Expletive-laden shouting match shows Trump refused to call off Capitol rioters


The quick trial, the nation's first of a former president, showed how perilously close the invaders had come to destroying the nation's deep tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power after Trump had refused to concede the election. In 2018 she was one of the few Republicans who voted against the renewal of the federal government's warrantless surveillance program.

The trial has highlighted the extraordinary danger lawmakers faced on January 6, when Trump urged his followers to march on the Capitol and "get wild" in an effort to overturn his election loss.

The Senate on Saturday acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that exposed the fragility of America's democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency.

Trump, unrepentant, welcomed his second impeachment acquittal and said his movement "has only just begun". Democrats then voted to hear from Beutler before proceeding.

"When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was anti fascist that had breached the Capitol", Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., said in a statement Friday.

"McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters", the congresswoman said.

In disclosures confirmed by a Republican lawmaker, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy had an expletive-laden phone call with Trump while the Capitol was under attack, pleading with him to call off the rioters who he said were Trump supporters. Prior to the vote, closing arguments from the House lawmakers serving as prosecutors and Trump's defense attorneys had been expected on Saturday after a week-long trial. In that vote, just six GOP senators joined with Democrats to allow the trial to proceed.

They also argued the impeachment proceedings against the former president are merely a "politically motivated witch hunt" by the Democrats.

It's important to clear up what Trump knew about the danger facing the vice president, and when he knew it, Whitehouse said.

While describing the vote on whether to convict as a "close call", McConnell told colleagues in a letter that "I am persuaded that impeachments are a tool primarily of removal and we, therefore, lack jurisdiction".

Verdict expected as Senate reconvenes for Trump impeachment trial
But Trump's lawyers say that goal only underscores the "hatred" Democrats feel for Trump. "But, please, stop the hypocrisy". He added that he did not think an effort to bar Trump from holding office again under the 14th Amendment would go anywhere.

Still, if one of the sides decides to do so, the senators will have two hours to debate and vote on the issue, plus any time needed to depose witnesses.

Five Republicans have consistently backed the constitutionality of the trial - Murkowski, Collins, Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey - and a sixth, Bill Cassidy, changed his mind to support it on Tuesday. However, he switched his vote this week, saying Trump's lawyers had done a "terrible" job making the case that the trial was unconstitutional.

During a break in the trial, a visibly angry Mr. Johnson could be seen talking animatedly with Republican colleagues on the Senate floor. He said that the impeachment managers had raised some "intriguing questions" and hoped that Trump's defense counsels would answer them thoroughly.

They concluded arguments in four hours yesterday.

The same argument was made by another of Mr Trump's lawyers, Michael van der Veen.

What's more, the Trump lawyers argued, the former president's speech does not meet the constitutional test of incitement.

To make the point, they showed a stream of video clips of Democratic politicians such as President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen.

"Please, stop the hypocrisy", Trump's lawyer David Schoen said.

On Friday Trump's defense team denied he had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to "fight like hell" at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech.

"It is about canceling 75 million Trump voters, and criminalizing political viewpoints". The Democrats need 2/3 of the senate - 67 votes - to convict Trump of incitement to insurrection, although the party controls only 50 seats.