Impeachment Day 12 – Senators Weigh In

Impeachment Day 12 - Senators Weigh In

( – Day 12 of the Senate Impeachment trial brought speeches from both Democratic and Republican senators. As expected, they were almost entirely partisan.

Democrats Speak Up

Democratic senators stood on the floor and practically begged Republicans to vote to convict President Donald Trump. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said the House managers clearly “proved their case.”

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) slammed the entire process. He told his colleagues it wasn’t a trial because Republicans refused to hear witnesses and see pertinent documents. He went on, saying:

“Unchallenged evil spreads like a virus. We have allowed a toxic president to infect the Senate and warp its behavior.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Trump’s actions “extremely serious.” He explained that if Americans do not trust their elections, it’s the end of our democracy.

In addition to the speeches, two Dem senators, Joe Manchin (WV) and Doug Jones (AL) said they are unsure if they will vote to convict.

Republicans Defend Trump

GOP senators were unbothered by the Democrat speeches. Many of them implied that they believe the president did not behave perfectly but maintained he did nothing impeachable.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) told his fellow lawmakers that the obstruction of Congress charge was not a big deal:

“Anyone who knows a law book from a J. Crew catalog does not take this charge seriously. Executive privilege and testimonial immunity are well established, constitutionally based presidential and executive branch privileges that every president at one time or another has asserted.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the president is innocent of all charges. Other senators brushed off the charges as well.

Rand Paul (R-KY), however, read the name of the alleged whistleblower out loud when he was given a chance to speak. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts refused to read Rand’s question aloud that asked the same thing.

What’s Next

Day 13 of the impeachment trial should be the last — we hope. Senators are expected to vote to acquit the president of all charges.

We’ll update you when the vote is in!

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