The goal, they argue, has always been violence, disrupting the formal vote count in the Senate Chamber and proclaiming the lie that Trump won the election he lost to President Joe Biden.
Day 3 of Trump’s impeachment process has resumed today, with house managers having 8 hours to finalize their arguments.today.
Referring to Trump repeatedly as “Inciter-as-Chief” on Wednesday, Rep. Jamie Raskin and other House managersto connect the dots with Trump’s attempt to obstruct the election results. The video, with what Raskin called “ , “showed near misses between then Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Leader Charles Schumer and Senator Mitt Romney and . Rep. David Cicilline said rioters were “58 steps” away at a point where senators walked down a hallway.
The impeachment managers, who are prosecuting the trial, contrasted the disturbing images of the violence in the Capitol with Trump’s actions at those times. “President Trump had the power to stop these attacks,” said Cicillin. “He could have ordered them to leave, but he didn’t.”
On Wednesday,even if he were to be acquitted and become president again.
Keep reading for everything you need to know about the previously unreleased video, key moments in the trial so far, Trump attorneys’ defense strategy, and updated schedule for the rest of the trial. We will continue to update this story as the trial progresses.
Biggest moments from Wednesday’s impeachment trial against Donald Trump
House impeachment managers, who are serving as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment process, argued that the former president incited rioters to violence on January 6 by drawing up a detailed timeline dating back to last spring to demonstrate Trump’s plan to remove the undermine election results.
Here’s some of the evidence presented so far.
- Video and audio clips and social media posts were used to show that in the weeks leading up to the January 6 riot, Trump repeatedly called on his supporters to storm the Capitol. Video clips featured Trump supporters reiterating Trump’s false claims 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.
- Security video guiding Pence safety and Capitol security, Schumer and Romney rush away from nearby rioters. Pence was not evacuated until around 2:26 p.m. ET on the day of the uprising. Rioters got close to finding Pence – who was hiding in the building with his family – when insurgents “entered the Capitol to track them down” chanting “hang Mike Pence.” In the days leading up to Jan. 6, Trump tried to pressure Pence and members of Congress to reverse the election results, the impeachment managers said.
- and interactive models of the Capitol’s layout built out a timeline of the attack on the Capitol and the locations of the rioters in relation to members of Congress during the siege.
- Instead of calling off the attackTrump tweeted a highlight of his rally speech that morning while “his own vice president was violently attacked,” before praising the “great patriots” in a tweet, the prosecution said.
- Recordings of Trump pressuring state officials to overturn election results confirming Biden’s victory, and audio of messages between DC and Capitol police during the uprising were played as part of the case to convict.
The trial is now scheduled for the weekend, as a change
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.
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 13: The defense will give their presentation.
- Feb. 14, 2 p.m. ET: Senator questions, scheduled for 4 a.m.
- Next week: closing arguments – two hours per party – and the vote on conviction or acquittal, 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 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. This vote would only require a simple majority, where Vice President Kamala Harris who served as Senate President would bring 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.