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In a surprise move, Senate votes to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial

 

The Senate voted Saturday to allow witnesses to be called in Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial, delaying the timetable for reaching a verdict on whether th former president bears responsibility for his role in the violent takeover of the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said he wants to subpoena Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), who said in a statement Friday night that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told her that Trump had expressed sympathy for the mob during a heated phone call between the two as the Jan. 6 attack was unfolding.

The vote came after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled that he will vote to acquit Trump. In an email, McConnell made his plans clear, according to an official who confirmed on the condition of anonymity.

Trump’s lawyers delivered a relatively brief defense of his conduct Friday, accusing House Democrats of staging a politically motivated proceeding in a rebuttal that echoed Trump’s misleading claims about the 2020 presidential election.

Trump’s speech before the riot had no overt calls for his supporters to enter the Capitol or resort to violent means. But it included plenty of allusions to the idea that Congress accepting Biden’s victory was a result that must be stopped.

The Senate voted Saturday to call witnesses in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, in a surprise move that comes one day after a Republican congresswoman’s account of the former president’s actions on Jan. 6 received national attention.

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said Saturday that he wanted to subpoena Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.).

The final vote tally on calling witnesses was 55 in favor and 45 opposed. Five Republicans joined Democrats in voting in favor: Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Ben Sasse (Neb.) and Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who initially voted “no” but later switched to “yes.”

Graham has previously warned that a lengthy trial — including witnesses — could open up “Pandora’s box” because Trump’s team could then call its own.

“If you open up that can of worms, we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people preplanned this attack and what happened with the security footprint of the Capitol,” Graham said on Fox News Channel earlier this month. “You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness.”

Beutler said in a statement Friday night that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told her that Trump had expressed sympathy for the mob during a heated phone call between the two as the Jan. 6 attack was unfolding.

“Last night this was breaking news,” Raskin said.

In her statement Friday night, Beutler said that when McCarthy “finally reached the president on Jan. 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol.”

“McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters. That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said, ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,’” Beutler said.

McCarthy has not publicly responded to Beutler’s account of the conversation.

Raskin’s team has wanted witnesses from the beginning but relented in the face of practical considerations, President Biden’s preferences, the hardened vote totals against convicting Trump and the complex legal questions around calling witnesses.

 

 


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seandelevan said:
Fuck this team
StraightJ said:
I'll tie a frying pan to my ass so you hurt your penis, you ****ing homo!
BertSquirtgum said:
Shut the fuck up dark cloud pussy
Mainejays said:
Anyone who is foolish enough to not be a Buffalo Bills fan can go f*ck themselves with a wooden shovel handle.
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also, all that shit in your signature is beyond annoying. just like you.

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Come on guys. We probably should act like the outcome was ever in doubt. Let’s do again, third times the charm. It’s not like congress has anything else to do with it’s time. 

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1 hour ago, Thebowflexbody said:

What a joke.  God knows what revenge the libs will think up next.  Cocksuckers.

Cocaine Mitch said they're going to drum up a criminal case.  :niterider:

 


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seandelevan said:
Fuck this team
StraightJ said:
I'll tie a frying pan to my ass so you hurt your penis, you ****ing homo!
BertSquirtgum said:
Shut the fuck up dark cloud pussy
Mainejays said:
Anyone who is foolish enough to not be a Buffalo Bills fan can go f*ck themselves with a wooden shovel handle.
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212frawk said:
also, all that shit in your signature is beyond annoying. just like you.

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3 hours ago, Thebowflexbody said:

Over.  Done.  Finis.  Complete waste of time.  Dems suck.  Fact. 

The Republicans definitely made immoral decisions based on party affiliation rather than being objective jurors. In short, they're weasels. The continuation of Trump's woes have not even begun yet. He's going to get slapped with civil suit after civil suit, and for those suits he will be libel. Just as OJ was slapped with suit after suit in civil court after he was acquitted. Now there are a broad range of Americans who want to see him crushed, left without a penny or an asset to his name. So as far as I am concerned the best parts have not arrived yet. Mark my words, they will. And totally correct, an acquittal is not a not guilty verdict, not by a long shot. Trump's woes are just starting. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. If I had my way, he'd be in Federal Prison right now.


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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51 minutes ago, HipKat said:

The Republicans definitely made immoral decisions based on party affiliation rather than being objective jurors. In short, they're weasels. The continuation of Trump's woes have not even begun yet. He's going to get slapped with civil suit after civil suit, and for those suits he will be libel. Just as OJ was slapped with suit after suit in civil court after he was acquitted. Now there are a broad range of Americans who want to see him crushed, left without a penny or an asset to his name. So as far as I am concerned the best parts have not arrived yet. Mark my words, they will. And totally correct, an acquittal is not a not guilty verdict, not by a long shot. Trump's woes are just starting. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy. If I had my way, he'd be in Federal Prison right now.

Just because they disagree with your flawed thinking/logic/morals.  Got it.  Oh, and MARK MY WORDS, your dreams of a ruined and jailed President Trump are pure fantasy.  You take all of this so personally.  WEIRD.

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4 minutes ago, Thebowflexbody said:

Just because they disagree with your flawed thinking/logic/morals.  Got it.  Oh, and MARK MY WORDS, your dreams of a ruined and jailed President Trump are pure fantasy.  You take all of this so personally.  WEIRD.

I've never said jailed. Ever.

 

57-43, Trump escapes political reckoning - for now.

Now the fun begins: Grand juries in DC, NY & GA along with an honest DOJ.

Oh and don't forget the pending civil suits.

Enjoy the show!

 


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

 

Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

Seek help. soflabillsfan

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