The second day of the ex President TrumpDonald TrumpSchoen Says Trump’s Team Will Be ‘Very Well Prepared’ Following Criticism Iowa Republicans Seek To Cut Funding For Schools With Project 1619 In Curriculum A Capitol Riot Seen Smoking In Rotunda Arrested MOREThe impeachment impeachment trial ended in chaos after an effort by the Sen. Mike leeMichael (Mike) Shumway Lee Senate Passes Organizing Resolution for Trump’s Second Trial LIVE COVERAGE: Senate Opens Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Republican Party ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ Impeachment MORE (R-Utah) to remove the House impeachment managers’ comments from the official record sparked widespread confusion.
After House managers announced they were ending the day, Lee stood at his desk on the Senate floor and asked to delete comments made by House lawmakers related to him.
“Moments ago, the House impeachment managers attributed statements to me. The statements relating to the content of the conversations between a phone call involving President Trump and Senator Tuberville were not made by me. They are not accurate and are contrary to In fact. Pursuant to Rule 16, I propose that they be removed from the registry, “Lee said.
Lee appeared to be referring to statements made by Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineVideo stirs emotions on the first day of Trump’s trial LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens second Trump impeachment House formally sends Senate impeachment and takes Trump to trial for Capitol riot MORE (DR.I.), who, while giving part of the House managers’ presentation, said former President Trump attempted to call Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) On January 6 and instead called Read.
Lee previously told the Deseret News, in an article published on January 7, that Trump called him on January 6 thinking he was calling Tuberville. Lee, according to the article, also said that he stood still as they talked so as not to lose his phone.
“Senator Lee described it. He had just finished a sentence with his colleagues here in the Senate chamber, and the phone rang. It was Donald Trump. Senator Lee explains that the phone call goes something like this. ‘Hey, Tommy, Trump Question. Senator Lee says, ‘This isn’t Tommy.’ He hands over the phone to Senator Tuberville, “Cicilline said.
“Senator Lee later confirmed that he stood by while Senator Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone. And on that call, Donald Trump allegedly asked Senator Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process,” he continued.
Even before he stood up to make his move, Lee looked visibly annoyed by the comments. He was seen at his desk ripping a sheet of paper from a notepad and writing: “This is not what happened.” He handed the paper over to David Schoen, one of Trump’s attorneys.
Senator Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph Leahy Trump’s attorney says Roberts absence creates a conflict of interest for Democrats Chief Justice Roberts is paving the way for Trump to claim his trial is unconstitutional LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens Trump’s second impeachment MORE (D-Vt.), Presiding Officer, appeared to disagree with Lee’s request once he made the objection based on information he received from Senate staff.
The uproar quickly caused widespread confusion, and senators tried to find out what Lee was saying was not accurate and what was forcing a vote. The situation was complicated because Leahy’s microphone appeared faulty at times.
Senator Roger wickerRoger Frederick Wicker GOP Senators Send Clear Signal: Trump Is Being Absolved NIGHT ENERGY: Senate Advances On EPA Election Nomination Of Biden, Regan | Study: Air Pollution from Fossil Fuels Linked to 1 in 5 Deaths Worldwide | Biden Has More Time to Decide on Dakota Access Pipeline Senate Advances on Nomination of Biden’s Pick by EPA, Regan MORE (R-Miss.) He asked Leahy which senators would vote. When Leahy was repeated, Lee intervened again to argue that they weren’t heeding his request that the statements made by House impeachment managers be removed from the official record.
“That is not my motion … What I asked was: statements were attributed to me repeatedly, about which I have personal knowledge because I am the source. They are not true,” Lee said.
Republicans could be heard yelling, “Listen! Listen!” after Lee finished speaking. Senator Joe manchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate moves forward on nominating Regan, chosen by EPA from Biden | Study: Air Pollution from Fossil Fuels Linked to 1 in 5 Deaths Worldwide | Biden Has More Time to Decide on Dakota Access Pipeline Manchin Urges Biden to Roll Back Keystone Pipeline Sanders Says Biden See Progressives as ‘Strong Part of His Coalition’ MORE (DW.Va.) also intervened at the time, and the Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer, Trump’s attorney, says Roberts absence creates conflict of interest for Democrats Budget reconciliation may be the only hope for lowering drug prices LIVE COVERAGE: Senate opens second Trump impeachment MORE (DN.Y.) could be heard on a hot mic asking, “Who’s talking? Joe? What’s he doing?”
When Leahy appeared to move toward a vote, Manchin interrupted again.
“Let him explain. Please let him explain … Why was it fake?” Manchin said.
Lee indicated that he would be willing to answer Manchin’s question. Leahy said the debate was out of order, but the senators yelled that they couldn’t hear him.
Schumer chimed in to try to get clarification on what was being voted on. Amid more confusion, he paused in judgment “while we sort this out.”
When the Senate reconvened, Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben Raskin Video stirs emotions on first day of Trump trial Republican Senators’ stumped ‘by Trump’s legal defense’ unfocused ‘and’ weaker ‘Republican senator says House arguments were’ persuasive ‘ (D-Md.), The senior manager of impeachment, announced that they agreed to Lee’s request to break the record.
“Sir. Cicilline correctly and accurately quoted a newspaper account, to which the distinguished senator has objected, so we are happy to withdraw it,” Raskin said.
“This is much ado about nothing because it is not critical in any way to our case,” Raskin said before leaving the podium.
Lee, however, seemed dissatisfied and replied, “You are not the one being called as a witness, sir.”