Day three of the Trump impeachment trial begins in the Senate. House managers have eight hours to present their evidence.
Impeachment prosecutor Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., told senators a story from the final weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration during his last presentation Wednesday evening.
In a last-ditch attempt to force more objections to the counting of electoral votes on Jan. 6, Cicilline recounted that Trump had reportedly attempted to call Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., but reached Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, instead.
As Cicilline spoke about Trump telling Lee to do more to object to electoral votes, Lee shook his head furiously and scribbled on a sheet of paper “this is not what happened.” He then handed it to Trump’s attorney David Schoen.
As proceedings concluded, Lee stood up to tell senators the account was incorrect, and he demanded the remarks be struck from the record. There was confusion in the chamber for several minutes as the senators worked to figure out what exactly was happening.
“I’m the only witness,” Lee said. And as the only witness on the call, he said he “never made those statements.”
Eventually, Rep. Jamie Raskin spoke from the dais that the comments would be removed and that they were not pivotal to the Democrats’ case. The Senate gaveled out shortly after.
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