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Trump Protected by Republicans Who Adopted Defense Team’s Logic

  • GOP senators repeat arguments used by Trump defense lawyers
  • Some forced to defend conduct that made them uncomfortable
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Republican senators protected Donald Trump, and each other, from confronting fresh evidence in the president’s impeachment trial by embracing arguments made by his lawyers about why the trial had run its course.

The vote against seeking new documents and testimony was a razor-thin 51-49, and came only after a handful of wavering Republicans took some rhetorical leaps to avoid prolonging the election-year trial.