Impeachment manager Plaskett: GOP senators privately said she 'made the case' against Trump

Del. Stacey PlaskettStacey PlaskettPlaskett slams GOP rep for saying Black Lives Matter 'doesn't like the old-fashioned family' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Ahead: One-shot vax, easing restrictions, fiscal help Plaskett makes history for Virgin Islands after role in impeachment MORE (D-Virgin Islands), one of the House impeachment managers during former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors MORE’s second impeachment trial, said some GOP senators privately told her she "made the case" against him.

During an appearance on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time” on Monday night, Plaskett said some Republicans said they would vote to acquit Trump even though she made a strong argument that he incited the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 that led to five deaths.

“I had senators even after we presented who stopped me in the hallway — Republicans — who said that we had made the case but yet they were going to vote to acquit the president,” Plaskett told host Chris CuomoChris CuomoDOJ: Arizona recount could violate civil rights laws Haaland: Santorum's Native American comments 'unfortunate' CNN's Jake Tapper questions giving some GOP leaders airtime MORE.


Plaskett also said she offered those senators a “get-out-of-jail-free card” by suggesting they vote to convict the former president but not to disqualify him from future office, which would have taken only a majority. That second vote never happened, however, because Trump was acquitted.  

“The response was ‘Well, you’ll never get to 17, so I’ll never get to that second disqualification vote, and I’m not going to stand out on a limb all by myself,’” Plaskett said.


The Senate voted on Saturday to acquit Trump of inciting the riot. Seven GOP senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting that Trump was “guilty” of inciting the riot but fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict.

Speaking of the vote late Monday, Plaskett said she didn’t think the Republicans who voted to acquit Trump represented a majority of America.

“I don’t believe that what we saw among those people are what is the majority of Americans,” Plaskett said.

“Those 43 individuals who believe that their party and the president was more important than their oath, who believe that a seat in the Senate was more important than their constitutional duty, I think, represent a much smaller number of Americans that are out there,” she added.