What to Watch For in the Impeachment Trial on Saturday

The Senate is expected to plunge into the final hours of impeachment proceedings on Saturday after an exceptionally rapid trial that, if concluded later in the day, will have played out over just five days.

After Democratic House impeachment managers laid out their case earlier in the week, lawyers representing former President Donald J. Trump finished their presentation on Friday in slightly more than three hours, using less than a quarter of the 16 hours available to them.

Mr. Trump’s legal team offered a whirlwind defense, looking to dismiss the case against the former president while repeating a litany of complaints Mr. Trump himself has often made about his Democratic opponents and the news media, many of which were misleading or false.

The prosecution and the defense then fielded 28 questions from senators.

With the bulk of the trial complete, House managers and Mr. Trump’s lawyers will each have up to two hours to make their closing arguments on Saturday. Senators could move to hold an up-or-down vote on whether to convict the former president almost immediately after, though a few procedural surprises are still possible.

The Senate is set to reconvene at 10 a.m.

What surprises might remain?

There is still a remote possibility that House managers could request a debate and vote to call witnesses before closing arguments begin.

On Friday, Mr. Trump’s lawyers repeatedly derided the Democrats’ case as a “snap impeachment,” criticizing lawmakers for not conducting a more complete investigation of what happened on Jan. 6 and Mr. Trump’s actions in the moments before and during the riot.

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