Tennessee’s senators participate in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial after voting against its constitutionality

Published: Feb. 10, 2021 at 3:36 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Tennessee’s senators sat in on the oral arguments for the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump Wednesday. Senators Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) voted no Tuesday night on the question as to whether the Senate has jurisdiction in this particular case. 42 of their colleagues voted the same way but they were a minority in the chamber and House managers began laying out their case Wednesday.

Part of Blackburn’s statement said the impeachment trial “is being staged for partisan political purposes,” and that “Congressional Democrats are opening up a Pandora’s box and wasting tax dollars and legislative time in the process.”

Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) was one of the six Republicans separating from his party. He previously voted to throw out the trial on constitutional grounds. But Cassidy Tuesday said the House Democratic managers had a much stronger argument on day one of the trial which lead him to believe this process is constitutional.

“They made a compelling argument. President Trump’s team were disorganized. They did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand,” said Cassidy.

With House managers beginning their arguments Wednesday, Hagerty says he cannot imagine hearing anything in this process that will convince him it is constitutional or appropriate. Hagerty, a Trump ally who served as his ambassador to Japan says the Senate should not be used in this manner.

“To me it’s clear. The remedy called for is removal - that’s not possible in this case. The president is no longer the sitting president. The Chief Justice isn’t presiding. We shouldn’t be undertaking this effort at all. This is a purely political effort at this point,” said Hagerty.

56 senators from both sides of the aisle agreed the process is appropriate and constitutional. Both legal teams are allotted 16 hours to present their case spread over four days, then senators get a chance to ask questions. Hagerty did not say whether he will ask a question.

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