Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial continues into its second day Wednesday, with Home impeachment managers and attorneys for the protection commencing upwards of 4 days of arguments.
Home impeachment managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), will go first. The group could have not more than eight hours on Wednesday to make their case for “incitement of revolt,” per trial guidelines.
The foundations permit both sides 16 hours to current their arguments with an eight-hour every day cap.
As soon as Raskin’s group has completed delivering their case, or has run out the allotted 16 hours, Trump’s protection attorneys could have their flip to argue theirs.
As on Tuesday, Home managers plan to proceed their use of video taken throughout the Capitol riot, which has served as a key factor of their impeachment effort.
The Home voted 232-197 to impeach Trump one week to the day after the siege.
Right here’s what you want to know forward of Wednesday’s proceedings:
The place to watch
The trial will probably be carried on all main TV information networks, and may also be out there for streaming via C-Span, PBS and YouTube, starting at 12 p.m. ET.
The way it works
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is presiding over the Senate trial — somewhat than Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts, who presided over Trump’s first trial final yr.
Leahy mentioned the chief justice received’t preside as a result of Trump is now not president.
“The [Senate] president professional tempore has traditionally presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents,” Leahy, 80, mentioned in a press release.
Proceedings had been initially going to take a pause from Friday night via Saturday for Trump lawyer David Schoen to observe the Jewish Sabbath. However in a last-minute schedule change, Schoen rescinded that request.
The trial continues to be not anticipated to go on previous Sunday.
What occurred Tuesday
On Tuesday, the primary day of proceedings, Home impeachment managers debated Trump’s attorneys, David Schoen and Bruce Castor, on the constitutionality of the trial itself.
Castor spoke throughout his remarks earlier than the Senate concerning the fall of historical governments in Rome and Greece, barely addressing the case in opposition to the previous president.
In a stunning admission, Castor additionally advised senators, “We modified what we had been going to do on account that we thought the Home managers’ presentation was properly completed.”
The Trump protection lawyer additionally took intention at one of many senators whose vote of assist he’ll want, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), over his vote to name the impeachment trial constitutional.
“I noticed he confronted backlash again residence due to a vote he made some weeks in the past,” Castor mentioned of Sasse.
He went on to say Sasse “faces the whirlwind despite the fact that he is aware of what the judiciary in his state thinks.”
His efficiency was panned by Democratic and GOP senators, main one Republican, Sen. Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana, to change positions and vote to name the trial constitutional.
Addressing his colleague’s efficiency on Fox Information Tuesday night, Schoen defended Castor, saying that he was not anticipated to be current Wednesday and that he was positive “they are going to be very properly ready sooner or later and do an excellent job within the case.”
The place Democrats and Republicans stand
Democrats maintain a slight edge within the 50-50 Senate by advantage of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, that means they would wish 17 Republicans to cross the aisle and vote to convict Trump, which seems much less and much less possible with time.
Whereas Castor’s efficiency itself was panned in a bipartisan style, the lawyer doesn’t seem to be transferring these senators within the former president’s camp towards convicting.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of GOP management, slammed the ex-commander-in-chief’s lawyer, saying, “I believed the president’s lawyer, the primary lawyer, simply rambled on and on and on and didn’t actually handle the constitutional argument.”
The highest Senate Republican went on to name the efficiency “not one of many best I’ve seen.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who has repeatedly spoken out in opposition to impeachment, acknowledged that he didn’t suppose Trump’s attorneys did “the simplest job.”
“I’ll say this: Jamie Raskin was spectacular. He’s a severe lawyer,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, Cruz remained opposed to impeachment when talking later Tuesday night on Fox Information, saying the hassle to bar the previous president from holding future federal workplace was “political theater.”
Democrats stay nearly utterly united of their assist for impeaching Trump.
Requested whether or not he thought any Republican minds had been modified after Tuesday’s proceedings, Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) replied, “Ask them.”
The place Biden stands
The present commander-in-chief, for his half, has steered away from the impeachment effort by different leaders in his celebration.
When requested whether or not President Biden can be watching the proceedings on Monday, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki advised reporters, “The president himself would let you know that we maintain him fairly busy, and he has a full schedule this week.
“I feel it’s clear from the schedule and from his intention he won’t spend an excessive amount of time watching the continuing, if any time.”
When requested instantly about it exterior the White Home on Monday, Biden declined to supply his stance, saying it must be left to the Senate to determine.
“Look, he bought a suggestion to come testify. He determined not to. We’ll let the Senate work it out.”