Senators vote to proceed with impeachment trial

REP. JAMIE RASKIN: "She said, 'Dad, I don't want to come back to the Capitol.'"

Emotional accounts of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and an uneven and - at times - loud defense...

TRUMP LAWYER DAVID SCHOEN: "I make no apology!"

...were presented to the 100-seat Senate on Tuesday - the first day of the historic, second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, the only former president to be tried in the Senate after leaving office.

Tuesday's dramatic proceedings began with lead impeachment trial manager Jamie Raskin premiering a highly produced and graphic 13-minute video, showing scenes of Trump backers violently breaching the Capitol juxtaposed with images of the alarmed lawmakers inside...

TRUMP ON JANUARY 6, 2021: "Stop the steal."

...and using Trump's own words against him.

RASKIN: "Senators, this cannot be our future. This cannot be the future of America. We cannot have presidents inciting and mobilizing mob violence against our government. And our institutions because they refuse to accept the will of the people under the Constitution of the United States."

The Day 1 arguments centered on the question of whether holding a trial after Trump left office violates the U.S. Constitution. Trump's lead defense lawyer Bruce Castor said the Senate did not have jurisdiction to conduct the trial, but admitted his team had to change its strategy after the impeachment managers made their case.

CASTOR: "I'll be quite frank with you. We changed what we were going to do on account that we thought the House managers' presentation was well done."

Co-counsel David Schoen then delivered a more aggressive defense of the president, arguing the impeachment process was being weaponized by House Democrats.

SCHOEN: "... a group of partisan politicians seeking to eliminate Donald Trump from the American political scene and seeking to disenfranchise 74 million plus American voters."

But, in the end, a majority of the Senate voted to move forward with a full impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly Capitol riot.

Six Republicans joined the Democrats to say the trial was constitutional, including Senator Bill Cassidy, who was the only Republican to switch his vote to support proceeding with the trial, calling the Trump lawyers' opening statements "disorganized" and "random," adding "the House managers made a compelling, cogent case, and the president’s team did not."