Donald Trump has escaped a second impeachment, but the American people will be the final judge and jury.
The Senate will reconvene on Saturday to debate on whether to allow witness testimony, then finish closing arguments and possibly vote on a verdict.
Defence lawyers argued in Donald Trump's impeachment trial that the former president bore no responsibility for the deadly attack on the US Capitol while accusing Democrats of “hatred” and “hypocrisy.”
House Democrats prosecuting Donald Trump’s impeachment said the Capitol invaders believed they were acting on “the president’s orders” to stop Joe Biden's election.
Democrats use their remaining hours of arguments in the impeachment trial to lay out the physical and mental harm caused by the attack, discuss Trump’s lack of action as it unfolded and do a final presentation on the legal issues involved.
During arguments, impeachment managers showed a flurry of excerpts from former president Trump's speeches in which he told supporters the only way he could lose is if the election results were rigged.
The House of Representatives impeached former president Donald Trump in January over the charges of inciting an insurrection in a fiery speech to his supporters, shortly before they stormed the Capitol.
The support of 45 Republicans for declaring the trial invalid indicates that there are long odds for Trump's conviction, which would require the support of all Democrats and 17 Republicans, or two-thirds of the Senate.
The Senate trial of the 74-year-old Trump, who was impeached by the Democratic-majority House on January 13 for an unprecedented second time, is to begin the week of February 8.
A growing number of US Republican senators say they are opposed to the proceedings, pushing back with both political and constitutional arguments.
Former president Donald Trump will go on trial in the US Senate soon after a fresh impeachment case against the former president is transmitted on Monday by the House of Representatives.
A swift impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is unlikely to lead to his ouster before Joe Biden takes office on January 20. This raises the prospect of a bitter trial in the Senate during Biden’s first days in the White House.
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