Over the past week, Democrats have laid out a solid case against the ex-president Donald Trump not only for incitement of a riot, but a dereliction of duty which proves that the riots were the point. On Saturday, the impeachment trial was set to wrap up with far too few GOP senators willing to honor their oath of office, set to convict. A new report released on Friday night has apparently swayed enough of them to take the trial into a whole new direction.
The new report involves House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who other GOP members of Congress say had a screaming match with Trump during the insurrection. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) took notes during a briefing by McCarthy about the call, and says that as McCarthy pleaded with Trump to call off the rioters, Trump refused to do so and said, “well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
House Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called for a vote on bringing witnesses to the floor in order to add this new information to the proceedings. Several Republicans, including Mitt Romney (R-UT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted to call witnesses, as did Lindsey Graham (R-SC) after initially voting not to.
Another piece of evidence, which involves another phone call between Trump and new Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) during the riots, may also be introduced. Tuberville has confirmed that he told the president that then-Vice President Mike Pence was in danger and in the process of being evacuated shortly before Trump’s tweet disparaging Pence, which led his supporters to erect a gallows pole in front of the Capitol Building while shouting “hang Mike Pence!”
Twitter hashed out their feelings about the new turn in the trial’s process. Read some of their comments below: