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(NBC News) - Watch live coverage of former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial as the Senate considers whether he can be held responsible for the Capitol riots.

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UPDATE (3:00 pm)

he Senate has acquitted Donald Trump of inciting the attack on the U.S. Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial with a vote of 57-43.

UPDATE: (2:00 pm)

As a vote in Donald Trump's impeachment trial nears a close, lead Democratic impeachment manager Jamie Raskin told the Senate that "this is almost certainly how you will be remembered by history."

Raskin said that "none of us can escape the demands of history and destiny right now" as the House managers argue that Trump incited the violent Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and the Senate decides whether to convict him.

He said the trial is not about Trump, but "about who we are."
Trump's lawyers, and many Senate Republicans, have argued that the trial is unconstitutional.

They also say Trump did not intentionally incite the riot when he told a mob of his supporters to "fight like hell" to overturn his election defeat and march to the Capitol as Congress was counting the electoral votes.

The House managers laid out video evidence of the violent assault, in which five people died. Raskin said they proved that Trump betrayed his country and "betrayed his oath of office."

A lawyer for Donald Trump says everyone acknowledges the horror of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month but that the former president wasn't responsible for it.

Michael van der Veen gave his closing arguments on the Senate floor on Saturday in the impeachment trial of Trump.

He says there is no evidence that Trump incited an "armed insurrection" to "overthrow the U.S. government" and to think that Trump would have wanted that is "absurd."

He says the event on Jan. 6 was supposed to be peaceful but that a small group "hijacked" it for their own purposes.

He also repeated the arguments from Friday that other politicians have engaged in incendiary rhetoric, though impeachment managers noted that none of those speeches precipitated an attack on the U.S. government.


UPDATE: (12:00 pm)

The Senate has reached a deal to skip witness testimony in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

Under the deal, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's statement on a phone call between Trump and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy as rioters stormed the Capitol was entered into the trial record as evidence.

No further witnesses were called.

The agreement averts a prolonged trial and sets up closing arguments from both sides on Saturday. Thrown into confusion, the senators had voted earlier in the day to adjourn while they tried to work out an agreement.

The rare Saturday session was to be for closing arguments in Trump's trial over whether he is guilty of inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Acquittal still appears likely, underscored by news that Republican leader Mitch McConnell plans to vote that way


UPDATE: (9:46 am)

The U.S. Senate has voted to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

This could potentially extend proceedings that had been expected to end with a vote for conviction or acquittal on Saturday.

The Senate is holding a rare Saturday session for closing arguments in Trump's trial over whether he is guilty of inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Acquittal still appears likely, underscored by news that Republican leader Mitch McConnell plans to vote that way.

The trial has laid bare the fragility of the nation's tradition of a peaceful transfer of presidential power


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The Senate is holding a rare Saturday session for closing arguments in Donald Trump's impeachment trial, and then senators will vote on whether Trump will be held accountable for inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Acquittal appears likely, underscored by news that Republican leader Mitch McConnell plans to vote that way.

Trump faces a charge of incitement of insurrection.

Trump's legal team has characterized the impeachment case as a politically motivated "witch hunt." Prosecutors have called Trump the "inciter in chief."

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