For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.Former President Donald Trump faces his second impeachment trial in the Senate on Feb. 9, 2021, when lawmakers will begin the process of considering whether to convict him on a charge of indictment of insurrection following the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House last month while still in office, the first president ever to be impeached twice. It was a largely party-line vote, but 10 Republicans also joined Democrats in condemning the president for stoking violence. Unlike his last impeachment trial before the Senate in 2020, when he faced charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, this trial comes weeks after the end of his term, another first. Most Senate Republicans voted not to proceed with the trial because they view it as unconstitutional to try Trump once no longer in office, but that motion failed in a 55-45 vote. Democrats have a razor thin majority in the Senate, giving them the power to push forward with the trial and on their terms, but they will need to win over some Republicans in order to convict Trump, which requires a two-thirds majority vote, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “WATCH LIVE: Trump’s second impeachment trial begins in Senate, Day 1“, below:
Warning: Some video shown during the trial contains graphic images of violence and profanity.
Separately, Rep. Jamie Raskin closed his argument in the impeachment trial of former President Trump by recounting what he and his children experienced during the Capitol riot, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “Rep. Raskin Recounts His Experiences During The Capitol Riot At Senate Impeachment Trial, NBC News“, below:
Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., one of nine House impeachment managers prosecuting the case against former President Donald Trump, spoke Tuesday in a hearing about the constitutionality of holding an impeachment trial against a former president. Many Republicans have argued that the trial should not go forward because Trump is no longer in office, an argument that is a key piece of Trump’s defense, but Democrats are arguing to proceed. Neguse noted precedents set by past impeachments, such as that of former War Secretary William Belknap, former Sen. William Blount, then-sitting Judge Robert Archbald and former District Judge George English. He argued that when the founding fathers wrote the Constitution they did not exclude public officials after they left office, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “WATCH: Rep. Neguse on why Trump should be prosecuted though no longer president“, below:
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., one of nine House impeachment managers prosecuting the case against former President Donald Trump, spoke Tuesday about the constitutionality of holding an impeachment trial against a former president, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “WATCH: Rep. Cicilline on why Trump should be prosecuted though no longer president“, below:
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) says that convicting former President Donald Trump for his role in inciting the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol is necessary because there should be consequences for Trump’s behavior and it would set a dangerous precedent if Trump is not held accountable, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “GOP lawmaker says convicting Trump is necessary“, below:
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Ari Melber discusses the significance of the impeachment trial occurring in the same place the Capitol riot happened, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “Impeachment Trial A Test Of How Everyone Wants To Relate To This Substantively And Seriously, MSNBC“, below:
The first day of Trump’s second impeachment trial is under wraps and MSNBC’s Ari Melber breaks down the proceedings with former SDNY prosecutor John Flannery and The New York Time’s Emily Bazelon. Discussing the House impeachment managers’ opening presentation, Flannery asserts it’s “impossible” for “any responsible public office holder to vote for acquittal and not be against our basic form of government.” (This interview is from MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber, a news show covering politics, law and culture airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “See Why Trump May Be Banned From Running For Office Ever Again, The Beat With Ari Melber, MSNBC“, below:
We’re learning more about how prosecutors say rioters carried out the assault on the U.S. Capitol last month. At least 20 suspects have ties to extremist groups. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge joins “CBSN AM” with the details, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “More details from investigation into assault on U.S. Capitol“, below:
USA Today’s Susan Page joins Morning Joe to discuss her latest column on the second impeachment of Donald Trump, in the video “Why Stakes Are High For Trump And ‘Almost Everybody Else’, Morning Joe, MSNBC“, below:
Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial is slated to begin on Tuesday, and the Morning Joe panel breaks down what to expect, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “Second Impeachment Trial Of Donald Trump Begins Today, Morning, Joe, MSNBC“, below:
MSNBC impeachment analyst Daniel Goldman discusses how the videos and social media posts from the rioters are useful as evidence, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “Daniel Goldman: Videos Of Capitol Riot ‘Evidentiary Gold’, MSNBC“, below:
Below, are the latest news and commentary from Chris Hayes weekdays at 8 p.m. ET on MSNBC, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021 “Watch All In With Chris Hayes Highlights: February 8, MSNBC“, below:
CNN’s Chris Cuomo takes a closer look at former President Trump’s legal team’s argument on the first day of his second impeachment trial, in the video published on Feb. 9, 2021, “Chris Cuomo: Trump;s own lawyer made the best defense of the day“, below:
It would be the ultimate ridicule of democracy if those insurgents are being charged but Trump gets acquitted at the end of the Senate trial for incitement of insurrection. Or, alternatively, one may view democracy is not quite yet 100% efficient if the Senate will not convict Donald Trump: for the true criminal, the master mind behind the operation gets off Scott free while the patsies are being arrested and charged for insurrection. The question remains: will Donald Trump be convicted in paying for the crime of his making or will Donald Trump get off Scott free while his patsies pay for his crime? May this be a lesson in the history of democracy. Finally:
Shouldn’t the final vote at the end of the Senate trial be of secret ballot?
If many GOP Senators are more fearful of not being primaried rather than more fearful of the loss of democracy or potential loss of their own lives, isn’t it time to limit the term to one term for each and every Senators?
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