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Biden on Trump Trial: 'Some Minds May Have Been Changed'

U.S. News & World Report logo U.S. News & World Report 2/11/2021 Alexa Lardieri
a man wearing a suit and tie sitting in a chair: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties on the critical need to invest in modern and sustainable American infrastructure. © (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) U.S. President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Senators from both parties on the critical need to invest in modern and sustainable American infrastructure.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he expects that a powerful presentation by Democratic impeachment managers during the trial of former President Donald Trump has given Republican senators a lot to think about.

"I think the Senate has a very important job to complete," Biden said. "My guess is some minds may have been changed, but I don't know."

Biden, responding to a reporter's question in the Oval Office after brief remarks on infrastructure, said he has not watched the impeachment trial of his predecessor and is instead "focused on my job."

When asked if he had seen the graphic videos shown to senators on Wednesday of the deadly riot at the Capitol last month, Biden responded that he was working "to deal with the promises I made," adding "we all know we have to move on."


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Biden said he did not watch any of the hearing live but, like many Americans, saw news coverage because he was working "straight through last night until a little after nine."

He also watched some coverage Thursday morning.

On the second day of former President Donald Trump's second impeachment hearing, House impeachment managers provided a detailed timeline of the riots, including previously unreleased footage of the violence that unfolded at the Capitol following a speech by Trump in which he told his supporters to go to the Capitol to "fight like hell" and "stop the steal."

While Democrats are looking to link Trump's own words to the incitement of the riot, Trump's lawyers, and many Republicans, argue that his words should not be taken literally.

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