UPDATE: After an extended recess, the Senate decided to enter a stipulation into the record instead of calling live witnesses. Closing arguments are underway and there should be a verdict today.
BREAKING NOW: In a surprising move that will both prolong and potentially shake up the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, the House Impeachment Managers – acting as prosecutors in the trial – have requested to call witnesses and the Senate voted to allow them to do so. Following the surprise request, the Senate voted 55-45 to allow witnesses to be called.
According to the New York Post, “Impeachment managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said they want to depose and subpoena notes written by Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) regarding Trump’s remarks during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which he was impeached for allegedly inciting.
“Herrera Buetler said overnight that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pleaded with Trump during the riot to call his supporters off, but that Trump told him, ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.’ [emphasis added]
“Five Republicans backed the request for trial witnesses.”
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