“This horrific abuse of the Constitution only further divides our nation when we should try to unite around common priorities. Like all other politically motivated witch hunts launched by the left over the past four years, this recall has nothing to do with facts, evidence and interests. of the American people. The Senate should quickly and decisively reject it, “van der Vin said.
He assessed that “no reasonable person can seriously believe that the president’s speech on January 6 was an incitement to violence or rebellion” and that Trump “explicitly encouraged those present to use their rights in a peaceful and patriotic way.”
Van der Vin stated that the whole premise of Trump’s address to the supporters was that the democratic process should proceed in accordance with the law, and that “these are not the words of someone who incites a violent rebellion.”
As he said, the recall process “has nothing to do with the Democrats’ opposition to political violence, but their attempts to disqualify the political opposition.”
“It is about the constitutional culture of abolishing different opinions,” van der Vin said, emphasizing that this was an attempt to censor not only President Trump, but also the 75 million Americans who voted for him.
According to the Voice of America, Trump’s lawyers broadcast videos, as they stated, of the fierce rhetoric of the Democrats in the past.
Among the recordings was the speech of the current leader of the majority in the Senate, Chuck Sumer, at a gathering of supporters of the right to abortion last year, at which he threatened conservative judges of the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsac and Bret Cavanaugh, if they make these terrible decisions. “
Trump’s legal team also showed footage of Democratic members of Congress demanding Trump’s recall from 2017.
“That same hatred and anger led recall managers to ignore their own words and moves and set a dangerous double standard,” said lawyer David Sean.
Lawyers also claimed that Trump’s words to supporters who attacked Congress – to fight hell – were common political rhetoric, and then showed a video montage to show that almost every Democrat in the Senate used the word “fight” in political speeches.
“You have not done anything wrong. It is a word that people use, but please stop this hypocrisy,” Sean said, addressing the Democrats.
Lawyer Bruce Castor said that the Democrats, during the presentation of arguments, focused on violence during the riots, without presenting evidence that Trump incited him.
“It is clear that there was no rebellion,” Castor said, stating that the word “rebellion” means “taking control of a country.”
Defense attorneys and Democrats leading the recall process on Friday also answered questions sent by the senators in writing. While presenting their arguments, the Democrats accused Trump of not being an “innocent observer” of the event, but a “main instigator”.
They claimed that the former president encouraged the mob to invade the Capitol and that he should therefore be found guilty of inciting a revolt.
The senators could plead guilty to Trump today.
A two-thirds majority in the Senate is needed for the conviction, which means that at least 17 Republicans should vote for the former president to be found guilty.
Trump is the first American president to be recalled twice in the House of Representatives and the first to be tried after he left office.
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