FINAL VOTE FEBRUARY 5, 4:00 P.M.
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 3, 2020) — On Friday, the U.S. Senate adjourned for the weekend until Monday morning, when House Impeachment Managers made their final arguments for conviction and removal from office, and President Trump’s defense team offered its closing arguments for acquittal.
Monday’s session went through 3:00 p.m. EST., after which the Senate adjourned as a court of impeachment.
The Senate’s departure for the weekend was in contrast to the previous weekend, when Saturday served as the first day for Trump’s defense team to make its opening statements.
After Senators voted Friday 51-49 not to call witnesses and subpoena documents, it appeared virtually certain that the upper congressional chamber will vote to acquit the president of “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress,” the two Articles of Impeachment approved by the House of Representatives on December 18.
Although not serving as a court of impeachment Tuesday, Senators will be able to speak on the floor “for up to 10 minutes,” the website for Senate Democrats reported on Monday.
The Senate resumes its role as a court of impeachment at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. “Senators have until Wednesday, February 26th to have printed statements and opinions in the Congressional Record, explaining their votes and include those in the documentation of the Impeachment Proceedings,” Senate Democrats’ website reports.
According to Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, a two-thirds majority of Senators in attendance is required to remove a sitting president, a number not met upon the impeachment of Presidents Andrew Johnson (1868) and William Jefferson Clinton (1999).