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UNITED STATES – Last minute surprise. The head of the Democratic prosecutors who bring the accusation against Donald Trump in his trial in the Senate, Jamie Raskin, announced this Saturday the 13th that he wanted to summon an elected Republican to testify.
Jamie Raskin announced at the opening of the fifth day of the ex-president’s trial that he would summon Jaime Herrera Beutler, an elected representative of the House of Representatives who reported an exchange between the leader of the Republicans in the House Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump in the deadly assault on January 6.
In a vote that sowed confusion within the upper house itself, all 50 Democratic senators and five Republicans, out of 100, voted in favor of a motion to allow witnesses to be called. This risks postponing the final vote on the verdict (ie the probable acquittal of the former President of the United States) for several days, or even weeks.
Mitch McConnell to vote for acquittal
The leader of the Republican senators Mitch McConnell also announced that he would vote to acquit Donald Trump, accused of “inciting an insurgency” during the assault on the Capitol, citing a “difficult decision” in a message to his parliamentary group cited by US media.
The announcement of the influential strategist sounds the death knell for Democratic hopes of condemning the former president, since it now appears even more unlikely that 17 Republican senators will vote with the 50 Democrats for a conviction.
Explaining that he believes that the Senate does not have the capacity to try a former president in impeachment in this political trial, he writes: “In view of these conclusions, I will vote to acquit.”
“Although it is a difficult decision, I am convinced that impeachment trials are a tool primarily intended to remove” an official from his functions, “and that therefore we do not have the necessary skills”, explains the Republican.
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