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    CNN analyst John Avlon made the case Monday that former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers could face “recourse” for the “lies” they told during the Senate impeachment trial. In an appearance on “New Day” Avlon gave a recap of the Senate’s verdict as well as a scathing review of the defense team’s arguments. “The velocity of lies from Trump’s lawyers was stunning even by recent standards. To be fair, they didn’t have a lot to work with. They only used two and a half hours of the 16 they had been allotted, and they spent fully one-quarter of it on video. Mostly whataboutism mash-ups designed to deflect on Democrats. The remainder of their statements, though, required a boatload of fact checks,” Avlon began. “There were a litany of easily disproven lies, like saying there was no evidence the 2016 election was hacked, repetitions of Trump’s false claims of...
    CNN’s John Avlon went calmly and dispassionately listed many of the lies Donald Trump’s legal team pushed throughout his impeachment trial, which he followed with the serious consequences they may face for advancing them. In a “Reality Check” segment on Monday, Avlon echoed the words of ABC’s Jon Karl by acknowledging Trump might be acquitted for incitement of insurrection, “but he was not vindicated.” Avlon focused primarily on the statements from Trump’s lawyers, noting that many of their trial arguments amounted to “whataboutism,” “flat-out falsehoods,” and “surreal whoppers.” “There were a litany of easily disproven lies,” Avlon said before listing several of them. He decided that “perhaps the most egregious lie” was when Trump attorney Michael van Der Veen claimed that the former president didn’t know Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of Congress were in danger as Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol in their violent attempt to overturn...
    Lawmakers at the topsy-turvy impeachment trial have been waiting for the other shoe to drop — and sometimes it doesn’t quite match. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) noticed one of her flats was black, and the other gold, during an early-morning wardrobe malfunction. “Think I had a lot on my mind this morning,” she tweeted Saturday morning alongside a photo of her mismatched feet. Minutes earlier, Smith fired off a Tweet denouncing former President Trump’s lawyers over their arguments Friday. “It’s taken me a full night to get over the ridiculous display put on by Trump lawyers in the impeachment trial yesterday. It felt like high school, and I’m not talking civics class,” she wrote.
    More On: Trump impeachment trial Trump lawyer ‘Philly-delphia’ threat sparks laughter, rebuke in Senate Here’s who could be called to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial Senate Democrats call for 11th-hour witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Mitch McConnell tells fellow GOP senators he will vote to acquit Trump Lawmakers at the topsy-turvy impeachment trial have been waiting for the other shoe to drop — and sometimes it doesn’t quite match. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.) noticed one of her flats was black, and the other gold, during an early-morning wardrobe malfunction. “Think I had a lot on my mind this morning,” she tweeted Saturday morning alongside a photo of her mismatched feet. Minutes earlier, Smith fired off a Tweet denouncing former President Trump’s lawyers over their arguments Friday. “It’s taken me a full night to get over the ridiculous display put on by Trump lawyers in the impeachment trial yesterday....
    Sources close to ex-President Donald Trump are in a panic over the last-minute addition of witnesses to the Senate impeachment trial, according to ABC News. On Saturday morning, House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin made a surprise request to call witnesses in the wake of bombshell reporting that confirmed the content of a call between McCarthy and Trump in which the then-president not only refused to call off the rioters, but sided with them over the GOP leader. That dramatic motion passed when five Republicans joined Democrats in voting to hear witnesses, which figures to prolong a trial that was expected to end today. According to reporting by ABC News, the twist has Trump’s circle in a panic because his lawyers were only expected to hang in there through Saturday. “Sources close to president Trump are floored by what just happened,” Cecilia Vega wrote on Twitter. “Stunned/Stupefied/Total panic over who...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted Saturday morning to subpoena witnesses in the impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump. Five Republican senators voted with all 50 Democrats to hear testimony from witnesses.  The vote was a somewhat surprising development, as the Senate was expected to hear closing arguments from each side, and possibly hold a vote later Saturday to acquit or convict Trump, bringing an end to the trial that began Tuesday.  The move to call witnesses means the trial will continue at least into next week. Congressman Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, announced that he wanted to subpoena Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state.   Beutler issued a statement Friday night that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told her Trump had expressed sympathy and admiration for the mob during a heated phone call between the two amid the unfolding attack on the Capitol....
    (CNN)Lucky because if he gets acquitted again and avoids disqualification from future office in his second impeachment trial -- which is entirely possible, if not likely -- he will manage to avoid any sanction from the Senate despite having received lousy representation from his lawyers throughout the process. Elliot WilliamsTo be clear, 45 US senators -- far more than needed to sink a conviction -- were already on the record opposing the constitutionality of the trial even before it started. His lawyers very intelligently used only a handful of the 16 hours they had been allotted for their arguments in the case, as every word they uttered would have risked their stepping in it and alienating those senators on their side.Still, the very little time Trump's lawyers spent speaking didn't do their client any favor. The trouble started Tuesday with Trump's attorney Bruce Castor's opening arguments, a meandering mess that...
    The Senate on Saturday is expected to conclude former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial with a vote to acquit him on the charge that he incited an insurrection that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Senators will convene in the chamber for a fifth and likely final day of the trial with up to four hours of deliberation on the case that was presented this week by nine House impeachment managers and rebutted by a team of Trump’s defense lawyers. Unless lawmakers decide to call witnesses, which appears unlikely, they will vote on whether to convict the former president on the one impeachment charge. Conviction would require 67 votes, including at least 17 Republicans, and party lawmakers say it’s unlikely more than a handful will join the Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, told fellow members of his party in a letter that...
    More On: Trump impeachment trial Trump impeachment vote, acquittal, expected today Trump impeachment defense says ‘reportedly’ is not evidence of anything Trump lawyers point to Democratic violence at ‘sham’ impeachment trial Trump’s legal team presents opening arguments at impeachment trial Closing arguments at former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial got underway Saturday morning — with each side granted two hours to make their final case to the US Senate before an expected vote on the verdict later in the day. But Day 5 of the shorter-than-anticipated proceeding is likely to race toward its conclusion, with Trump lawyer Bruce Castor saying on Friday that the defense summation was already “roughed out” and would only take “about an hour.” The unprecedented trial is widely anticipated to result in an acquittal after several Republican senators said the two-day presentation by Democratic impeachment managers from the House of Representatives had failed to...
    The former Republican president is accused of “incitement to insurrection” for the seizure of the Capitol by his supporters on January 6. US Senators vote Trump impeachment is constitutional But, according to the lawyer, the summons had to be a peaceful act. “Make no mistake about it, the vast majority of those who participated were peaceful,” Van Der Veen said. The lawyer noted that “like other politically motivated witch hunts that the left has undertaken in recent years, this impeachment is absolutely divorced from the facts.” “The Senate should vote quickly and decisively to reject it,” urged the defense. Other of Trump’s lawyers David Schoen had advanced that the defense team would take “three or four hours” on Friday to present their arguments against the conviction for inciting the January 6 riots, which caused the death of five people, including a policeman. In total,...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate is back in session Saturday morning as a court of impeachment for former President Donald Trump. Neither the House managers nor lawyers for Trump have announced any plans to call witnesses, which means the two sides will likely make their final arguments Saturday. A final vote in the case would soon follow. On Friday, Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their defense of the former U.S. leader, denying he helped incite a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Trump’s lawyers described the trial as a politically inspired and illegal “witch hunt.” “Like every other politically motivated witch hunt the left has engaged in over the past four years, this impeachment is completely divorced from the facts, the evidence and the interests of the American people,” said Trump attorney Michael van der Veen. Trump’s lawyers presented their case in three hours Friday, choosing...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of “hatred” against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial. The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to “fight like hell” at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played a montage of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to “fight,” aiming to establish a parallel with Trump’s overheated rhetoric. “This is ordinary political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of years,” declared Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen. “Countless...
    Donald Trump’s lawyers for his second impeachment trial on Friday accused Democrats of waging a “hate” campaign against the former president, in a hasty defense of the former president’s actions and words prior to the Jan.6 invasion of the Capitol that precipitates the Senate towards a final vote on this historic process. The defense team strongly rejected that Trump had incited the deadly rebellion, saying that urging his supporters to “fight hard” during the pre-event rally was routine political speech. The defense presented a montage of videos out of context in which Democratic politicians are seen, some of them today senators who serve as jurors, who also exhort their supporters to “fight”, in order to create a parallel with the speech excessively Trump ignition. “This is ordinary political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of...
    By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of “hatred” against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial. The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to “fight like hell” at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played a montage of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to “fight,” aiming to establish a parallel with Trump’s overheated rhetoric. “This is ordinary political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of...
    WASHINGTON - Following two blistering days of arguments by the House Democratic managers that former President Donald Trump instigated a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 and continues to pose a clear and present danger to democracy, the Trump defense team on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the impeachment trial, slamming it as “an act of political vengeance” driven by the Democrats’ anti-Trump animus. “It’s about Democrats trying to disqualify their political opposition,” Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen told senators. “It is constitutional cancel culture.” The question of whether the Senate can try to convict a former president has been debated ever since the House of Representatives impeached Trump last month, making him the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. Under the Constitution, conviction results in removal and disqualification from holding federal office in the future. On the opening day of the trial Tuesday,...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes dissected the “blustering” and “lying” from Donald Trump’s defense after the fourth day of his Senate impeachment trial for inciting the Capitol insurrection. During his opening segment on Friday night, Hayes broke down the Trump lawyers’ strategy and tactics, likening the team’s “performative umbrage” to a rant from the network with Trump’s favorite cable TV prime time lineup. “Despite being allotted 16 hours over two days to lay out their case, Trump’s defense team used a little over three hours, the entirety of which was performative umbrage right out of a Fox News monologue,” Hayes said. “Blustering about Trump’s commitment to law and order and in some cases outright lying about the House Impeachment Managers’ case.” Hayes then played a clip of Trump attorney David Schoen claiming that House Democrats ambushed them by playing never-before-seen video during their prosecution against Trump. “Well, that would be quite a claim if it were true,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 8 p.m. Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama is standing by his account that he told then-President Donald Trump that Vice President Mike Pence was being evacuated from the Senate during the Capitol riot. The conversation is of interest to Democrats because Trump sent a tweet at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 6 saying that Pence didn’t have “the courage” to challenge the election results. If Tuberville’s account is correct, then Trump would likely have known before sending the tweet that Pence had been evacuated and was in danger. At the time, the insurrectionists had already broken into the Capitol, some of them calling for Pence’s death. Tuberville recounted the phone conversation to reporters on Friday, saying, “I said, ‘Mr. President, they’ve taken the vice president out. They want me to get off the...
    By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — After unexpected video appearances by Madonna and Johnny Depp, all that seems missing from former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is someone trying out a new dance routine. Trump's lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery to complain about manipulated video. The approach seemed the ultimate end of a proceeding where the use of media by both sides to make their arguments — sometimes chaotically, sometimes effectively — took center stage. It was very 2021. Or, perhaps, 2011. The Trump team's presentations owed an obvious debt to the creative use of video from the heyday of “The Daily Show” and other late-night comedies. They were seemingly created by someone who searched for phrases such as “fight like hell” and “throw a punch” and spliced together all the examples they could...
    NEW YORK (AP) — After unexpected video appearances by Madonna and Johnny Depp, all that seems missing from former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is someone trying out a new dance routine. Trump’s lawyers fully embraced a TikTok defense on Friday, using manipulated video and relying on rapid-fire, repetitive imagery to complain about manipulated video. The approach seemed the ultimate end of a proceeding where the use of media by both sides to make their arguments — sometimes chaotically, sometimes effectively — took center stage. It was very 2021. Or, perhaps, 2011. The Trump team’s presentations owed an obvious debt to the creative use of video from the heyday of “The Daily Show” and other late-night comedies. They were seemingly created by someone who searched for phrases such as “fight like hell” and “throw a punch” and spliced together all the examples they could find, mostly from Democratic politicians. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 7:05 p.m. The Senate has voted to give the Congressional Gold Medal to Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who led a violent mob away from the Senate doors on Jan. 6 as they hunted for lawmakers during the presidential electoral count. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called the vote at the end of the day’s impeachment proceedings, noting Goodman’s “foresight in the midst of chaos, and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob’s rage so that others might reach safety.” The Senate voted to award Goodman the medal — the highest honor Congress can bestow — by unanimous consent, meaning there were no objections. Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation. He put...
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of "hatred" against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial.The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to "fight like hell" at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played dozens of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to "fight," aiming to establish a parallel with Trump's overheated rhetoric."This is ordinarily political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of years," declared Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen. "Countless politicians have spoken of...
    WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of "hatred" against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial.The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to "fight like hell" at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played dozens of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to "fight," aiming to establish a parallel with Trump's overheated rhetoric."This is ordinarily political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of years," declared Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen. "Countless politicians have spoken of...
    Michael van der Veen, one of the attorneys defending former President Donald Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, accused House impeachment managers Friday of attempting to intimidate Trump’s lawyers. Van der Veen noted that lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) had introduced a letter from 140 law professors who claimed that Trump’s First Amendment defense was not only wrong, but “frivolous.” That, he said, had specific consequences: The House managers have made several references to this letter, signed by 140 partisan law professors, calling Mr. Trump‘s First Amendment defense legally frivolous. This is really an outrageous attempt to intimidate Mr. Trump’s lawyers. Whenever a lawyer advances a truly frivolous argument, they may violate professional ethical rules and could be subject to discipline. This letter is a direct threat to my law license, my career, and my family’s financial well-being. These law professors should be ashamed of themselves, and so should the House managers. How dare you?  Do you really hate Donald Trump so...
    By Eric Tucker, Lisa Mascaro and Mary Clare Jalonick | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of “hatred” against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial. The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to “fight like hell” at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played dozens of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to “fight,” aiming to establish a parallel with Trump’s overheated rhetoric. “This is ordinarily political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds...
    During the fourth day of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, attorneys for the former president went on the offensive by playing clips of Madonna, Johnny Depp, and several prominent Democrats including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promoting physical violence. David Schoen, one of the attorneys representing Trump, introduced the montage during the Senate trial Friday. He said that some of the Democrats accusing Trump of inciting violence are hypocrites. “We need to show you some of their own words,” he said. The video included a clip of Madonna giving a speech at the Women’s March on Washington in 2017, during which she said, “I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” In another clip, Johnny Depp pondered out loud, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp made the comment during an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England in 2017. Watch below: Schoen’s montage...
    WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Donald Trump defended him against impeachment Friday by accusing Democrats of waging a campaign of "hatred" against the former president and manipulating his words in the lead-up to the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. Their presentation included a blizzard of their own selectively edited fiery comments from Democrats.The Trump legal team characterized the impeachment case as a politically motivated "witch hunt" - an outgrowth, they said, of years of efforts to drive him from office - and they sought to reduce the case to Trump's use of a single word, "fight," in a speech preceding the Jan. 6 riot. They played dozens of clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, using the same word to energize supporters in speeches railing against Trump."You didn't do anything wrong" in using the word, Trump attorney David Schoen told the senators. "But, please, stop the...
    By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers accused Democrats of waging a campaign of “hatred” against the former president as they sped through their defense of his actions and fiery words before the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, hurtling the Senate toward a final vote in his historic trial. The defense team vigorously denied on Friday that Trump had incited the deadly riot and said his encouragement of followers to “fight like hell” at a rally that preceded it was routine political speech. They played dozens of out-of-context clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, also telling supporters to “fight,” aiming to establish a parallel with Trump’s overheated rhetoric. “This is ordinarily political rhetoric that is virtually indistinguishable from the language that has been used by people across the political spectrum for hundreds of years,”...
    House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin said Friday during the Donald Trump impeachment trial that the former president’s lawyers should let him testify if they want to clear up some lingering questions. Some of the responses the Trump lawyers gave Friday were to say the Democrats rushed the process without getting all the facts — something they even said when directly confronted on the former president’s actions during the riot. Raskin said Friday in response, “The counsel for the president keep blaming the House for not having the evidence that’s within the sole possession of their client, who we invited to come and testify last week.” House impeachment managers sent a request for Trump to testify. The Trump team rejected it and called it a publicity stunt. “Rather than yelling at us, and screaming about how we didn’t have time to get all of the facts about what your client did,...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's lawyers mounted an aggressive defense Friday in Trump's second impeachment trial -- and made multiple false and misleading claims to bolster their case. Arguing that Trump did nothing to incite the insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, the lawyers distorted the facts about both what happened that day and what happened in the past. Here is a fact check of some of their claims: Defense team misleadingly omits Trump remarks defending violence Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen highlighted comments from Democrats that he suggested had promoted or defended violence. Trump, he argued, is different than these Democrats. Read More"Contrast the President's repeated condemnations of violence with the rhetoric from his opponents," van der Veen said. He then played a video that juxtaposed clips of Trump condemning violence, and calling himself an "ally of all peaceful protesters," with some selectively edited clips of Democrats....
    Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-VI) pivoted off of a question about the message the Senate would send by acquitting former President Donald Trump to call out the not-so-subtle focus on Black women marching and protesting in his defense counsel’s video evidence. During the fourth day of Trump’s impeachment trial, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked about a past example of Congress impeaching and convicting a former Secretary of War who had already left office.  Plaskett, the lone non-voting delegate from the territory U.S. Virgin Islands, addressed the Minnesota Democrat’s point, but then spent the latter half of her allotted five minutes to discuss her own personal response to the impeachment defense, which she implied was trafficking in the “angry Black women” stereotype. “Let me also bring something else up,” Plaskett said. “I’ll briefly say that defense counsel put a lot of videos out in their defense, playing clip after clip of Black women talking about fighting for...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 5:40 p.m. The lead House prosecutor in Donald Trump’s impeachment trial appears to have had enough of the defense argument that the former president wasn’t responsible for inciting the deadly Capitol siege. “Get real,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland. The defense lawyers have been arguing that Trump didn’t mean it when he told a rally to go to Congress and “fight like hell” for his presidency as lawmakers were certifying Joe Biden’s election. “How gullible do you think we are?” Raskin said Friday. “We saw this happen.” The defense has tried to compare his words to those used by other Democratic politicians fighting for health care or other priorities. The argument is drawing eyerolls from the senators on the Democratic side of the aisle. Senators are posing questions to the lawyer as...
    Reuters February 12, 2021 0 Comments Donald Trump’s lawyers on Friday said Democrats had provided no evidence the former president incited last month’s deadly U.S. Capitol riot and had used his second impeachment trial to settle political scores. Trump is on trial in the U.S. Senate on a charge of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection by his supporters who stormed the seat of Congress in Washington to stop lawmakers from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory, resulting in the deaths of five people including a police officer. Trump’s lawyers argued that his remarks, including a fiery speech that day urging supporters to “fight like hell” to stop the election certification, were protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which ensures the right to free speech. “This trial is about far more than President Trump. It is about silencing and banning the speech the majority does not...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE's defense team on Friday denied that Trump knew his then-vice president, Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats Impeachment managers wrap case with new warning on Trump Democrats argue Trump will incite violence again MORE, was in danger during the Capitol attack on Jan. 6."The answer is no," Michael van der Veen said flatly on the Senate floor. "At no point was the president informed the vice president was in any danger." The remarks came in response to a question from two Republican senators, Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats FBI asks for help in identifying rioter...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 5 p.m. A House impeachment manager says she questions why lawyers for former President Donald Trump played multiple video clips of people of color or women talking about fighting in a political context. Del. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands told senators Friday that she noted a particular focus in the lawyers’ presentation on “Black women like myself who are sick and tired of being sick and tired for our children, your children, our children.” Trump’s lawyers have argued that his words exhorting his supporters to fight the election are protected by the First Amendment. They repeatedly showed clips on Friday of Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who is Black. Democratic impeachment managers say Trump’s Jan. 6 speech was the culmination of a monthslong campaign to sow doubt about his election loss...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Senators are submitting written questions to the prosecution and the defense in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. One of the first questions came from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have been critical of Trump’s actions. They asked Trump’s lawyers to lay out in detail what Trump did to stop the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and when Trump first learned the building had been breached. Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen did not answer directly, instead accusing Democrats of denying Trump due process during the impeachment process. “The House managers did zero investigation and the American people deserve a lot better than that,” he said. Trump’s defense wrapped up their opening arguments earlier Friday, telling senators the impeachment...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Senators are submitting written questions to the prosecution and the defense in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. One of the first questions came from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who have been critical of Trump’s actions. They asked Trump’s lawyers to lay out in detail what Trump did to stop the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and when Trump first learned the building had been breached. Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen did not answer directly, instead accusing Democrats of denying Trump due process during the impeachment process. “The House managers did zero investigation and the American people deserve a lot better than that,” he said. Trump’s defense wrapped up their opening arguments earlier Friday, telling senators the impeachment...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE’s legal team closed their defense in the impeachment trial after speaking for less than four hours on Friday, accusing Democrats and the news media of a double-standard. The lawyers said Democrats had themselves used violent rhetoric about the social justice protesters, contested Trump’s Electoral College victory, and questioned the outcome of past elections. They repeatedly aired footage of the GOP’s biggest antagonists, including 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - New video of riot unnerves many senators Hillary Clinton: Trump acquittal 'will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators' MORE, Senate...
    (CNN)After two days of House impeachment managers making their case for the conviction of Donald Trump on a charge of incitement, the former President's legal team got its chance on Friday.The core of the Trump team's defense was that his words at the January 6 "Stop the Steal" rally were just that: words. And that those words were far from an incitement that led to the violent insurrection at the Capitol. I watched the proceedings -- and took notes on what mattered most. My takeaways are below (and be sure to check out my takeaways from Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3). 1. Words matter. Except when they don't: Trump's lawyers tried to make two diametrically opposed arguments to dispel the idea that the former President was culpable for the January 6 Capitol riot. On the one hand, Trump attorney Michael van der Veen suggested that the President using...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The defense attorneys for Donald Trump have wrapped up their presentation in the former president’s impeachment trial. Lawyers argued for three hours Friday that Trump didn’t incite the Jan. 6 rally crowd to riot at the U.S. Capitol and that his words were merely figures of speech. They say the case against Trump was a political witch hunt by Democrats and was not valid because he is no longer in office. Their truncated defense barely used the full time allotted, 16 hours over two days. Many senators minds appear already made up. Trump is accused of incitement of insurrection in the mob siege at the Capitol. Five people died. Senators will next be able to ask the lawyers questions when the trial resumes. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The defense attorneys for Donald Trump have wrapped up their presentation in the former president’s impeachment trial. Lawyers argued for three hours Friday that Trump didn’t incite the Jan. 6 rally crowd to riot at the U.S. Capitol and that his words were merely figures of speech. They say the case against Trump was a political witch hunt by Democrats and was not valid because he is no longer in office. Their truncated defense barely used the full time allotted, 16 hours over two days. Many senators minds appear already made up. Trump is accused of incitement of insurrection in the mob siege at the Capitol. Five people died. Senators will next be able to ask the lawyers questions when the trial resumes. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT...
    Former President Trump's legal team used a spliced video montage of prominent Democrats saying "fight" taken out of context as evidence in their opening arguments on Friday of Mr. Trump's impeachment trial. The videos drew rebukes and even prompting laughter from some Senate Democrats. After accusing the House impeachment managers of using videos of Mr. Trump out of context as evidence, Trump's legal defense played the video of Democrats, including some of the 2020 presidential candidates such as Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, attempting to equate their words to Trump's rhetoric during the January 6th rally. "You didn't do anything wrong," said David Schoen, one of Trump's lawyers. "It is a word people use, but please stop the hypocrisy." Democrats did not take this line of argument seriously. Warren tweeted a video montage of her rally appearances shortly after Mr. Trump's lawyers...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 3 p.m. Democrats in the Senate chamber chuckled and whispered among themselves as Donald Trump’s defense team played videos of them saying “fight” over and over again at the former president’s impeachment trial — an effort to counter Trump’s call to his supporters to “fight like hell” before they laid siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Arguing that Trump did not incite the insurrection, as the House has charged, the lawyers played videos of Democrats saying the word “fight” without any context, calling for protests after Black men and women were killed by police officers and challenging the results of the presidential elections that Republicans won. At a break in the proceedings, Democrats said it was a distraction and a “false equivalence” with their own behavior. “Donald Trump was warned, if...
    By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump opened his impeachment defense Friday by accusing Democrats of waging a campaign of “hatred” against the former president and manipulating his words in the lead-up to the deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol. Their presentation included a blizzard of their own selectively edited fiery comments from Democrats. In hours of arguments, the Trump legal team characterized the impeachment case as a politically motivated “witch hunt” — an outgrowth, they said, of years of efforts to drive him from office — and they sought to reduce the case to Trump’s use of a single word, “fight,” in a speech preceding the Jan. 6 riot. They played dozens of clips showing Democrats, some of them senators now serving as jurors, using the same word to energize supporters in speeches railing against Trump. “You didn’t do anything...
    WASHINGTON - Lawyers for Donald Trump have begun their defense of the former U.S. president in his second impeachment trial. They argue he bears no responsibility for the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol and that it is unconstitutional to try him since he has already left office. Trump’s lawyers are appealling to Republican senators by acknowledging Democrats’ arguments that the violence that left five people dead was illegal and unacceptable, but that the former president played no part in inciting the insurrection. WATCH LIVE The attorneys previously said they would need only one day to present their client’s case before the U.S. Senate, although they are entitled to 16 hours over two days. They are mounting the former president’s defense without any testimony from Trump, who has declined to participate in Friday’s session of the trial.  The defense follows a two-day presentation by House Democrats linking Trump’s rhetoric at a rally on Jan. 6 to the actions of the mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol shortly afterward in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Donald Trump’s lawyers are arguing that his words to his supporters who attacked the U.S. Capitol – to “fight like hell” – are common political rhetoric, using a video montage to show almost every single Senate Democrat using the word “fight” in political speeches. The lengthy video featured Vice President Kamala Harris, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and countless other Democrats using the word “fight,” without context. The video also featured most of the Democratic impeachment managers who are prosecuting the case that Trump incited the violent insurrection. Once the video finished, lawyer David Schoen pointed at both the senators and the impeachment managers and told them to “stop the hypocrisy.” The Democratic prosecutors have argued that Trump’s supporters were primed for violence on Jan. 6, the...
    Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyer Michael T. van der Veen pushed the wild conspiracy theory that Antifa was responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, claiming that “a small group who came to engage in violent and menacing behavior hijacked the event for their own purposes.” “According to publicly available reporting, it apparent that extremists of various different stripes and political persuasion, preplanned and premeditated an attack on the Capitol,” he said. “One of the first people arrested was the leader of Antifa. Sadly, he was also among the first to be released.” Van der Veen is presumably referencing activist John Sullivan, who was charged with obstructing law enforcement at the Jan. 6 insurrection. Although Sullivan did organize protests against police brutality this summer, an investigation by The Grayzone labeled Sulllivan as a “notorious instigator,” adding that he was “banished” by the Black Lives Matter movement. Van der Veen also seemed...
    Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers assailed the impeachment proceedings Feb. 12, arguing that they were nothing more than a political hit. Michael van der Veen, a Philadelphia-area criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, described the Article of Impeachment for “incitement to insurrection” as “an unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance.” He said that the impeachment “only further divides our nation when we should be trying to come together over shared priorities.” Van der Veen’s first comments echoed statements he and fellow defense attorneys David Schoen and Bruce Castor made Feb. 9. Trump’s defense lawyers and House impeachment manager argued whether or not the impeachment proceedings were constitutional. Then, the Senate voted 56-44 that the proceedings were constitutional. Republican Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy changed his mind on the constitutionality from an earlier vote, telling CNN that Trump’s attorneys “did everything they could but to talk about the question...
    More On: Trump impeachment trial Trump’s legal team presents opening arguments at impeachment trial Trump impeachment trial: Day 4 schedule, time and how to watch Dems resume opening arguments on Day 3 of Trump impeachment trial Biden says he didn’t watch Trump Senate trial, monitored coverage WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers charged Democrats with launching a “blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance” as they opened their case on Day 4 of the trial Friday. Addressing the chamber, attorney Michael van der Veen played a brutal montage of Democratic lawmakers objecting to Trump’s 2016 electoral college victory and inciting their own brand of political violence. “This appalling abuse of the Constitution only further divides our nation when we should be trying to come together around shared priorities,” van der Veen said, dubbing the trial “constitutional cancel culture.” “Like every other politically motivated witch hunt the left has...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Donald Trump’s lawyers have opened their arguments in the former president’s impeachment trial with a direct attack on Democrats. Arguing that Trump did not incite the Jan. 6 insurrection of his supporters at the U.S. Capitol, lawyer Michael van der Veen said that the trial is “constitutional cancel culture” by Democrats trying to retain power. He played a video of Democrats calling for protests after Black men and women were killed by police officers and objecting to Trump’s election in 2017. Trump’s supporters violently attacked the Capitol last month after he falsely claimed the presidential election was stolen from him for months and then told them to “fight like hell” as Congress counted the votes. The lawyers are arguing that the trial is unconstitutional, that Trump is protected by freedom of...
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    WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for Donald Trump opened his impeachment defense Friday by strenuously denying he played any role in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, blasting the case against him as political vengeance and part of a yearslong Democratic "witch hunt."An attorney for the former president told senators that Trump was entitled to dispute the 2020 election results and that his doing so, including in a speech that preceded the assault on the Capitol, did not amount to inciting the violence that followed."Nothing in the text could ever be construed as encouraging, condoning or enticing unlawful activity," said Michael van der Veen, one of Trump's attorneys.After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, the impeachment trial shifted to defense lawyers who were prepared to make a fundamental concession: The violence was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say - but...
    By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Donald Trump opened his impeachment defense Friday by strenuously denying he played any role in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, blasting the case against him as political vengeance and part of a yearslong Democratic “witch hunt.” An attorney for the former president told senators that Trump was entitled to dispute the 2020 election results and that his doing so, including in a speech that preceded the assault on the Capitol, did not amount to inciting the violence that followed. “Nothing in the text could ever be construed as encouraging, condoning or enticing unlawful activity,” said Michael van der Veen, one of Trump’s attorneys. After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, the impeachment trial shifted to defense lawyers who were prepared to make a fundamental concession:...
    WASHINGTON -- After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump's impeachment trial shifts on Friday to defense lawyers prepared to make a fundamental concession: The violence was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say.But, they will say, Trump did not order it.Acknowledging the horrors of the January day is meant to blunt the visceral impact of the House Democrats' case and quickly pivot to what Trump's defenders see as the core - and more winnable - issue of the trial: Whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot.The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who want to be seen as condemning the violence but without convicting the president.EMBED More News Videos Democrats rested their case against Donald Trump after two days of presenting evidence they say shows he incited the Jan. 6 riot...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Defense lawyers have begun their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump as the case speeds to an expected conclusion this weekend. The Trump legal team is expected to argue that the former president did not incite the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and that his speech was protected by the First Amendment. The lawyers have also raised questions about the trial’s constitutionality because Trump is no longer in office. Trump’s lawyers are not expected to use anywhere close to their allotted time and will wrap up their arguments later Friday. After that, senators who are serving as jurors will have an opportunity to ask questions of lawyers for both sides, followed by closing arguments. The case is likely to conclude as soon as Saturday. ___ HERE’S...
    WASHINGTON - Lawyers for former U.S. President Donald Trump say they only need one day to present their client’s case in his impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate. Trump’s lawyers are mounting the former president’s defense Friday without any testimony from the former president, who has declined to participate in the trial. WATCH LIVE The defense follows a two-day presentation by House Democrats linking Trump’s rhetoric at a rally on Jan. 6 to the actions of the mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol shortly afterward in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. In an unusual move Thursday, three Republican Senators -- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah -- who are jurors in the trial, met with Trump’s lawyers. CNN reported that David Schoen, one of Trump’s lawyers, said the lawmakers wanted to ensure...
    WASHINGTON -- After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump's impeachment trial shifts on Friday to defense lawyers prepared to make a fundamental concession: The violence was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say.But, they will say, Trump had nothing to do with it.Stipulating to the horrors of the day is meant to blunt the visceral impact of the House Democrats' case and quickly pivot to what they see as the core - and more winnable - issue of the trial: whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot.EMBED More News Videos Democrats rested their case against Donald Trump after two days of presenting evidence they say shows he incited the Jan. 6 riot and insurrection at the US Capitol. The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who themselves want to be seen...
    By ERIC TUCKER, LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON (AP) — After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial shifts on Friday to defense lawyers prepared to make a fundamental concession: The violence was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say. But, they will say, Trump did not order it. Acknowledging the horrors of the January day is meant to blunt the visceral impact of the House Democrats’ case and quickly pivot to what Trump’s defenders see as the core — and more winnable — issue of the trial: Whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot. The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who want to be seen as condemning the violence but without convicting the president. “They haven’t in any way tied it to Trump,” David...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE's defense team will be center stage on Friday as the Senate impeachment trial enters its fourth day.  The Trump lawyers are expected to argue that the former president should not be convicted because he did not incite a mob to attack the Capitol, and that his remarks before the attack were protected by the First Amendment.  A vote in the trial could take place as soon as Saturday. The Hill will be providing live updates on the trial below. Tags Donald Trump Impeachment Capitol breach first amendment
    Donald Trump’s legal team will present his defense on Friday in a Senate impeachment trial that could wrap up with a vote this weekend on whether to convict or acquit the former president. Trump’s lawyers met late on Thursday with some GOP Senators to discuss the procedural aspects of their case. The meeting followed two days of arguments by House Democratic impeachment managers who showed dramatic video of the violent Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by hundreds of Trump supporters. Trump’s lawyers will make the case that in spite of carefully woven arguments by impeachment managers that the former president knowingly caused the attack, he is not to blame and should be acquitted. Lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor signaled they may wrap their case quickly. While they are allowed 16 hours over two days, they will likely complete their arguments today. “We will end either tomorrow or Saturday,”...
    Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham. At the beginning of an impeachment trial, senators swear an oath to “do impartial justice.” Most Republican senators have made clear throughout both of Donald Trump’s impeachment trials that this was a lie—at best, a fig leaf they used to get out of answering questions about how they saw the evidence. Then there’s Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz. Those three met with Trump’s defense lawyers Thursday evening to offer advice. The “very friendly guys,” according to Trump lawyer David Schoen, were making sure Trump’s lawyers were “familiar with procedure.” Probable translation: Wanted to be sure these clowns didn’t screw this thing up too badly for even Republicans to ignore. Was that ethical, though? “Oh yeah, I think that's the practice of impeachment,” Schoen claimed.  How badly do Graham, Lee, and Cruz think Trump’s lawyers are going to screw up their defense arguments? Alternatively, how...
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accused Republican senators who don’t vote to convict former President Donald Trump of being “co-conspirators.” “If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won't be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense,” Trump’s former political opponent tweeted Wednesday. “It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators.” If Senate Republicans fail to convict Donald Trump, it won't be because the facts were with him or his lawyers mounted a competent defense. It will be because the jury includes his co-conspirators.— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2021 Clinton’s tweet came as Democrats made arguments in Trump’s impeachment trial for the second day, attempting to make the case that he should be convicted and prevented from running for office in the future for “inciting an insurrection” on Capitol Hill in early January. Democrats maintain that Trump, and his fellow...
    “The president (Donald Trump, editor’s note) is very optimistic,” one of his lawyers, David Schoen, said Thursday on Fox News, promising a short presentation of less than four hours. Uno “tragedy” without “any link” with Donald Trump: the defense speaks Friday in the Senate, hoping for a quick acquittal of the former US president accused of “incitement to insurgency” in the assault on the Capitol . President Joe Biden, who has spent more than 35 years on the benches of the upper house of Congress, said he was “impatient” to see what his Republican “friends” would do in the vote that could come this weekend, hoping that they would take “their responsibilities”. From noon (6:00 p.m. HB), lawyers for the 45th President of the United States will attempt to dismantle the arguments of the Democratic prosecutors who, for two days, returned to the bloody attack of January 6...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Now it's the Trump team's time. House prosecutors at former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial relied on emotion and violent images on video to make their case in arguments over the past two days. The Senate trial is shifting to Trump's defense lawyers on Friday, and they're prepared to acknowledge that the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say. But Trump's lawyers plan to say Trump had nothing to do with it. They want to pivot to what they see as the core and more winnable issue of the trial: whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly riot. The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who themselves want to be seen as condemning...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former President Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Now it’s the Trump team’s time. House prosecutors at former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial relied on emotion and violent images on video to make their case in arguments over the past two days. The Senate trial is shifting to Trump’s defense lawyers on Friday, and they’re prepared to acknowledge that the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say. But Trump’s lawyers plan to say Trump had nothing to do with it. They want to pivot to what they see as the core and more winnable issue of the trial: whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly riot. The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who themselves want to be seen as condemning...
    The legal team for former President Donald Trump makes their opening arguments in his second impeachment trial on Friday -- and they are expected to allege that Democrats are being hypocritical by saying that Trump incited the Capitol mob by telling his followers they have to "fight" against a "stolen election." They're likely to point out past instances when Democrats have used combative rhetoric, playing videos similar to how the House impeachment managers used video of Trump speaking to make their case against him.  Trump's attorneys are also expected to argue, as they previewed in briefs submitted to the Senate, that the House impeachment managers are taking Trump's words out of context as they aim to get 67 senators to vote to convict him of inciting an insurrection.  "I think you'll at least be moved by what you see and get a much better picture of exactly what's going on here and...
    WASHINGTON - Lawyers for former U.S. President Donald Trump say they only need one day to present their client’s case in his impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate. Trump’s lawyers are mounting the former president’s defense Friday without any testimony from the former president, who has declined to participate in the trial. The defense follows a two-day presentation by House Democrats linking Trump’s rhetoric at a rally on Jan. 6 to the actions of the mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol shortly afterward in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. In an unusual move Thursday, three Republican Senators -- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah -- who are jurors in the trial, met with Trump’s lawyers. CNN reported that David Schoen, one of Trump’s lawyers, said the lawmakers wanted to ensure that the Trump’s defense...
    WASHINGTON -- After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump's impeachment trial shifts on Friday to defense lawyers prepared to make a fundamental concession: The violence was every bit as traumatic, unacceptable and illegal as Democrats say.But, they will say, Trump had nothing to do with it.Stipulating to the horrors of the day is meant to blunt the visceral impact of the House Democrats' case and quickly pivot to what they see as the core - and more winnable - issue of the trial: whether Trump can be held responsible for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot.The argument is likely to appeal to Republican senators who themselves want to be seen as condemning the violence without convicting the president."They haven't in any way tied it to Trump," David Schoen, one of the president's lawyers, told reporters near the end of two full days...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC finance chair: Republicans who voted for Trump impeachment will not be penalized Blinken, UN head share first call after US rejoins Climate Accords, WHO GOP senators met with Trump's impeachment team to talk strategy MORE’s legal team is looking to rebound at the impeachment trial Friday after a rough initial showing that was ridiculed by Senate Republicans. Trump’s lawyers will take center stage after two days of compelling and emotional testimony from the House Democratic impeachment managers, who introduced harrowing new footage of the deadly riots that left lawmakers shaken. Attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen are under immense pressure after a rocky start that was so bad it moved Sen. Bill CassidyBill CassidyGOP senators praise impeachment managers but say Trump will be acquitted The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans privately discuss trial votes The GOP senators likely to vote for Trump's conviction MORE (R-La.) to vote...
    toggle audio on and off change volume download audio ABC News Political Director Rick Klein on the case made by House impeachment managers WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s lawyers have a simple objective as they open their defense at the former president’s impeachment trial: Don’t lose any Republican votes. Most Senate Republicans have indicated that they will vote to acquit Trump on the House charge of incitement of insurrection. They argue that the trial is unconstitutional and that Trump didn’t incite supporters to lay siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when he told them to “fight like hell” against the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. If Republicans hold the line, Democrats will fall well short of the two-thirds of the Senate needed for conviction. Trump’s two top lawyers, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, risked losing one Republican vote on Tuesday after Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy...
    The defense will speak on Friday in the Senate, hoping for a quick acquittal of the former president, accused of “incitement to insurgency” in the assault on the Capitol. AT From noon (7 Belgian time), the lawyers of the 45th President of the United States will try to dismantle the arguments of the Democratic prosecutors who, for two days, returned to the bloody attack of January 6 in a relentless statement, riddled with shock videos. “The president is very optimistic,” one of his lawyers, David Schoen, said Thursday on Fox News, promising a short presentation, less than four hours, before the hundred senators, judges, jurors, and witnesses of this trial historical. “As I said from the beginning of this thing, this trial should never have happened and if it were to happen, it should be as short as possible, given the total lack of evidence,” he said. assaulted....
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's legal team gets its turn at the Senate impeachment trial Friday, as Trump's lawyers prepare to argue that the trial of a former president is unconstitutional and Trump's speech on January 6 did not incite the rioters who attacked the US Capitol.After two days of House impeachment managers presenting a case arguing that Trump incited the insurrectionists and failed to act to stop the riot as it unfolded -- using new and disturbing images of the attack to drive home their message -- Trump's team is expected to respond that the Democrats' presentation glorified violence and that Trump's speech urging his supporters to "fight" was figurative and protected by the First Amendment."When you use the word 'fight' most of the times during the case, it's clear he's talking about legislators fighting for our rights, people fighting to advocate, and you know everyone likes to overlook the...
    WASHINGTON - Lawyers for former U.S. President Donald Trump say they only need one day to present their client’s case in his impeachment trial before the U.S. Senate. Trump’s lawyers are mounting the former president’s defense Friday without any testimony from the former president, who has declined to participate in the trial. The defense follows a two-day presentation by House Democrats linking Trump’s rhetoric at a rally on Jan. 6 to the actions of the mob that overtook the U.S. Capitol shortly afterward in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election results. In an unusual move Thursday, three Republican Senators -- Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah -- who are jurors in the trial, met with Trump’s lawyers. CNN reported that David Schoen, one of Trump’s lawyers, said the lawmakers wanted to ensure that the Trump’s defense...
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