The prosecutors in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate plan to introduce new evidence against him, senior aides said Tuesday.
And aides said it is possible that Republican senators will decide to vote to convict Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol complex, and bar him from holding the presidency ever again, after hearing that evidence.
“Once they see that this President did in fact incite a violent insurrection in order to hold onto power, I think it very well may be the case that reluctant senators change their mind and vote to convict,” aides told reporters, hours before the trial was set to kick off.
But those aides to the House impeachment manager team would not give any details of that new evidence against Trump.
“Stay tuned,” they said.
For Trump to be convicted, at least 17 Republican senators will have to join the Senate’s 48 Democrats and two independents in finding Trump guilty. That appears unlikely, at least at the moment, because 45 Republicans previously voted in favor of the argument that an impeachment trial against a former president such as Trump is barred under the law.
Some of those senators had said that did not necessarily mean they would vote to acquit Trump at trial.
The impeachment managers’ aides said they are confident of the strength of the case.
“The House will establish at trial that President Trump merits conviction and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor trust, or profit under the United States,” the aides said.
Trump is accused of helping to spark the violent invasion of the halls of Congress shortly after a rally he spoke at near the White House, where he urged supporters to help him in the “fight” to block the confirmation of Joe Biden’s win as president.
Thousands of Trump supporters rioted around and in the Capitol complex on the heels of that rally, which interrupted a joint session of Congress that was formally signing off on Biden’s victory.
Five people died in connection with the chaos, including a Capitol police officer, and a female Trump supporter who was shot by a police officer as she tried to climb through a window near the House chamber.
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