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The Senate trial of former President Donald Trump will never hear witnesses.
After a two-hour break in the next trial Senate vote To allow witnesses, House managers and Trump’s attorneys agreed to stipulate Declaration Released Friday by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, a R from Washington, it can be entered on the trial record. The agreement avoided a confrontation between the two sides over whether to summon Herrera Butler and possibly many other witnesses – a development that could have delayed the conclusion of the trial and other work of the Senate for weeks.
In her statement, Herrera Butler spoke of a conversation she had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California, about a call he had with President Donald Trump on January 6.
“When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully cancel the riots,” the statement reads, “the president initially repeated the lie that it was Antifa who had violated the Capitol. McCarthy refuted this and told the president that these were Trump supporters.
Then, according to McCarthy, the president said, “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset with the election than you are,” she said.
This statement is now part of the record, and the Senate quickly moved to closing arguments at the trial.