At the least two Senate Democrats have known as for the chamber to droop closing arguments in former President Trump’s impeachment trial in order that witnesses could possibly be known as.
“Droop trial to depose [Rep. Kevin] McCarthy and [Sen. Tommy] Tuberville underneath oath and get details,” mentioned Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse in a tweet late Friday night. “Ask Secret Service to supply for assessment comms again to White Home re VP Pence security throughout siege. What did Trump know, and when did he realize it?”
Whitehouse and different Dems have been responding to information stories which alleged that through the peak of the Capitol Hill rebellion, Trump instructed Home GOP chief Kevin McCarthy, “Properly, Kevin, I suppose these persons are extra upset concerning the election than you might be.”
On the time time, Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville — a Trump diehard — stood by his account that he instructed the president by cellphone that Vice President Pence had been evacuated from the Senate chamber earlier than Trump despatched a tweet disparaging his veep for missing “braveness.”
The call for witnesses may upend Democrats present plans to finish the trial at round 3pm Saturday afternoon.
Whitehouse posted the demand in a prolonged Twitter thread, the place he accused Trump’s legal professional’s of creating “misrepresentations.” The call was seconded by his Oregon colleague Jeff Merkley in a tweet Saturday morning.