Impeachment trial deal ends move for witnesses and brings final vote near – live

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Mike Lee has raised a point of order, after impeachment manager David Cicilline mentioned the Republican senator’s call with Donald Trump on 6 January.

Cicilline presented an altered timeline of 6 January, after Lee provided the impeachment managers with a phone record showing Trump called him after the then-president sent a tweet disparaging Mike Pence. (The managers previously suggested the call happened before Trump sent the tweet.)

The decision to move forward without calling witnesses in the impeachment trial will allow congressional Democrats to focus on advancing Joe Biden’s agenda, namely his coronavirus relief package.

But the decision also means that the Democrats passed on an opportunity to present new, potentially damning evidence about Donald Trump’s response to the 6 January insurrection.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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