The Democrats caved again and now will not call witnesses after making the Senate take a vote on the issue and they won the vote. They caved because the GOP got tough and issued multiple warnings about calling their witnesses.
Ted Cruz said Nancy Pelosi would be called as a witness so she could explain the lax security around the Capitol. The security issues still loom and we don’t have complete answers as to why the Capitol was so unprepared.
“I think it is very likely that President Trump’s lawyers will call Nancy Pelosi,” Cruz said. “Nancy Pelosi is clearly a relevant witness to this matter. Speaker Pelosi can testify on when she knew about the threats to the Capitol, what she knew specifically. And in particular she could testify, we heard already the House Sergeant of Arms turned down National Guard protection for the Capitol on January 6th because, of course, the optics. And I think Speaker Pelosi can testify on whether she made a decision based on optics, based on politics not to have additional protection at the Capitol to prevent the terrorist attack that played out.”
From The Hill:
Instead, the Senate entered a statement Herrera Beutler released on Friday night into the trial record.
The move will allow the Senate to bypass calling witnesses — a process senators warned could prolong Trump’s second impeachment trial for days if not longer.
Herrera Beutler released a statement saying that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had told her about his conversation with Trump on Jan. 6 as the riot was unfolding.
“When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol. McCarthy refuted that and told the president that these were Trump supporters. That’s when, according to McCarthy, the president said: ‘Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,’” she said.
Bruce Castor, one of Trump’s lawyers, said the statement was the same as the testimony the GOP lawmaker would have given if deposed. Raskin then formally agreed to the deal and read Herrera Beutler’s statement into the record.
The Senate then moved on to closing arguments for the trial.
What an unbelievable cave by Democrats here.
They cleared the first witness vote — and then decided that they wouldn’t call witnesses.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 13, 2021
Yup. Huge, huge cave.
Would’ve been better off not even raising the witness issue at all. https://t.co/g8AF409dKa
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) February 13, 2021