Day One of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the senate was highlighted by the fact that there will be a Day Two of President Trump’s impeachment trial.
There was a debate over the simple fact of whether moving forward with the trial was constitutional. It needed a simple majority of votes in the Senate, and thanks to all courtesy of all 50 Democratic senators voting for the trial to continue, and six Republican senators doing the same, it will move to the next phase Wednesday, where starting at noon each side will have up to 16 hours to make their case.
Trump is being tried for a charge of inciting the deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Things did not go great for Trump, and his defense team left a lot to be desired, according to Republican Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the half dozen GOP’ers who voted in favor of holding trial. “Trump’s team was disorganized, they did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand. And when they talked about it, they kind of glided over it, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments,” Cassidy told reporters.
The other five Republicans who voted for the trial to move on were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Utah’s Mitt Romney, Susan Collins of Maine, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.
Cassidy’s disdain for the job Trump’s defense team was one of the big stories coming of the Capitol building. “If anyone disagrees with my vote and would like an explanation, I ask them to listen to the arguments presented by the House Managers and former President Trump’s lawyers,” he said.
If Trump’s attorneys are as bad as Cassidy is making them sound, there would only need to be 11 more Republicans on top of those six to vote for conviction to make it happen.