VIDEO: Trump Would Have Been Convicted On Secret Ballot, Says Impeachment Manager

Former President Donald J. Trump would have been convicted in last week’s impeachment trial if senators had been allowed to cast ballots in private, according to one of the House Democrats who prosecuted the case.

‘>“We have no power to convict and disqualify a former officeholder who is now a private citizen,”
McConnell said then, moments after condemning Trump for mounting

‘>““I think that we have destroyed the reputation of Donald Trump — at least that’s what I hope we have done — by showing his absolute betrayal of not only his oath of office, but his trust as a citizen of our nation,”
she said.

Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-USVI) is pictured at a news conference held to discuss “a comprehensive plan to address the immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands” on November 28, 2017 in Washington, DC.   (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)


Plaskett also said Trump had a specific purpose in egging on his supporters on Jan. 6 from the opposite end of Pennsylvania Avenue: “to try and assassinate a vice president, simply to maintain power. I think that’s what people saw. That’s what I hope they saw.” Then-Vice President Mike Pence had said he would not stand in the way of Congress certifying the election of President Joseph R. Biden Jr., enraging Trump.

What followed, she said, was the tail end of Trump’s strategy to hold on to the presidency “by any means necessary,” including by causing Pence’s death. Plaskett said Trump “had run out of nonviolent means” in the weeks following the 2020 election.

“Let’s think about what would have happened if what he [Trump] wanted to do had transpired, right?” said Plaskett. “So what if the vice president had been killed? What if the speaker had been harmed? Would Donald Trump have been able to declare martial law? Would he still be sitting in the White House now? Who knows, right?”

Trump spokesman Jason Miller did not respond to texts and phone messages seeking comment.

Plaskett believed while she was speaking at the Senate rostrum that she was reaching some specific Republican senators, and might sway them. Ultimately none of them voted to convict the former president.

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