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Democrats tried for two days to convince at least 17 Republicans to vote to convict former President Trump of inciting an insurrection. Nancy Cordes has more on whether their argument was enough to persuade their GOP colleagues.

Video Transcript

NORAH O'DONNELL: CBS's Nancy Cordes. And Nancy, those impeachment managers branded the former President as a clear and present danger to American democracy. I guess the question is, did they make their case and were they able to convince 17 Republican senators?

NANCY CORDES: Norah, I think it was enough to convince some of them, but based on what we're hearing from Republicans after this trial broke up for the day, 17 is going to be pretty difficult. Marco Rubio of Florida said, "Impeachment is inappropriate because President Trump is a private citizen now." Roy Blunt of Missouri said that his view is unchanged.

John Cornyn of Texas told reporters, "I have concerns about impeaching a former office holder." These are the kinds of Republicans who would need to be on board in order to get a 2/3 vote to convict. That's a vote that would be highly unpopular with their base, and at this point at least, it appears they're leaning against it, Norah.

NORAH O'DONNELL: And looking ahead to tomorrow, the President's legal team making their case to acquit the former President, what can we expect from them?

NANCY CORDES: They're going to argue that the President did explicitly at one point tell that crowd on January 6th to be peaceful. They say that's being overlooked. They're also going to argue that the other words he used, like fight, have been used by plenty of Democratic luminaries in the past, including the current Vice President. So, they'll play video of that. They're going to argue that this process has been rushed and unfair to Mr. Trump, while at the same time, they're going to argue it's too late to impeach him because he's now out of office.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Nancy Cordes, thank you.