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Impeachment manager: More witnesses would not have persuaded GOP senators to convict Trump

Impeachment manager: More witnesses would not have persuaded GOP senators to convict Trump
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One of the Democratic House impeachment managers charged with prosecuting former President TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE in his second impeachment trial defended her party's decision not to call witnesses in the Senate proceedings, saying on Sunday the managers had proved their case.

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-V.I.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" that she believed she and her colleagues had convinced the majority of GOP senators of Trump's guilt in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, pointing to Minority Leader Mitch McConnel's (R-Ky.) statement excoriating the former president after Trump was acquitted on Saturday.

"He agreed with us, they all agreed with us," Plaskett said Sunday. "What we needed we more senators with spines, not more witnesses."

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"I don't think we backed down, I think we got what we wanted, which was her statement," Plaskett responded.

Seven GOP senators eventually joined with Democrats to support Trump's conviction on Saturday, short of the 17 needed to avoid acquittal.

Plaskett, who serves represents the Virgin Islands, made history last week by becoming the first nonvoting House member to be selected as part of an impeachment team. A former Republican, the Democratic delegate also served as a senior counsel for the Department of Justice before joining Congress in 2015.