Impeachment trial of Donald Trump hurtles towards its pre-ordained conclusion: Live coverage #3

As the House Managers and Trump’s give their closing arguments, the end of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump approaches its pre-ordained conclusion.

The impeachment trial is being aired on major television news networks and streamed on their websites. Daily Kos will have continuing coverage.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 6:57:48 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

We’re back from the break forced by Mike Lee once again engaging in some kind of rule-breaking stunt.

Rep. Madeleine Dean is up for the House managers, giving the closing argument recap of Trump’s incitement. First time we’ve had video in the closing arguments.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:04:05 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

It’s funny how the organizers of the “Million MAGA March” declared they were going to destroy the GOP. They didn’t need to. The GOP destroyed itself.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:09:16 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

More objections, this time around a slide — even though the contents of the slide were already in evidence.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:10:42 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Clearly there are no reasons for these objections other than to attempt to throw House managers off their stride during closing remarks. Trump’s team — assisted by Republican senators — is claiming not to have seen evidence that’s already in the record.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:21:23 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Re. Joe Neguse is coming up to speak. Neguse has been one of the best among the House team in the crispness and directness of approach. 

But I’m hoping they’re saving Rep. Stacey Plaskett for the final word after the Trump team talks.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:25:53 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Neguse notes that Trump’s layers has argued “vigorously” on his behalf. He doesn’t say effectively. Because they have not. The only thing that keeps this from being a 100-0 vote is Republicans placing Trump above the good of the nation.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:29:49 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Joe Neguse being genuinely moving in his presentation. One of those calling to their better angels moments that may not move Republicans today, but it’s damned effective.

Right now, Mike Lee is trying to think of an objection.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:31:48 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Damn. Rep. Neguse is so, so good. I hope this speech gets clipped for the evening news.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:36:59 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Neguse sits down. A moment when I wish the Senate allowed applause.

Rep. Raskin steps up to deliver what seems like the last of their closing argument. Not sure they’ve reserved any time for a rebuttal. If so, it won’t be much.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:41:21 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Raskin definitely delivering an effective and moving statement. But you can bet that Trump’s legal team will sneer at this “emotional” testimony — because Trump’s legal team is all too much like Trump.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:47:47 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Raskin puts down a beautiful final statements. The House team has 28 minute for response. 

Van der Veen comes up and immediately cause the closing the House managers “a mess.” Keeps up his tone of being a snide smartass.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:49:43 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Van der Veen showing that he’s going to spend his time attacking the House team, rather than speaking at all about Trump, or any of the events on Jan. 6,


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 7:55:52 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

The thing is, Trump and Trump supporters in the Senate, really do believe the snide, sneering dismissal from van der Veen is better than the moving speeches given by Rep. Joe Neguse and Rep. Jaime Raskin. This is where they live. Anger and jeering is what reaches them.

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:06:58 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

The final position of Trump’s legal team appears to be that Jan. 6 is Nancy Pelosi’s fault.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:21:42 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Constitutional scholars agree!!! The Statute of Limitations on an attempted coup has always been 30 to 35 days!!!

— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) February 13, 2021


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:24:37 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

It kind of sounds like van der Veen is just going to snarl on his own from beginning to end, giving us no last chance to see Bruce Castor tell about the value of an onion when he was a kid.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:28:51 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Raskin steps back up and says he’s only going to talk for about five minutes.

Points out that Trump’s team has at least come around to agreeing that an insurrection did occur.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:31:10 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Rep. Raskin has been waiting for this moment. He’s got a Julian Bond story … and he’s ready to give it to you now.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:36:18 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

And here we go. The Senate is ready to vote on the article of impeachment. Sen. Schumer says that after that is done, they will adjourn the court of impeachment.

Which isn’t the case. Should the Senate vote to convict, there would be a second vote on disqualification. That vote would be a simple majority vote.

Saying the Senate will adjourn after this vote seems to be accepting a foregone conclusion.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 8:55:49 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

The vote goes 57 to 43 to convict … but of course, that’s not enough.

And Trump already has a statement out bragging about his acquittal. Not going to quote any of it.


Saturday, Feb 13, 2021 · 9:02:39 PM +00:00

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Mark Sumner

Schumer: “This trial wasn’t about choosing country over party, not even that. This trial was about choosing country over Donald Trump, and 43 Republican members chose Trump.”

Source: dailykos