The second impeachment trial, of now former, President Trump began yesterday. This process began back on Jan. 13th when the House of Representative voted for the impeachment, charging then President Trump with “incitement of insurrection.” This article of impeachment was drafted after the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6th.
You can read the Articles of Impeachment on CNN.
The House Impeachment Managers and Trump’s Defense Team both said their position during todays debate.
Rep. Jamie Ruskin of Maryland, the lead impeachment manager, began his presentation with a video of the capital riot. The disturbing footage displayed how the rioters overtook The Capitol, the police overtaken, and property destroyed.
The video concluded with Trump’s deleted tweet that read, “”these are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away.”
Ruskin buried his son the day before the riot. He returned to work to certify the election votes and had his daughter and son-in-law with him.
While on the defense, Trump’s lawyers argued that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional. They also argued that Trump did not incite the riot, and his speech is protected by the first amendment. One of the lawyers on Trump’s team, David Schoen, argued that the only point of this impeachment is for Democrats to keep Trump from running for office again
Once all arguments were made, todays proceedings ended with a 56-44 vote that this impeachment trial is constitutional. Six senate Republicans sided with the democrats on this vote.
These are the six Republicans who voted with senate Democrats:
- Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
- Susan Collins of Maine
- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
- Mitt Romney of Utah
- Ben Sasse of Nebraska
- Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
Up next the House managers and Trump’s defense get to present their cases for up to 16 hours over the next couple days.
Proceedings are expected to resume today at noon.