A conviction in the 100-member Senate – which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans – would require a two-thirds majority and appears highly unlikely.
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.”
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.
Senate leaders have agreed to rules of impeachment for the trial, including a debate and vote on whether it’s even constitutional to prosecute former president Trump but the outcome is likely to stop proceedings with Democrats in majority.
The legal team of former US president Donald Trump says the accusations the Democrats are making are "patently absurd" arguments and "trying to silence a political opponent."
The party is currently caught between disaffected moderate Republicans and independents disgusted by the hold Trump still has over elected officials, and Trump’s fervently loyal base.
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.
Lawyers representing President Trump got their first chance on Saturday to discredit the impeachment case made this week by Democrats.
At the close of the evening, US Representative Adam Schiff made an emotional plea to senators to consider what was at stake as President Trump stands accused of seeking a Ukrainian probe into political foe Joe Biden and his son.
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