Saturday, February 13, 2021

5:29 p.m. The Senate adjourned until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when there will be a pro forma session. There will be another pro forma session at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

5:23 p.m. During wrap-up, the Senate consented to passage of S. Res. 61, paying tribute to the late George Schultz, and S. Res. 62, congratulating the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Senate agreed to consider the nomination of Thomas Vilsack to be Agriculture Secretary at a time to be determined on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Majority Leader Schumer filed cloture on the nominations of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and representative the Security Council.

The Senate agreed that it will next convene for legislative business on Monday, Feb. 22, when Senator Portman will deliver George Washington’s Farewell Address. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a cloture vote on the Thomas-Greenfield nominations.

4:43 p.m. Senator Collins spoke about the case.

4:28 p.m. Senator Cardin spoke about the case.

4:07 p.m. Senator McConnell spoke about the case.

3:54 p.m. Senator Schumer spoke about the case.

3:48 p.m. By a vote of 57 to 43, the Senate acquitted former President Trump.
Republicans voting guilty: Burr, Cassidy, Collins, Murkowski, Romney, Sasse, Toomey. All Democrats and independents King and Sanders voted guilty.

3:39 p.m. The vote on impeachment began, two-thirds majority required.

2:45 p.m. Counsel van der Veen began the argument for the defense.

2:35 p.m. Manager Raskin continued the arguments for the House.

2:18 p.m. Manager Neguse continued the arguments for the House.

1:52 p.m. Manager Dean resumed the House arguments.

1:51 p.m. Senator Lee withdrew his appeal. Senator Leahy reminded the parties that new evidence may not be introduced during closing arguments.

1:38 p.m. Senator Lee sought to raise a point of order. A quorum call began.

1:16 p.m. Manager Cicilline continued closing arguments for the House.

12:53 p.m. Manager Raskin began closing arguments. Up to four hours of debate are permitted, equally divided between the two sides.

12:51 p.m. By consent, the Senate admitted into the trial record a statement by Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

12:33 p.m. The Senate reconvened.

11:43 a.m. The Senate recessed until 12:30 p.m.

10:34 a.m. The motion on whether it shall be in order to consider and debate under the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena witnesses was agreed to 55-45, with Republicans Collins, Graham, Murkowski, Romney and Sasse joining all Democrats and Independents in favor.

10:20 a.m. The Senate began a roll call vote on whether or not it shall be in order to consider and debate under the impeachment rules any motion to subpoena witnesses and or documents.

10:19 a.m. House Manager Raskin spoke briefly.

10:14 a.m. Mr Van Der Veen responded.

10:11 a.m. House Manager Raskin spoke on witnesses.

10:08 a.m. Mr Van Der Veen responded.

10:04 a.m. The Senate began up to two hours debating whether to call witnesses, with House Manager Raskin speaking first.

10:00 a.m. The Senate convened.

The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m. as the Court of Impeachment for the trial of former President Trump. There will be up to two hours of debate on whether to call witnesses, followed by a vote on the question.