The comments came after a tumultuous final day in the Senate trial, with Democrats voting on Saturday for witnesses to speak during the trial – and then be traced. Seven Republicans eventually voted with Democrats to condemn Trump, two more than Tuesday’s vote on the constitutionality of a former president’s attempt.
Democratic senators and impeachment executives from the House of Representatives defended the flip-flop on Sunday, claiming that it was not necessary to have the Senate trial with witnesses to prove their point.
“We didn’t need any more witnesses,” said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), One of the property managers, to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on This Week. “America saw that. We were in a room full of witnesses and victims. “
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Wallace said on Fox News Sunday, “If you look at what people said after the trial, it wasn’t any more witnesses who would change their mind.”
She added that Senate Minority Chairman Mitch McConnell did not vote for a conviction, despite admitting in scathing remarks on Saturday that Trump was “practically and morally responsible” for provoking the January 6 events.
“We could have had 1,000 witnesses, but that couldn’t have overcome the stupid arguments that people like McConnell and Capito hung their hats on,” chief impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Told NBC Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, referring to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
Graham, one of Trump’s toughest Senate allies, wasn’t the only lawmaker who wanted the January 6th investigation into the riots. Others, including Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), A protégé of President Joe Biden, and Dean agreed that there should be a 9/11-style investigation into the insurgency.
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, one of the few Republicans to vote in favor of Trump’s condemnation, told Stephanopoulos that “a full investigation should be under way into what happened January 6 and why there were no more law enforcement agencies National Guard already mobilized what was known, who knew, all of that, because that forms the basis so that this never happens again in the future. “But Cassidy
added that he wanted to rejoice and didn’t want January 6 to define the future of the Republican Party.
Coons defended the move to have no witnesses in the impeachment trial by bringing up other possible investigations against Trump outside of the formal impeachment. He said a Jan. 6 investigation could rightly take months, but added that the Senate must focus on lowering the legislation’s priorities.
“I’m also focused on driving the urgent pandemic relief, revitalizing and strengthening our economy that President Biden has focused on since he took office, even during this week of impeachment,” Coons told ABC.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said he was glad the impeachment process took stock of the January 6th.
“I wanted to make sure that the Soviet-style revisionists on the Republican side, who are trying to blame everyone but Donald Trump, had a record in front of the American people that was clear,” Durbin told Meet the Press. “I think Jamie Raskin and the property managers made this record with clarity.”
Graham called for an investigation into what leadership in both the House and Senate knew before the riots and insisted that there was a “pre-planned element for the attack”. But he stood by Trump and refused to give the former president sole responsibility. He denied Democrats’ claims that Trump’s bellicose language led to the riots in the Capitol on Jan. 6 and reiterated the former president’s defense that the language of struggle was common in political parlance.
Although the senators agreed on the future shadow of the insurrection, the political future of Trump himself was less clear. Graham disagreed with McConnell’s statement on Saturday, calling the minority leader a “runaway” in his party. However, Coons claimed that if the conviction had been secretly voted, the board would have received the 67 votes required for conviction.
Graham also said that Trump remained a major force in the Republican Party and that he kept his eyes on the 2022 midterm elections. Graham said that in a party where support for Trump remains high, McConnell’s damned statements about Trump would put the minority leader at the center if Republicans attempt to regain control of the Senate. Graham added that he plans to meet with Trump next week, calling him “the liveliest member of the Republican Party”.
“The Trump movement is alive and well,” said Graham.
But some of his Republican counterparts have expressed skepticism on that front. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley said POLITICO Magazine this Trump “let us down” and “went a path he shouldn’t have and we shouldn’t have followed it.” And McConnell has been trying to push the party away from Trump since January 6th.
Cassidy told Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he felt that Trump’s “power is waning” and that “the Republican Party is more than just a person”.
“The Republican Party is about ideas,” said Cassidy. “Americans want these ideas, but they want a leader who is responsible and whom they can trust. I think our leadership will be different in the future.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan also said he expected the GOP to move forward once members got over their fear of Trump.
“A lot of Republicans are outraged, but they don’t have the courage to stand up and vote that way because they’re afraid of going primary or because they’re going to lose their careers,” he said on CNN’s State of Die Union.
Klobuchar suggested that Trump’s future legal problems would seriously ease his hold on the GOP. The former president is under investigation in Georgia for attempting to flip the 2020 election results in that state and in New York for allegations of financial misconduct related to the Trump organization.
“The American people have now clearly seen what he’s done. He violated his oath of office in what [Rep.] Liz Cheney called the greatest representation of the presidential oath of office in history, and those memories and the screams of those cops will forever be engraved on Americans’ memories, “said Klobuchar. “He’s done.”