Saturdaybegan with an unexpected call to subpoenas, a move that suggested a sentence be postponed. The change was prompted by a statement Friday night by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. The Washington State Republican had said that while speaking with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Trump was not concerned about the safety of the lawmakers who were in the building for Joe̵
But after Herrera Beutler’s statement was included in the record, the trial went on to close arguments, with each side having two hours to summarize their case. Thereafter, the trial is expected to move to a vote to acquit or condemn Trump on the charge of “inciting insurrection”.
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, which included a video montage of Democratic leaders saying the word “fight,” the two sidesThe defense said 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.
The prosecution argued that Trump willfully turned on the deadlyGraphic, including clips from security cameras showing members of Congress running from people wielding firearms, baseball bats and riot shields after mobs smashed windows, smashed doors and tried to track down specific lawmakers, including former Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump is the first president in US history to be impeached twice and the first to be tried after his term in office ends. Before he stepped down, the House of RepresentativesIf two-thirds of the Senate votes to condemn him, there could be an additional vote to disqualify Trump from re-holding public office.
Here’s how to watch, and these are so far.
What time will Trump’s impeachment process end on Saturday?
The trial began Saturday at 10 a.m.ET (7 a.m.PT). House’s process managers and defense teams are currentlyThe Senate is expected to vote on its verdict within hours.
Where you can now watch the accusation trial live
The Senate impeachment trial will be broadcast on most major TV news channels on Saturday. If you don’t have cable, you can check out the trial version for free here.