Senate votes in favor of calling witnesses in Trump impeachment trial

The Senate on Saturday voted to begin the process of calling witnesses as part of the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

The Senate can vote by a simple majority to call specific witnesses.

The surprise move throws a wrench into the trial, which was expected to end with a vote on whether to convict the former president by Saturday afternoon. It is unclear how long the process will last or how many witnesses will testify.

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Republicans are afraid that Trump’s second impeachment trial is going to be ’embarassing’

Talking about the actual events of Jan. 6, and Donald Trump’s actions that led to men in paramilitary garb searching through the House chamber for hostages could be deeply embarrassing to Republicans. As eternal Trump advisor Steve Bannon notes, “The Democrats have a very emotional and compelling case. They’re going to try to convict him in the eyes of the American people and smear him forever.”

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Ocasio-Cortez To Ted Cruz: ‘You Almost Had Me Murdered … You Can Resign’

The congresswoman told the Texas Republican that he should resign if he wanted “to help,” after he agreed with a tweet of hers, in which she called for transparency into the trading app Robinhood’s decision to stop investors from buying GameStop, AMC Entertainment and other stock shares earlier in the day. 

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In Her First Act as VP, Kamala Harris Swears in Georgia Senators – Mother Jones

In her first act as vice president—and president of the Senate—Kamala Harris administered the oath of office to the two newly elected Democratic senators from Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, as well as California’s appointee to fill her former Senate seat, Alex Padilla.

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Kamala Harris To Resign Her Senate Seat Monday As She Prepares For Vice Presidency

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated.

Aides to the California Democrat confirmed the timing and said Gov. Gavin Newsom was aware of her decision, clearing the way for him to appoint fellow Democrat Alex Padilla, now California’s secretary of state, to serve the final two years of Harris’ term.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Member Says Trump Should Be Cut Off From Briefings

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Sunday that President Donald Trump should be cut off from intelligence briefings after his presidency ends.

“There’s a grave danger of him inadvertently or willfully revealing classified information that would compromise sources and methods,” King told CNN. “And there is no upside. There is no reason that he needs to have this information.”

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Democrats shatter fundraising records ahead of Georgia Senate runoffs

The fundraising advantage for Democrats has given their candidates a massive advantage in TV advertising. Ossoff has already spent $67 million on TV since the November election, compared to $34 million for Perdue, according to data from AdImpact. Warnock has spent $53 million so far, compared to $36 million for Loeffler. Both Democrats also have more booked for the final two weeks of the race.

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