Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial Day 5 will continue at 10am ET on Feb. 13, 2021. He is accused of “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol riot.
The Senate is set to hold a rare Saturday session for closing arguments in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, and then senators are poised to vote on whether Trump will be held accountable for inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump’s lawyers accused House impeachment managers of being motivated by hatred of the former president. They showed selectively edited video of Democrats using the word “fight” as they sought to downplay Trump’s role in the violent attack on the Capitol.
Still, Democrats say they are holding out hope that they will win over enough Republicans to convict the former president for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, in which five people died. If Trump were convicted, the Senate could take a second vote to ban him from running for office again. A final vote is likely on Saturday.
Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Mitt Romney of Utah and Susan Collins of Maine have been clear that they believe Trump incited the riots on Jan. 6. While none of them are locks to vote for conviction, they have joined with Democrats twice to vote against GOP efforts to dismiss the trial.
Collins said after the riots that Trump does “bear responsibility for working up the crowd and inciting this mob.” Murkowski called on Trump to resign after the attack on the Capitol, telling a local paper three days later that “I want him out. He has caused enough damage.”