The mood inside the West Wing after impeachment

Jon Karl, Cecilia Vega and Dan Abrams discuss how President Donald Trump’s team is reacting to news of his impeachment and the next steps for the Senate trial.
4:54 | 01/14/21

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ING 0, Mary, thanks very much. Let's bring in Jon Karl and Cecilia Vega. Let me begin with you. The president hunkered down watching television finally putting out that video where he spoke about the violence. Reporter: Yeah, he did. We heard Mary say there it's among his most forceful condemn nations yet. He said mob violence goes against everything he believes, but you heard Mary say he took no personal responsibility for his role in the insurrection. The video came out a week after the insurrection. The insurrection that, of course, he incited. And he does not do anything to talk about the impeachment at so also I'm told this video came after his legal team had brought up the possibility that he could be facing some legal jeopardy for his role in that insurrection. So what's next? I'm told there have been conversations among the small group of aides and allies that remain around him right now about what he could be doing next step, his option going forward H it comes to resignation the president asked questions of this group about resignations but ultimately he decided this was a nonstarter and I'm told it's because he doesn't trust Mike pence would actually pardon him and asked about the possibility of him showing up in person to testify in this senate hearing. Aides talked him out of that and told Rudy Giuliani has been seen around the west wing a lot and he will take the lead in that legal defense. Give everybody a sense of how strange things are inside the white house now. Reporter: Oh, George, it's beyond strange. The president is furious. He watched TV yesterday. He was livid and feels like he's being betrayed by ail lies like Kevin Mccarthy. Cabinet members quit. He's so miserable I'm told people who are left in the west wing are doing everything they can to stay away from him and the oval office and don't want to have face-to-face contact. One of the reasons he's mad that speech by Kevin Mccarthy, the house Republican leader against impeachment but tough on the president, even more troubling that position of Mitch Mcconnell. Reporter: Yeah, and take Mccarthy, first. This was a significant moment for Donald Trump and really a sign of his isolation. Kevin Mccarthy is somebody who has been incredibly close to Donald Trump. They speak virtually every day. That's gone. Mccarthy bluntly saying that Donald Trump bears responsibility for that riot calling on him to publicly acknowledge that he bears responsibility for that riot. A very strong speech from Mccarthy and then you have Mcconnell coming out, not ruling out impeachment and, George, conviction on impeachment, if Mcconnell takes that step and Mcconnell would actually go forward and vote to convict Donald Trump, I think there is a very real possibility that you would get 67 votes overall in the senate to actually convict him by that two-thirds majority. It will depend on what other news comes out. To reflect on Donald Trump and the Republican party at this point, they've lost control of the house and of the senate. Deep divisions right now. Reporter: Incredibly deep look at Liz Cheney who came out and said that Donald Trump's betrayal of the constitution was greater than any other president ever. Liz Cheney immediately started to face blowback and you saw more Republicans criticize Liz Cheney and even call for her to be purged from Republican leadership in the house than you saw vote for Donald Trump's performed. A real sign of how deep that division is among Republicans. Thanks. Let's bring in chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and give everybody a sense of what a defense of Donald Trump might look like in that senate trial. Seemed more than anything a due process defense. You can't have a snap impeachment this quickly. You will hear snap performed without due process. You'll hear can't convict after he's left office and you're going to hear doesn't rise to the level of incitement of insurrection as defined by federal law. Of course, you'll hear Democrats respond to that saying he absolutely can be tried after he leaves and you don't have to abide by the specific words of the federal law. They'll look more broadly, everything that has happened since the election day. And the Democrats, what you heard from them yesterday clear and present danger. That's what they believe Donald Trump is even though he only has six days left in office and that they really had no choice given the severity of what happened last week. Yeah, that's their position and I think it is going to be very important what happens in this next six days. When you ask the question can he get convicted? Will those Republicans actually do it? I think in part it's going to depend on what happens. If he engages in self-pardons and tries to pardon sort of random people who didn't deserve it, et cetera, I think all of that while not specifically relevant to the impeachment could become relevant in the determination which is ultimately a political one. Thanks very much.

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