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DEVELOPING STORY: The Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump took a sharp turn on Saturday as Democrats decided to allow witnesses.
Five Republicans joined Democrats to call for witnesses – including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
The other Republicans included Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). Graham was a last-minute change, after initially voting nay.
House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) sought to call Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) via Zoom for her testimony — following her statement that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told her that former President Trump had sided with the mob during a phone call while the Capitol was under attack.
Trump’s attorney, Michael van deer Veen, then threatened that the defense would respond by seeking to call a host of witnesses, including Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).