The final day of the Senate impeachment trial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeQ8W1BikeE
The day began with a request to depose Rep. Herrera Beutler on evidence released the previous night regarding a January 6th phone call between Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Rep. Beutler alleged that during the riot, Trump sided with the rioters. Five Republicans voted in favor of hearing this testimony, 55 to 45, and calling more witnesses. However, the measure was set aside hours later after an agreement was reached to simply add Rep. Beutler’s statement to the record rather than depose. Both sides agreed to this stipulation.
Key evidence in Rep. Beutler’s statement read as follows:
“When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6th and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was Antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that, and told the president that these were Trump supporters. That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said: ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.'”
After closing arguments, Trump was acquitted, 57 to 43, ten votes shy of the 2/3rds needed. Seven Republicans voted to convict Donald Trump, in a vote that was both the largest and most bipartisan of any presidential impeachment trial.
After the vote, although he voted to acquit, Sen. Mitch McConnell condemned Donald Trump as responsible for the riot: ” There’s no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor:
“January 6th will live as a day of infamy in the United States of America. The failure to convict Donald Trump will live as a vote of infamy in the history of the United States Senate. Five years ago, Republicans lamented what would become of their party if Donald Trump became their standard-bearer. Just look at what has happened. Look at what Republicans have been forced to defend. Look at what Republicans have chosen to forgive.”
“The most despicable act that any president has ever committed, and the majority of Republicans cannot summon the courage or the morality to condemn it.”
“Washington’s farewell address established for all time that no one had the right to the office of the presidency, that it belonged to the people. What an amazing legacy. What an amazing gift to future generations: the knowledge that this country will always be greater than any one person, even our most renowned. That’s why members of both parties take turns reading the address in full into the record, to pledge common attachment to the selflessness at the core of our democratic system.”