Over the course of this week, the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump has dominated national news. Some Americans are choosing to tune into the proceedings, while others view the trial as a partisan waste of time.
Throughout this trial, impeachment managers and Trump’s legal defense team have made their arguments. The impeachment managers argue that Trump’s remarks before the Capitol, his online tweets, and even his comments at past rallies incited violence.
The former president’s legal defense team, on the other hand, maintains that Trump’s remarks are shielded by the First Amendment. Likewise, Trump’s attorneys have displayed footage of top Democrats making incendiary and heavily-charged calls that are similar to those of Trump’s.
In light of the proceedings that have taken place over the course of this week, there’s a very real possibility that Trump’s impeachment trial could end today, according to Washington Examiner.
Wrapping up the Senate Impeachment Trial
Throughout the impeachment trial, senators on both the GOP and Democrat sides have grown tired of the proceedings. Both the impeachment managers and the defense team for the former president have made their cases. In many ways, the proceedings turned into a back-and-forth; both sides maintain that the other is in the wrong and lacks the evidence to support their assertions.
TRUMP TRIAL: Sens. Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Roger Marshall, and Kevin Cramer, send this question to the desk: “Does a politician raising bail for rioters encourage more rioting?” #TrumpImpeachment pic.twitter.com/0u0xMzUQrW
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 12, 2021
Over the course of this week, Republican senators have continued to confirm that Trump will be acquitted. Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others maintain that the 67 votes to result in a Trump conviction just don’t exist. Sen. Cruz even stated that everyone — from the 100 Senate members to the House impeachment managers — is aware that the 45th president will receive an acquittal.
What to Expect Today
Today, the U.S. Senate is set to gather for deliberation purposes. These deliberation proceedings should last for four hours, although, they will not change the need for at least 67 votes to convict Donald Trump.
How is an impeachment trial an effective use of taxpayer dollars when @RandPaul showed us that:
Dems don’t have the votes to convict
Nearly half the Senate voted the trial unconstitutional
They are impeaching a private citizen
What a waste of our hard earned $$
— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@RepCawthorn) February 11, 2021
Since most Republicans in the Senate oppose impeachment proceedings and will hence vote for acquittal, this essentially seals the fate of the trial. Every single Democrat in the Senate could vote for Trump’s conviction, but without at least 17 GOP senators also voting for conviction, the former president will be acquitted for a second time.
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