Defense lawyers taught their arguments for three hours, accusing Democrats of persecuting Trump.
Two days earlier, impeachment leaders Democrats had put forward their arguments by posting shocking footage of angry Republican supporters attacking the Capitol on January 6 to prevent the confirmation of Joe Biden’s election victory.
The Senate will meet again on Saturday at 10 p.m. place (5 pm Lithuanian time) to discuss whether to allow witness testimony, then both parties must set out their final arguments.
The verdict is expected to be voted on the same day. So far, it seems that Democrats will not get enough Republican support for the conviction.
On Friday, defense attorney Michael van der Veen called the impeachment “a manifestly unconstitutional act of political revenge.”
He called on 100 senator jurors to “vote swiftly and decisively” to dismiss the charge of inciting rebellion.
However, the leaders of the impeachment claim that Trump deliberately instigated national tensions after he lost to Biden on November 3, claiming without evidence that mass electoral fraud had taken place.
On January 6, he held a fiery rally near the White House, inviting the crowd to march to Congress, where Biden’s victory was to be confirmed that day.
The crowd invaded the U.S. Capitol and disrupted the assertion of election results. Five people were killed in the ensuing chaos, including a woman who was shot dead when she invaded the Capitol and a crowd beaten by a policeman.
The impeachment leaders say Trump, who has not expressed regret at encouraging a violent crowd, is so dangerous that he should be barred again from office.
D. Trump needs a two-thirds majority of 100 seats in the Senate to convict. That means at least 17 Republican senators should be supported by 50 Democrats in the vote.
While Trump appears to be justified, even a few Republican votes against him would leave a historic mark on his presidency, fueling internal disagreements within the party over whether to pursue his populist, divisive vision or return to more moderate values.
The former president’s lawyers argued that his fiery words to the crowd at the January 6 rally were a rhetorical figure, even as he called on the rebellious crowd to “fight the devil” for his presidency.
They also say the real goal of the Democrats is to remove Trump from the political scene.
“Let’s be clear: this trial is about much more than President Trump,” said defense attorney Bruce Castor.
“It is about the revocation of about 75 million Trump voters and the criminalization of political views. That is what this lawsuit is about, ”he said.
In response to a shocking video used by Democrats, defense lawyers showed their montages showing Democrat lawmakers saying the word “fight” in their previous speeches and on television.
Among them were Democratic senators, as well as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Please stop the hypocrisy,” Trump’s lawyer, David Schoen, said.
“Ignited and incited” the crowd
The footage filed by impeachment leaders in the Senate Hall showed high-ranking politicians, including then-Vice President Mike Pence, fleeing the Capitol in rescue after a raging crowd stormed the complex last month.
Schoen ridiculed the video as an “entertainment package” and said Trump could not be held responsible for the crowd’s actions.
But chief impeachment chief Jamie Raskin noted that the Republican had encouraged extremism even before polling day, constantly undermining public confidence in the electoral process.
“This short-lived uprising did not come from the air,” Raskin said. “It wasn’t the first time Donald Trump had ignited and incited the crowd.”
He said it was necessary for the Senate to convict Trump and ban him from running for president again in 2024, otherwise there was a risk that the same behavior would happen again.
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