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On Saturday morning, the senators voted to hear from Republican MP Jaime Herrera Beutler as a witness in the impeachment proceedings. Later, an agreement allowed her to be put on file without calling her. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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On Saturday morning, the senators voted to hear from Republican MP Jaime Herrera Beutler as a witness in the impeachment proceedings. Later, an agreement allowed her to be put on file without calling her.

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The impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump in the Senate will not be heard from witnesses.

After a two-hour pause in the process after a Senate vote to admit witnesses, the property managers and Trump’s attorneys agreed that a statement released Friday by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Could be included in the trial record. The deal prevented a showdown between the two sides on whether to call Herrera Beutler and possibly many other witnesses – a development that could have delayed the completion of the trial and the Senate’s other business for weeks.

In her statement, Herrera Beutler shared a conversation with House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., About a phone call he had on January 6th to President Donald Trump.

“When McCarthy finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and violently end the uprising,” the statement said, “the president first repeated the lie that it was Antifa who violated the Capitol. McCarthy refuted it this and told the President that these were Trump supporters.

Then, according to McCarthy, the president said, “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are,” she said.

That statement is now part of the Minutes and the Senate quickly moved on to the final arguments in the process.

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