Herrera Beutler says McCarthy told her Trump sided with Capitol mob

Pablo Tucker
February 14, 2021

Then-President Donald Trump refused to call off the insurrectionists who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 during a heated call with House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, CNN reported on Friday.

McConnell jarred the political world just minutes after the Democratic-led House impeached Trump on January 13, writing to his GOP colleagues that he had "not made a final decision" about how he would vote at the Senate trial.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who was one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach Trump, urged people with knowledge of conversations Trump had during the January 6 Capitol riot to come forward. The main "hero" of the trial, Donald Trump, announced a long time ago he would not be giving testimonies under oath.

Van der Veen argued that given violent demonstrations at the Capitol were pre-planned, Trump could not be held responsible for inciting them.

"You can't incite what was already going to happen", van der Veen said.

They also argued the impeachment proceedings against the former president are merely a "politically motivated witch hunt" by the Democrats.

Van der Veen said the case should be closed out today. The defense team refused to disclose information, claiming it was not available because House Democrats did not conduct an investigation.

The Republican leader's response to Trump in the weeks since the attack on the Capitol has fluctuated.

On Saturday, the Senate is set to meet in a rare weekend session for closing arguments in Donald Trump's second impeachment trial. Then-Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers had to be rushed into hiding for safety.

Their relationship plummeted after Trump's denial of his November 3 defeat and relentless efforts to reverse the voters' verdict with his baseless claims that Democrats fraudulently stole the election. "The President clearly deplores rioters and political violence, and did so throughout his term as President, and never hesitated to express his admiration for the men and women that protect this country", said Castor.

The trial had been momentarily thrown into confusion when senators Saturday suddenly wanted to consider potential witnesses, particularly concerning Trump's actions as the mob rioted.

Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager, told the defense team that "evidence is in the sole possession of their client".

Trump's defense team also said that the trial was an attempt to remove the former president from the political arena.

Republicans are facing a "no-win situation", experts told Insider. "But yeah, I didn't really feel it was responsive to our question".

Trump's lawyers accused Democrats of taking the president's words out of context in video clips and of hypocrisy. Clips featured Democrats praising the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 interspersed with scenes of violence, as well as Democratic representatives questioning the results of past elections.

The next step was for Democrat and Republican senators to craft a resolution on how many witnesses will be called.

Both sides will have the opportunity to hold a simple majority vote on calling witnesses on Saturday, but neither is expected to do so.

McConnell alerted colleagues of his decision Saturday morning via email before the Senate convened for what could have been the final day of Trump's trial for "incitement of insurrection".

Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican from IN, told reporters he thought the defense was a "good offset" to the House managers' case. However, Cassidy was seen holding a draft statement of acquittal on Friday.

It seems unlikely that the 100-member Senate will be able to mount the two-thirds vote needed to convict Trump.

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