Ted Cruz Predicts Acquittal of Donald Trump Despite GOP Praise for House Managers

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said there is "no chance whatsoever" former President Donald Trump will be convicted at his Senate trial—despite GOP lawmakers praising the House impeachment managers.

The managers finished their two-day presentation on Thursday, outlining legal arguments and showing footage from the Capitol attack on January 6.

Trump's defense team is to lay out further arguments on Friday.

"The end result of this trial is obvious to every single person in the room. President Trump is going to be acquitted," Cruz said on Fox News.

"In order for President Trump to be convicted it takes 67 votes. There is no chance whatsoever there will be 67 votes to convict him."

He added: "There shouldn't be the votes to convict him. For one simple reason. The House managers, they have not proven their case."

The Texas senator said the House managers had not come "remotely close" to demonstrating that Trump's conduct on January 6 constituted incitement.

He said the attack on the Capitol was "despicable" and the managers had highlighted that. "But what they haven't been able to prove is that President Trump's speech on that day was the cause, the legal cause for it, such that it would constitute incitement."

Cruz has previously said the trial is "not going to succeed" and branded it "political theater."

His comments come despite some Republican lawmakers praising the House managers' performance.

The Democrat House Managers have not proven their case. 
Trump will be acquitted. pic.twitter.com/wJZcxJ393U

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) February 12, 2021

Some of those who did so, however, also mentioned the Republican argument that the trial is unconstitutional.

"I think they did a good job. I don't believe the facts are largely in dispute about what happened that day or the nature of what happened," said Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, according to The Hill.

However, Rubio added that he does not believe it is appropriate to hold an impeachment trial for someone no longer in office and thinks it sets a "very dangerous precedent."

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said he thought the impeachment managers had done "very well," according to The Hill.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told reporters after the first day of the Democrats' presentation that it had been "compelling," while Sen. John Thune (R-SD) described it as "very effective," CNBC reported.

Trump's defense team, meanwhile, has came under scrutiny for its performance on the first day of the trial, with the former president himself reportedly frustrated by their opening comments.

To reach the 67 votes needed to convict Trump, 17 GOP senators would have to switch sides. Earlier votes on the constitutionality of the trial have made this appear unlikely.

Newsweek has contacted the lawmakers mentioned for comment.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters on his way to the U.S. Capitol for the third day of Donald Trump's impeachment trial on February 11. He has said he believes the former president will be acquitted. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images