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    (CNN)In the moments after former President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate for a second time in a little more than a year, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell rose to speak. His message was clear: the former President could not be the future of the Republican Party. Even as McConnell voted that Trump was not guilty Saturday for inciting an insurrection -- raising constitutional and specific legal objections -- McConnell's words underscored the challenge for the Republican Party going forward. They are torn between two competing interests: sticking with Trump enough to woo supporters for themselves and erasing Trump's dangerous final days from the GOP's legacy."Former President Trump's actions preceding the riot were a disgraceful dereliction of duty," McConnell said on the floor Saturday."Anyone who decries his awful behavior is accused of insulting millions of voters. That is an absurd deflection," McConnell added. "Seventy-four million Americans did not invade...
    Democratic impeachment managers argued they were right not to call any witnesses after a Senate vote permitted them to do so during Saturday's trial, which ended up with former President Donald Trump's acquittal.  'We could have had 500 witnesses and it would have not have overcome the kinds of arguments being made by Mitch McConnell and other Republicans who were hanging their hats on the claim that it was somehow unconstitutional,' head House impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, argued at a press conference after the Senate vote.      On Saturday morning, Raskin threw the impeachment trial into chaos when he said that the Democrats now wanted testimony and notes from Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had information about a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, which indicated the now ex-president refused to call off his MAGA mob.  Rep. Jamie Raskin, the House's lead impeachment manager, said...
    The House impeachment managers have left a strong impression on their fellow Democrats in what is as much an audition for bigger leadership roles down the line as a trial of former President Donald Trump. "The star of the trial has been Rep. Jaime Raskin of Maryland,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “He has made a powerful constitutional case against Trump and infused his legal brief with a heavy dose of humanity.” Raskin and his team prosecuting the case against Trump, who is charged with inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, have elevated themselves in a way the last group of impeachment managers, led by Reps. Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, did not — even as their influence on Republican senators remains to be seen. The trial comes at a time when the House Democratic leadership team is aging, and some positions are sure to...
    House impeachment managers “accidentally” added a blue check verification to a pro-Trump tweet used in the Senate trial of the former president, but aides condemned the charge by defense lawyers that they manipulated video evidence. Senior House Democratic aides for the managers acknowledged a graphic they displayed during the trial showing a pro-Trump tweet, “accidentally had a blue verification checkmark,” but said the content of the tweet was “entirely accurate.” “If anything, it is further evidence of President Trump’s attention to and knowledge of what was being openly planned on January 6 by his followers, even those without Twitter verifications," a senior Democratic aide said. The tweeter, Jennifer Lynn Lawrence, this week said her Twitter account does not have the blue check mark that the social media giant uses to indicate a “verified” account. The impeachment managers used two of her tweets in the trial. One of them,...
    WASHINGTON — Republican senators appeared to be losing patience with the House impeachment managers’ case on day three of former President Donald Trump’s trial, suggesting that he will almost certainly be acquitted. “To me, they’re losing credibility the longer they talk,” Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK.) said. “I just, that’s my opinion.” Inhofe accused Democratic prosecutors of putting words in the mouth of former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as they played clips of him rebuking Trump’s actions during the Jan. 6 riot he is accused of inciting. “They talked about Mick Mulvaney and all the things that he said about how deplorable it was for people raiding the Capitol Hill,” Inhofe told reporters. “He never did say anything about him, as in blaming it on Trump. But they speak and add to it just as if it’s Trump, that he’s talking about Trump. He’s not,” he went on....
    Weary senators and dragging impeachment arguments prompted suggestions from Democratic commentators that House impeachment managers should have ended their arguments sooner. "Some of the House managers’ case is getting too repetitive," tweeted Claire McCaskill, a former Democratic senator from Missouri and now an NBC commentator. IMO some of the House managers’ case is getting too repetitive.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) February 11, 2021 Democratic House impeachment managers got through the bulk of their case that former President Donald Trump incited the insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday and caught senators' attention by revealing never-before-seen footage from Capitol security cameras during the attack. On Thursday, managers sought in part to drive home the point that Trump had no remorse for inciting an insurrection and would be able to do so again if he is not reprimanded with a conviction on the impeachment charge. But much of the...
    Democratic House impeachment managers warned that convicting former President Donald Trump and disqualifying him from running again was not just a necessary consequence for the role they say he played in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but as a means of preventing such an event from occurring again. At the close of his remarks early Thursday afternoon, lead manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., claimed it is all but certain that Trump would do nothing differently if given another shot at the White House. BIDEN ARGUES NEW VIDEOS IN TRUMP TRIAL HELP DEMOCRATS' CASE: 'MY GUESS IS SOME MINDS MAY BE CHANGED' "My dear colleagues, is there any political leader in this room who believes that if he's ever allowed by the Senate to get back into the Oval Office, Donald Trump would stop inciting violence to get his way?" Raskin asked. "Would you bet the lives of more police officers on that? Would...
    House Democrats will conclude a final day of arguments in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by highlighting the former president's “lack of remorse,” following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by hundreds of his supporters, and the impact of the deadly and destructive incident. “We’ll spend time through some of our managers talking about the various harms caused, beyond the obvious physical harms,” a senior Democratic aide for the impeachment management team told reporters Thursday. “But we'll also focus on the president’s lack of remorse, which is an element of the impeachment calculus.” House Democrats serving as impeachment managers have presented compelling evidence over the past two days of the Senate trial that will determine whether Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection. Democrats presented new footage Wednesday taken from security cameras inside the Capitol that show throngs of angry protesters inside the building, in some cases only...
    During an appearance on Wednesday’s broadcast of FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed the impeachment case presented by House Democratic managers earlier in the day. Graham said there were a number of assumptions Democrats had presented, which he said weakened their argument against former President Donald Trump. “I hope the defense team is watching your show,” he said. “But let me tell your viewers: The ‘not guilty’ vote is growing after today. I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House managers offensive and absurd. We all know what happened at the Capitol was terrible. I hope everybody involved that broke into the Capitol goes to jail. But I don’t remember any of the House managers saying a damn thing when they were trying to break into my house and going after Susan Collins and spitting on all of us.” “If this is a problem for a politician...
    During ABC News' coverage of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, senior national correspondent Terry Moran compared the power the 45th president has over the GOP to that of a "Fuhrer." Moran explained Republicans "just aren't going to budge" as the Democratic House impeachment managers continue to make the case that Trump incited an insurrection on Capitol Hill last month.  "I think we've heard it in these vivid videos that the Democratic House managers are playing [of people chanting] 'Fight for Trump, fight for Trump, fight for Trump,' not 'fight for America,'" Moran said.  "[Trump] has the Republican Party as a personalized power like we haven't seen," he added. "It’s a caudillo, it’s a Caesar, it’s a Fuhrer. We don’t see that in this country. We do now." TRUMP WAR ROOM FIRES BACK AT HOUSE DEM IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS WHO USED 'FIGHT LIKE HELL' RHETORIC IN THE PAST VideoCLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX...
    House impeachment managers on Wednesday will show never-before-seen Capitol security footage of the January 6th riot as they start their case for impeaching Donald Trump. The footage will demonstrate the extent of the violence that occurred and the threat the rioters posed to everyone in the Capitol, senior aides on the House impeachment team told CNN.  They did not say what the new footage was, or whether it came from Capitol Police or Washington DC's Metropolitan Police.  The video will show 'extreme violence' and make clear what additional safety risks were posed by the insurrection, a House aide told The Washington Post, including 'just how close Trump's mob came to senators, members of Congress and staff.' 'It will show the extent of what Donald Trump unleashed on our Capitol,' said the aide. The Democratic impeachment managers will begin their prosecution on Wednesday.   They will argue the riot, which left five dead...
    The Senate Tuesday convened for the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump and will begin with a debate and vote on whether it is constitutional to try to convict an ex-president. The nine House impeachment managers entered the chamber after all 100 senators filed into the room and were seated for what is expected to be a trial lasting one week or more. The House voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13 for inciting an insurrection that provoked the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But Tuesday’s debate will center solely on whether the now-ex president can be convicted. The debate on the constitutionality of the trial is expected to last up to four hours and the vote may mirror one taken last month in which 45 Republicans voted not to proceed to a trail on the grounds that Trump has now left office and as a private citizen,...
    The Senate impeachment trial for former President Trump is set to begin Tuesday after the House of Representatives last month voted to impeach him for the second time—this time after being accused of inciting insurrection during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announcing the House impeachment managers who will prosecute the case against Trump, called it their "constitutional and patriotic duty." "They will do so guided by their great love of country, determination to protect our democracy and loyalty to our oath to the Constitution," Pelosi said. "Our Managers will honor their duty to defend democracy For The People with great solemnity, prayerfulness and urgency." Lead Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin and impeachment managers Rep. David Cicilline and Rep. Ted Lieu drafted the article of impeachment, "Incitement to Insurrection." Here are the House Democrats who will present the case for Trump’s impeachment: Rep. Jamie Raskin, Lead Manager: Rep....
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