Donald Trump’s defense lawyers are set to present evidence in the US Senate, denying charges he incited insurrection in the Capitol riots of 6 January. The team has indicated it may take up only four of its 16 hours, and so move the impeachment trial to a speedy end. Democrats spent two days putting their case, including video footage of the violence and arguing acquittal could see a repeat of the attack on Congress.
Senators at Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial have been shown new dramatic and graphic video of the day his supporters stormed the US Congress. The footage showed police engaging in hand-to-hand clashes with rioters and desperately pleading for support. Officers ushered politicians to safety, sometimes within meters of the mob breaking into the chambers. A two-thirds majority is required to convict Mr Trump in the evenly split 100-seat Senate.
A divided US Senate voted to proceed with the historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump after an emotional opening day in which the prosecution argued that the former president was singularly responsible for inciting the deadly assault on the US Capitol while the defense warned that the proceedings would further cleave a divided nation. Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office.
Donald Trump’s hopes of avoiding conviction by the US Senate received a boost on Tuesday when 45 Republicans tried to dismiss his impeachment trial before it even began. The procedural vote was not enough to prevent the trial going ahead, since 55 senators voted that it should, but it did suggest that Democrats face an uphill battle to get the 67 senators they will need for a conviction on a two-thirds majority vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed delaying former President Trump’s impeachment trial until February so the former president’s new legal team will have time to prepare his defense. The Democrat-led House rushed a vote last week to impeach Trump for “incitement of insurrection” after a violent mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 and delayed the certification of President Biden’s electoral college win.
Republicans have joined the race by Democrats to remove Donald Trump from office, after Mike Pence rejected a vote to oust the president. Liz Cheney, the third most senior Republican in the House of Representatives, said she would vote to impeach Mr Trump. With insufficient time to impeach him before he is succeeded by Democrat Joe Biden in seven days’ time, the Senate would still be able to ban him from running for office again.
The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for documents as part of its impeachment inquiry into the president. In a letter to Giuliani dated Monday, the heads of three House committees asked for information related to the president’s and his lawyer’s efforts to get Ukraine’s government to investigate the Biden family.
Donald Trump’s defense team concluded its oral arguments in the US Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday, setting the stage for two days of questioning. The closing arguments came amid a bombshell report that former national security adviser John Bolton implicates President Trump in his new book. Mr Bolton reportedly writes that Mr Trump directly withheld security aid to Ukraine for his own political benefit.
The House of Representatives transmitted articles of impeachment against Donald Trump to the Senate on Wednesday, setting in motion a trial that could unearth damaging new evidence of misconduct by Trump as the 2020 presidential contest heats up. The House approved a resolution to transmit two articles of impeachment on a mostly party-line vote of 228-193, hewing closely to the tally by which the articles were approved last month.
House lawmakers voted to impeach President Trump on Wednesday in only the third such rebuke in American history. The move triggers a trial for Trump in the Senate, expected in January — one in which majority Republicans are likely to permit him to retain his office. The vote was largely along party lines. Every Republican opposed impeachment.