The call for witnesses came Saturday morning after a Friday night statement from Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. The Washington State Republican had said in a phone call with minority leader Kevin McCarthy that took place Jan. 6., Trump had expressed sympathy for the crowd.
Despite the call for witnesses, senators decided instead to include Herrera Beutler’s statement in the record and go ahead with the closing statements. Trump is accused of “inciting insurgency” for his role in the deadly
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When will the impeachment vote take place on Saturday?
The vote to call witnesses could have extended the schedule of the impeachment trial significantly, giving the Senate enough time to depose any agreed witness. Instead, house managers and the Trump defense team are expected to complete their presentations on Saturday, after which members of the senate are expected to vote on a verdict.
Each party has two hours to make their final statements, although both sides used less time than during earlier parts of the process. The defense only took a handful of hours to set out the case on Friday, instead of the two full days to which it was entitled.
With senators deciding not to call witnesses, the trial is on track to become the shortest impeachment trial ever for a US president. Trump’s first trial, in 2019, lasted 21 days. President Bill Clinton’s trial lasted 37 days; President Andrew Johnson’s lasted 83 days. Trump is the first US president to be impeached twice.
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