The prosecution is set to present its case against Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection.’
The House impeachment managers on Wednesday will begin their oral arguments in the second Senate trial in a year of former President Donald J. Trump, an opportunity to present a direct link between Mr. Trump’s behavior and the deadly riot that unfolded at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The managers face a steep challenge as they seek to persuade Republican senators to vote for conviction. The proceedings on Tuesday offered new evidence of the Republican Party’s loyalty to Mr. Trump and the high probability that he will be acquitted.
Only six Republican senators sided with Democrats in voting on Tuesday that the Senate has the power to try Mr. Trump even though he is no longer in office. To convict him, 17 Republicans would need to join the Senate’s 50 Democrats.
After the Senate decided that the proceedings were constitutional, the trial now moves to oral arguments starting at noon. Each side has up to 16 hours over two days to make its case. The House impeachment managers, who are acting as prosecutors, will go first, followed by Mr. Trump’s legal team.
The proceedings on Tuesday offered a preview of how the House managers are expected to lay out their case against Mr. Trump, who faces a charge of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in stirring up the mob that attacked the Capitol.
As part of his presentation, Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and the lead impeachment manager, showed a 13-minute video that was intended to force Republican senators to reckon with the violence that took place at the Capitol that day.
The video showed clips of Mr. Trump’s speech on Jan. 6, followed by scenes of his supporters storming the Capitol, wreaking havoc and even reaching the Senate floor, where the impeachment trial is now being conducted.
“This cannot be the future of America,” Mr. Raskin said. “We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilizing mob violence against our government and our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people under the Constitution of the United States.”
The trial is expected to move quickly, with a vote on whether to convict or acquit Mr. Trump expected as soon as this weekend.
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