- Republican senators are still not ready to agree that Donald Trump is guilty of the impeachment charges levelled against him
- This position is coming on the heels of striking evidence that the embattled former US leader incited the riot that led to the Capitol invasion
- The lawmakers argued that Trump did not instigate any sort of violence after losing the presidential election
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Despite overwhelming evidence from Democrats that Donald Trump incited insurrection leading to the Capitol Hill invasion, Republican senators are bent on acquitting the former US president.
Impeachment managers on Wednesday, February 10, presented before the House video clips revealing how pro-Trump protesters caused mayhem during their lawless activities in the invasion, CNN reports.
In the visual recordings, protesters were in search of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the then vice president, Mike Pence, and ransacked their desks after failing to get hold of them.
In spite of these, lawmakers from the opposition party are not convinced that Trump should be convicted; most of them argue that there was never a time the former American leader called for the chaos that characterised the January 6 march.
One of the Republicans who still maintained his support for Trump and faulted the evidence was Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz insisted that there was no direct like between the embattled former president and the riot.
He also said:
"They spent a great deal of time focusing on the horrific acts of violence that were played out by the criminals, but the language from the President doesn't come close to meeting the legal standard for incitement."
Meanwhile, many former Republican officials were considering forming a new breakaway party as Trump faced the second impeachment trial at the Senate.
Those making the moves believe the Republican party is not willing to stand up to Trump and his attempts to undermine the US democracy.
Legit.ng gathered that those involved in the early discussions about forming the new party include former elected Republicans and former officials in the Republican administrations.