Initially, both sides were expected to be given two hours each to make their final arguments, while the senators serving as juries would vote to acquit or condemn Trump for “inciting insurgency.” The procedure could possibly skip to next week.
Trump attorneys Bruce Castor, David Schoen and Michael van der Veen concluded their defense presentation after a few hours on Friday, instead of taking the full 16 hours allotted to them.
After the defense team’s presentation – including a video montage of Democratic leaders saying “fighting” – the two sidesThe defense says the process is unconstitutional because Trump is no longer a sitting president. Trump rejected a request to testify under oath before or at the Senate trial.
House manager Stacey Plaskett called out Trump’s defense team on Friday for clips used in one of their videos. “They played clip after clip of black women talking about fighting for a cause, problem or policy. I wasn’t lost that so many of them were people of color,” Plaskett said.
The prosecution argued that Trump willfully turned on the violent oneon January 6. Graphic, including clips from security cameras showing members of Congress running from people with firearms, baseball bats and riot shields after the mob smashed windows, smashed doors, and attempted to track down specific members of Congress and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice and the first to be subjected to impeachment after his term in office. Before he stepped down, the House of Representatives232-197 on the article “incitement to insurrection”. If two-thirds of the senate votes to condemn him, there could be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from re-taking public office.
Here’s how to watch, and these are so far.
What time does Trump’s impeachment process begin today, Saturday?
The Senate’s planned impeachment process started Saturday at 10 in the morning AND (7 hours PT)House’s process managers and defense team are each given a maximum of two hoursOne unknown is whether house managers, Trump’s attorneys or senators called witnesses to testify at trial, which will extend the length of the proceedings.
Trump’s legal team concluded its presentation on Friday, and the House impeachment managers closed their case on Thursday.
Where you can now watch the accusation trial live
The Senate impeachment trial is broadcast today on most major TV news networks. If you don’t have cable, you can check out the trial version for free here.