The previous two hearings have been reserved for the prosecution side. Democratic impeachment managers argued that Trump was personally responsible for inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6
Trump’s defence team will make their case today and tomorrow. They, like the Democrats, have 16 hours to do so. However, according to one of Trump’s lawyers, David Schoen, he expects his team to take only three to four hours on the first day of the hearing.
From the outset, Trump’s lawyers have emphasised that the process of impeaching the outgoing president is unconstitutional, and a number of Republican senators have supported this position. This argument may remain a cornerstone of the defence today. Trump’s lawyers could also try to argue that the former president should not have to answer to the actions of his supporters and that his words on election dishonesty were not open calls for violence, but constitutionally protected speech as free speech.
A final vote on the impeachment case could take place as early as Sunday, as no party has yet requested an extension of the process. If Trump is found guilty, he is likely to be removed from any future public office