When the Supreme Court indictment against Donald Trump continued on Saturday, the prosecution announced it wanted to summon a witness.
Despite loud protests from Donald Trump’s attorney Michael van der Vein, the Senate voted to join the prosecution (the Democrats) by 55 to 45. So five Republicans voted with the Democrats.
The testimony, which will be made via the video link, is about a conversation that took place between Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump in the middle of the storming of the Capitolium. McCarthy’s goal was to plead with the former president and his supporters to leave office.
However, according to several Republican politicians CNN spoke to, Donald Trump chose to strike a deaf ear – resulting in an angry exchange of words. Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler revealed that the conversation between Trump and McCarthy took place for the first time, which is now called as a witness.
Soon after the vote, there was confusion over the vote to allow for one or more witnesses. The Senate has since suspended the process to see what applies. After another vote, it was decided not to call any more witnesses. Hence, the process can now continue.
McConnell wants freedom
Several news agencies, citing sources, transparently said that Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced earlier on Saturday to his party colleagues that he would vote for an acquittal.
Trump is the only US president to have appeared in federal court twice. A year ago, Donald Trump was accused of abusing power and obstructing the Congressional investigation – two charges that his party comrades acquitted (the only Republican to vote to oust Donald Trump was Mitt Romney).
The accusation this time said, “incitement to revolt against the United States government.” Attorneys General, Democrats and a few Republicans believe Donald Trump instigated the storming of the Capitolium in Washington on January 6, when he killed five people.
Lawyers for the former president, who described the indictment as “an unfair and unconstitutional act motivated by political retaliation,” believed that Donald Trump could not be held responsible for the events and also focused on freedom of expression.
Is it a sedan?
Two-thirds, 67 of 100 members, is what it takes to oust Donald Trump. This means that the Democrats must bring in at least 17 Republicans. Although a number of Republican senators have opened up to the ouster of their former president, there is no indication that this is enough.