Biden says he didn’t watch Trump Senate trial, monitored coverage

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President Biden on Thursday said he “didn’t watch any of the hearing live” but did monitor coverage of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

House impeachment managers began their prosecution of Trump on Wednesday, saying he incited the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that left five dead and disrupted certification of Biden’s victory.

“My guess is some minds may be changed,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office.

“I’m focused on my job … to deal with the promises I made. And we all know we have to move on,” Biden said.

The president said he didn’t watch the trial, which was carried live throughout the day on cable news outlets, because he was “going straight through last night until a little after 9” on other work.

The first day of trial arguments on Wednesday featured dramatic security camera footage showing how close the mob came to lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence. On Tuesday, Democrats garnered just six GOP votes in an initial ballot on whether the process is constitutional due to Trump having already left office.

Trump was impeached by the House last month for “incitement to insurrection,” but it’s considered unlikely that enough Senate Republicans would vote to convict him. Democrats need to win over 17 Republicans for a conviction and 44 of them voted that the trial was unconstitutional. If convicted, Trump could be banned from holding federal office again.

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