An emotional second day of the trial ended in procedural chaos when a Republican senator objected to statements citing him as a source for conversation with former President Donald J. Trump had the heart of the case during the Capitol attack
Speaking about Mr. Trump in the final hour of the argument on Wednesday, Representative David Cicilline, Democrat of Rhode Island and one of the impeachment executives, mistakenly called Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, to ask Senator Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, In describing the call, which was detailed in news reports, Mr Cicilline alleged that Mr Lee had as Mr. Trump asked Mr. Tuberville to raise additional objection to the confirmation of President Biden’s votes
As Mr Cicilline spoke, Mr. Lee could be seen angrily writing on a notepad in large letters: â € œThat didnâ € ™ t happen, ???? As the Democrats finalized their arguments for the day, Mr Lee said he invoked an impeachment rule that allows senators to ask questions during the trial, including the admissibility of evidence, and requested that the statements about him be deemed false / p>
Senator Patrick J Leahy of Vermont, the impeachment chairman, ruled the motion was not in order.Mr Leahy, who had consulted with the Senate MP, pointed out a rule specific to that impeachment that allows property managers to include elements in theirs oral submissions that were not included in their original pre-trial submissions
How some lawmakers, including Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, demanded that Mr. Lee explain why the description was wrong, the murmuring and confusion among Senators and staff temporarily derailing the last moments of the day,
After a series of intense scrums on the floor where Mr. Lee was heard insist that he not make these statements Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and senior impeachment manager, agreed to withdraw the words, but reserved the option to re-raise the issue and sue later in the process
“We will be withdrawing it tonight and without prejudice to the opportunity to resubmit it if possible” Mr. Raskin Said We can discuss it if we need it But it is not ???? This is a lot of ado about nothing because it is in no way critical for our caseâ ????
As Mr Raskin spoke, Mr. Lee was heard across the Senate Chamber and replied, “You are not the one to be cited as a witness, Sir”â ????
World News – USA – Day 2 ends in procedural chaos as Senator Mike Lee asks that his name be removed from prosecutor’s arguments