Some Senate Republicans left the first day of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial confused by the arguments from his defense team.
GOP senators said they were left “stunned” and “perplexed” as the defense “rambled on and on.”
The trial opened with debate and a vote on whether it’s constitutional to try a former president, with House impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers each allotted two hours to present their sides of the argument.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and lead impeachment manager, opened his side’s case Tuesday with an emotional recounting and graphic footage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob in support of Trump that left five dead and numerous others injured. The video showed Trump telling his supporters to march on Capitol Hill at a rally shortly before the attack.
“If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing,” Raskin said at the conclusion of the video.
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