GOP Senator Bill Cassidy Slams Trump Team’s ‘Random, Disorganized’ Defense

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A lackluster argument on the part of Donald Trump’s lawyers has lead to a sixth Republican Senator voting to deny the 45th president’s team bid to halt the trial on constitutional grounds.

Senators confirmed, 56-44, their jurisdiction over the trial, the first of a president no longer in office. The tally showed how far prosecutors have to go to win conviction, which requires a two-thirds threshold of 67 senators.

The first test Tuesday was on the constitutionality of the trial, signaling attitudes in the Senate. Six Republicans joined with Democrats pursue the trial, just one more than on a similar vote last week. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana added to the ranks of Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

The Louisianan Republican Cassidy spoke to reporters after the vote. “I said, I’d be an impartial juror,” he said. The House managers “made a compelling argument,” Cassidy said, while “President Trump’s team were disorganized, they did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand. “

Indiana Senator Senator Mike Braun said both legal teams “did a decent job,” and the vote result showed where Senators positions are going into the impeachment trial.

Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial opened Tuesday with graphic video showing the former president whipping up a rally crowd to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” against his reelection defeat, followed by images of the deadly attack on Congress that came soon after.

Under an agreement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican leader Mitch McConnell, the substantive opening arguments will begin at noon Wednesday, with up to 16 hours per side for presentations. The trial is expected to continue into the weekend.

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