WASHINGTON — The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump was suddenly thrown into chaos Saturday as the Senate voted to consider hearing witnesses, a step that could extend the proceedings and delay a vote on whether the former president incited the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
The last-minute fight comes as sources have revealed to ATR News what appears to be revelations from a chaotic phone call on the day of the riot between former President Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that Democrats say establishes Trump’s indifference to the violence.
The proceedings came to abrupt halt Saturday morning, with even senators seemingly confused about next steps. Senators were huddling on floor of the chamber as leaders spoke to the clerks at the dais.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell has already made clear that he will vote to acquit Trump, according to a source familiar with his thinking. Hammering home on his views for acquittal, some believe others in the Senate could follow, given the fact that the chamber is sitting at 50-50 on the issue. According to the rules, a two-thirds majority is required for conviction.
This story is still developing and will be updated.
ATR News Chief Digital Editor Thomas Lineweaver in Nashville, TN contributed to this report.