WASHINGTON — In the country’s fourth presidential impeachment trial, Texans were involved in nearly every angle this week as House Democrats pressed their prosecutorial case that President Donald Trump incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
There were Texans among the de facto witnesses, prosecutors and jurors over the last two days of this trial in the U.S. Senate chamber, which also served as the scene of the crime a little over a month ago. One Texan, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, appears to have helped out with the defense, according to CNN.
There was also U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat, at the dais arguing why Trump ought to be convicted and forever banned from holding office again. And there were two deeply skeptical Texas jurors in the form of U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Cruz.
"We were discussing their legal strategy and sharing our thoughts," Cruz said, when asked by CNN whether it was appropriate for him to consult with Trump's lawyers while also serving as a juror.
And, surprisingly, Texans back home surfaced in video footage to unintentionally help House Democrats make their case.
The last two days of arguments involved a series of presentations from House Democratic members who served as prosecutors, or more formally known as “impeachment managers.” Trump’s own defense attorneys will present his case to the Senate on Friday.
On Wednesday, impeachment manager and U.S. House Delegate Stacey Plaskett, the non-voting representative of the Virgin Islands, referenced an October incident involving a caravan of vehicles flying the Trump flag that sought to run a Biden-Harris campaign bus off of Interstate-35 between San Antonio and Austin. She presented video of the incident and then followed up with a series of Trump public comments that joked about and endorsed the behavior.
“He made light of it,” she said. “This was not a joke.”