Senate prepares for Trump's impeachment trial
Senate Majority Leader says former President Trump must face the consequences of his actions leading up to the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol on the eve of Mr. Trump's second impeachment trial.
one day before the second impeachment trial of former President Trump begins his attorneys forcefully denying he incited the deadly attack against the U. S Capitol and blasting the cases. Quote political theater. They argue it's unconstitutional to try a president after he's left office. Senators will vote first on that question tomorrow, but the Democratic majority has the votes to move the trial ahead When something as horrible as dastardly that happened on January 6th, the cars, you cannot sweep it under the rug. Starting on Wednesday, each side will have 16 hours to make its case. House impeachment managers arguing the former president launched a campaign of lies to try to reverse the 2020 election, culminating in a fiery speech directly before the riot when they allege he aimed the mob quote like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue, they're calling it the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a president. The Trump legal team denies he incited the mob, claims his comments were protected free speech and accuses Democrats of trying to quote harness the chaos of the moment for their own political gain. Republicans, confident the former president will ultimately be acquitted. It's not a question of how the trial lens it's a question of when it ends. Democrats acknowledge a conviction is unlikely and are still debating whether to call witnesses or stick with a streamlined process to move beyond a dark chapter and refocus on the needs of the nation. It would take 17 Republican senators to convict, and in a past vote on Lee, five agreed the process was constitutional. Democrats point to precedent for trying former officials and insist Congress should send a message in Washington. Alice Bar, NBC News.