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Noon: Democrats to open arguments in second Trump impeachment trial Wednesday

Jamie Raskin, Timothy Blodgett, David Cicilline, Diana DeGette, Eric Swalwell, Joaquin Castro, Ted Lieu, Tacey Plaskett, Madeleine Dean, Joe Neguse
Posted at 7:46 AM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 19:24:07-05

WASHINGTON — Arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will get underway Wednesday, a day after Senators upheld the Constitutionality of the trial itself in a 56-44 vote.

On Wednesday, House impeachment managers will begin their 16 hours of the allotted time for arguments, which will take place over two days. Proceedings in the impeachment trial will resume at noon ET.

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House Democrats impeached Trump on one charge of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Beginning Wednesday, impeachment managers will argue how Trump’s words and actions — from the run up to the election to the speech he delivered to supporters moments before the riot began — inspired his supporters to storm the Capitol.

Here are three takeaways from the first day of arguments, which ended with the Senate voting 56-44 to proceed with the trial.

Trump's legal team, including Bruce Castor Jr., a former district attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, made a poor first impression in a 48-minute argument that garnered criticism from senators who found themselves confused and unimpressed.

Senators, many of whom were in the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots, relived the attacks during a documentary-style video of the Capitol riot, a harrowing presentation that meshed C-SPAN footage of staid House and Senate floor debates with gritty, expletive-laden riot footage and some of the former president's social media posts.

Democrats also cited conservative lawyers who backed the trial, saying that not trying Trump would suggest to future presidents that they would not be held accountable for their actions during their final days in office.

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