By the Numbers: Witnesses in impeachment trials

A look at how many witnesses have testified in past impeachment trials, and how a 9/11-style commission may bring new witness testimony on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
1:43 | 02/16/21

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The senate acquittal of former president trump this weekend certainly came when a bit of last minute drama over whether to include the in your view of witnesses before an agreement was struck to proceed without any witnesses before the final vote. History of witnesses as part of been changed in trials will take a look by the numbers 41 witnesses testified in open session in the 1868 senate impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. When Johnson was acquitted after closed deliberations and a vote on only three of the eleven articles of impeachment that he faced. One vote shy of the needed two thirds majority to oust him from office. Just three witnesses testified in the 1999 senate impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. But the sworn testimony do very little to change the outcome of the trial with Clinton acquitted on both articles that he faced. And zero witnesses testified in the two senate impeachment trials a Donald Trump's face in the past year with democratic house managers are unable to get the senate to agree to testimony. But what this is related to the capitol attack may still end up testifying in the form of a nine elevenths style commission after speaker Pelosi announced today. The house who worked to establish an outside independent investigation. And report on the facts and causes in the January 6 attack. The bipartisan ten member. 9/11 commission conducted twelve public hearings and dozens of witnesses interviewed between. 2003 in 2004 to investigate the causes and responses. To the 2001 attacks. The commission staff also conducted more than 12100 fact finding interviews. Released to the public in July 2004. The commission's final report stranded 585. Pages. For the book form of the report immediately becoming a best selling.

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