On day 2 of the impeachment trial, House Democrats outlined their case against former President Trump, detailing how he long encouraged his supporters to “fight” for his presidency, and accusing him of acting too slowly to secure the Capitol once the attack was underway.
Trump was impeached by the House last month while still in office, the first president ever to be impeached twice, on a single charge of incitement of insurrection. It was a largely party-line vote, but 10 Republicans joined Democrats in condemning the president. The first day of the Senate trial was spent debating whether lawmakers had authority to convict a president who is no longer in office, a power supported by many conservative and liberal law scholars. Six Republican lawmakers sided with Democrats in voting to proceed with the trial. Democrats will need to win over more Republicans for a conviction, which requires a two-thirds majority vote.
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