Trump’s impeachment trial extended after Senate voted for 55-45 witnesses

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Former President Donald Trump‘s second impeachment trial looked set to last longer than expected after the Senate voted Saturday morning to call witnesses. No witnesses were expected in the proceedings, but the House’s senior manager, Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, said Saturday morning that his team wanted to call Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state after she issued a statement Friday night. who said Trump on Jan.6 resisted telling his supporters to stop storming the Capitol while on the phone with Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.

“This is an additional critical piece of corroborating evidence,” Raskin said in the Senate. “We would like the opportunity to quote Congresswoman Herrera regarding her communications with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and to quote her contemporaneous notes that she made regarding what President Trump told her. to Kevin McCarthy in the middle of the insurrection. ” Markets were expected to shrug off proceedings, and major US stock indicators SPX, + 0.47% DJIA, + 0.09% on Friday closed with weekly gains. Investors are more focused on talks about President Joe Biden‘s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid proposal. But with the trial entering a new phase, rather than ending on Saturday afternoon as anticipated, there is the potential for delays in the Senate’s work on COVID relief. On Saturday, the Senate voted 55-45 to call witnesses at the trial, as five Republicans joined the House’s 50 Democrats and independents. Those five Republican senators included four known for criticizing Trump: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally, also voted to call witnesses, after tweeting Saturday morning that “if you want a delay, it will be long with many, many witnesses.” One of Trump’s defense attorneys, Michael van der Veen, made comments similar to Graham’s when he addressed the Senate on Saturday. “If you vote for witnesses, don’t handcuff me by limiting the number of witnesses I can have. I need to do a thorough investigation that they did not do, ”said the lawyer. The Senate appears ready to hold more votes in the next phase of the trial, according to guidance to procedures issued last week by the office of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat. The guide said that if the chamber supported the call of witnesses, “then motions to subpoena witnesses or documents will be in order, and the Senate will vote on those motions.” “If witnesses or documents are subpoenaed, both parties will be able to depose witnesses and make a proper discovery,” the guide said as well. “In that case, the specific provisions for the holding of depositions and witness testimony in the Senate, if ordered by the Senate, will be included in a subsequent Senate resolution to be agreed upon later in the trial.” “House trustees changed their minds this morning,” Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Trump ally, said in a tweet. Schumer surprised him. Pandemonium. They are negotiating now to determine next steps. “Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii tweeted that it is” time to subpoena and depose Trump, “as his attorneys” threaten to subpoena 100 witnesses, “but not the former President. Trump faces one charge of inciting an insurrection in the wake of the assault on the Capitol on January 6 by his supporters. He has become the first president to be indicted twice, and it is also the first time the trial has been held. has carried out after he left the White House Read more: Impeachment manager compares Trump to a rogue fire chief who tells the mob to start the fire, then watches ‘with glee’ how the fire spreads See also: Trump’s defense attorney criticizes the second impeachment trial as a ‘culture of constitutional cancellation’ A conviction in the trial would be a big surprise, as it requires the support of two-thirds of the Senate, that is, 17 of the 50 republican the Senate and the 50 Democrats and independents in the House. Only six Republican senators voted Tuesday to allow the trial to proceed, underscoring the great odds facing House administrators, who serve as prosecutors. Trump’s first impeachment trial ended a year ago with a Senate vote to acquit him of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The vote was 52-48 for the abuse count and 53-47 for obstruction, and Romney broke with his party and joined Democrats in voting “guilty” on the first count. Now Read: The Cost of the National Guard’s Mission to Protect the US Capitol is Estimated at $ 483 Million Opinion: Despite the Capitol Insurrection, Trump was never a would-be fascist dictator