“Is there a political leader in this room who believes that if Donald Trump is ever allowed to return to the Oval Office by the Senate, he would stop inciting violence to get his way?” Rep. Jamie Raskin, chief impeachment manager, said. ‘Would you like to bet the lives of more police officers on that? Would you bet your family’s safety on that? ‘
At a key point in the case this week, former Vice President Mike Pence was shown on security footage escorted to safety with his family after rioters breached the Capitol and sung threats against Pence.
The managers used video footage from Trump campaign rallies from 2016 to earlier this year, showing a pattern of Trump inciting supporters to act violently leading up to the January 6., killing at least five and injuring dozens.
On the last day their case was presented, House impeachment managers said rioters in Washington were in the direction of Trump, believing Trump had urged them to “fight like hell” and attack the Capitol. The managers then turned to Trump’s words dating back to 2016 and showed a pattern of supportive violence, they said.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about key moments in the trial so far, the defense strategy of Trump’s attorneys, and the new trial schedule. We will continue to update this story as the trial progresses.
Key moments from the process of impeaching Donald Trump so far
House impeachment managers, who are serving as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment process, continued to defend their case against Trump on Thursday for instigating the Jan. 6 uprising.
Here’s some of the evidence the House managers have presented so far:
Video and social media posts from supporters Attending Trump’s Jan. 6 rally ahead of the Capitol riot is intended to prove a causal link between Trump’s comments at the rally and the actions of the rioters.
Images from Trump rallies from 2016 and 2017, urging supporters to attack protesters at the events and praising the attacks, claiming their actions were “appropriate”.
Trump statements after the January 6 attack that showed a lack of remorse and refusal to be held accountable, which the managers claim is sending a message to future presidents that there will be no repercussions for instigating an uprising if the Senate does not face charges votes. The presentation reported that at least 16 officials resigned in the days following the riot.
The costs for state and federal governments to prepare for – and recover from – the actions of what house managers repeatedly referred to as “President Trump’s gang.” Managers also looked at the emotional cost to congressmen, staff and workers as a result of the riot and examined the possible consequences of Trump’s acquittal.
On Wednesday, video and audio clips and social media posts showed Trump repeatedly calling on supporters to storm the Capitol before January 6.against Pence and members of Congress, as well as false allegations about the election. Trump intentionally used false allegations of electoral fraud, House executives claimed, to “instigate an angry base to ‘fight like hell'” to overturn legitimate elections.
Trump impeachment vote Saturday?
Trump’s impeachment trial would initially be suspended from Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET until Sunday morning, if the trial was not completed by then. On Wednesday, Trump’s defense reportedly withdrawn the request to break on Saturday, allowing proceedings to continue on Saturday and Sunday, The Hill said. CNN reported Thursday that the defense can only use one day to present their case.
This is how the process will unfold (and here is):
- Feb. 11, 12 noon ET: The house managers will close their business; prosecutors and defense each have a maximum of 16 hours to present their arguments, with neither party allowed to be present for more than eight hours a day.
- February 12 and possibly February 13: The defense will give their presentation.
- Feb. 13 or 14, 2 p.m. ET: Senator questions, scheduled for 4 p.m.
- Feb. 14 or next week: Closing arguments – two hours before each party – and the conviction or acquittal vote, which requires a two-thirds super majority.
If the House impeachment managers wish to summon witnesses or subpoenas documents prior to their closing arguments, there will be two hours of debate by each party, followed by a Senate vote on whether or not to allow this. If witnesses are called, there will be sufficient time for them to be dropped and for each party to complete the discovery before giving any testimony.
Trump lawyers’ defense can rest on two things
On Day 1, Trump’s legal team took the stand, relying on a neutral analysis of the constitution to suggest that the impeachment trial is without merit. The defense is widely expected to counteract the prosecution’s emotional and visual arguments with this different approach.
Presidents are impeached. Presidents are detachable. Former presidents are not because they cannot be removed, Trump attorney David Shoen said. “The constitution is clear. Trial by the Senate is reserved for the president of the United States, not an individual or a former president.”
Raskin countered, “The constitution makes it clear that there is no exception to impeachment in January, that a president cannot commit serious crimes in his last days and escape any reaction from Congress.”
In addition to arguing that the trial is unconstitutional, Trump’s lawyers are also expected to argue that Trump exercised his right to free speech and that the Capitol Hill rioters acted alone.
The senator presiding over Trump’s impeachment process is also a juror
The US Constitution contains clear guidelines for the impeachment of a sitting president: the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must preside. Trump’s trial is an uncommon case, however, as he is now a private person on January 20.
Senator Patrick Leahy, the new senate president pro tempore, chairs. As a senator, he is expected to also be able to vote in the process. He is also a witness to the uprising in the Capitol. The House continues the case and the Senate sits on the jury and will ultimately vote for conviction or acquittal.
To condemn Trump, 67 senators – or two-thirds of the Senate – must vote in favor. After Biden’s inauguration, the Senate now consists of 48 Democrats, two independents who consult with Democrats and 50 Republicans, for an even 50-50 split.
The 6th Republican Senator joined the Democrats in a test vote
Following the two sides’ arguments, the Senate voted on whether it is constitutional to try a former president. In all, 56 senators voted for and 44 against – meaning six Republican senators voted to continue the process, along with the 48 Democrats and two independents.
“It was disorganized, arbitrary,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, after the proceedings. “[Trump’s lawyers] Speaking of many things, but not the issue at hand … Is it constitutional to depose a president who has left office? And the House managers have made a compelling, convincing case, and the president’s team has not. ‘
To condemn Trump, 17 Republican senators would have to vote in favor, along with the 48 Democrats and two independents, to reach the two-thirds super majority.
In a previous motion on Jan. 27 to declare the process unconstitutional, only five Republicans voted with Democrats in the Senate. On Monday the Republican SENS voted. Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pat Toomey this time at by Cassidy to vote in favor.
This is what happens if the Senate convicts or acquits Trump
If itin the Senate, there will be an additional vote to prevent him from re-running (under Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution), which would rule out a possible presidential run in 2024. For this vote, only a regular Kamala Harris, who served as Senate President, would score a tie if necessary.
Trump could also be disqualified for the benefits given to former presidents by the Post Presidents Act, including a Secret Service security detail, pension, and annual travel allowance.
Depicted presidents also cannot be pardoned under the US Constitution.
If acquitted, Trump would have access to all the benefits of a former US president, including the option to run for public office.
Trump’s impeachment in 2019
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 2019, but the Senate with a Republican majority acquitted him in early 2020.
His first charge involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The problem was Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a phone call in July 2019 in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine to break the alleged links between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company. to investigate. The articles also charged Trump with interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.