoon.
That make it all the more likely that Trump will not be convicted, with a vote possible later in the afternoon.
"Now is the time to end this, now is the time to hear closing arguments," he said.
Biden garnered 81 million votes, a record, and Trump skipped his inauguration, after falsely claiming for months that the election was stolen from him.
FOURTH UPDATE, 12:10 PM PT: Democrats moved briskly through their closing arguments, with lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin telling senators that Donald Trump betrayed even the mob that stormed the Capitol.
One of Trump's attorneys, Michael van der Veen, reacted angrily to the new development, arguing that "if they wanna have witnesses, I'm gonna want over at least 100 depositions." He even demanded that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris be deposed in his office. Democrats laughed after the comment.
Jamie Raskin (D-MD) said that the phone call will provide evidence as to Trump's state of mind. Rep.
Romney said that Trump "also violated his oath of office by failing to protect the Capitol, the vice president and others in the Capitol."
No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago." Minutes after the vote, Trump released a statement in which he said, "This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.

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