House impeachment officials are expected to conclude their closing arguments Thursday in the Senate trial of former President Donald J. Trump, a day after delivering a dramatic presentation that showed in graphic detail the storming of Capitol Hill by Trump supporters.
The presentation, which featured never-before-seen security footage as well as police radio communications, was a chilling account of the heart-wrenching events of January 6, after Mr. Trump rallied his supporters on the day Congress met to certify election results. .
The Senate is scheduled to meet at noon Thursday, and House administrators, who serve as the prosecution team for the trial, will have up to eight hours to complete their case brief.
Then it will be time for the defense team, whose debut Tuesday in a debate over the constitutionality of the trial was difficult at best, infuriating Mr. Trump. The trial is advancing at a rapid pace and a vote on whether to convict the former president could take place as early as this weekend.
The Directors’ narration of the Capitol attack was filled with emotional power, forcing the senators to shoulder the chaos and underscoring the danger to themselves and others who had been in the building – including Vice President Mike Pence – had faced as rioters marched on. inside.
“He told them to ‘fight like hell,’ and they brought us hell that day,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and senior impeachment official, citing the speech. that Mr. Trump delivered on January 6.
While the House officials’ presentation brought the events of that day to the fore, the crude display could end up having little effect on the general political contours of the trial.
On Tuesday, all but six Republican senators voted against continuing the trial, a clear sign of the difficulty House managers face as they seek to persuade members of Mr. Trump’s party to break with him.
Seventeen Republican senators are expected to join the 48 Democrats and two independents to achieve the two-thirds supermajority required to convict Mr. Trump of the “incitement to insurgency” charge he faces.