Before the start of today’s meeting, the representatives of the former head of the White House indicated that they would use only a fraction of the allotted 16 hours of meeting time and will finish their presentation today. According to them, Trump cannot be held responsible for the invasion of his supporters into the Chapter, moreover, they consider the whole process in the Senate to be unconstitutional, as the former president is being tried for the first time. On Tuesday, the Senate rejected the objection concerning constitutionality.
“The article of impeachment before the Senate is an unjust and grossly unconstitutional act of political revenge. This appalling abuse of the constitution only further divides our country when we should try to unite around shared priorities,” said lawyer Michael van der Veen. “The Senate should promptly and decisively vote for its rejection,” he continued.
Van der Veen called it “absurd” to suggest that Trump’s speech before the riots broke out in the Chapter, he was inciting crime. The then president called on his supporters to march on Congress to protest “peacefully and patriotically,” but on January 6 he also spoke of a “fight” to save the country and that “we cannot allow” an “illegitimate” to join the White House. president”. That meant Joe Biden, whose election victory at the time had been refused for two months.
According to van der Veen, Trump never used the “language of incitement”, his statements about “fighting for life” or stopping “theft of elections” are said to be common political rhetoric. The ex-president’s lawyers based this argument on clips of statements by democratic politicians containing the words “fight” or “fight” in various contexts, including the fight against coronavirus.
After the aforementioned speech at the White House, Trump’s supporters occupied a large part of the Chapter for several hours and disrupted the discussion of the results of the presidential election. The House of Representatives then, through so-called impeachment, accused the outgoing president of provoking unrest.
A follow-up trial in the Senate began this Tuesday; on Wednesday and Thursday, Democratic congressmen, prosecutors, described the events of January 6 as a result of Trump’s words and actions from that day and from previous weeks and months. They recalled Trump’s reluctance to condemn the violent behavior of his supporters and the fact that he had distanced himself from the actions of rioters in Congress long after the restoration of order.
“We showed you how it all started with a big lie, claiming that the election was rigged. (…) We showed you how President Trump spread the lie,” said one of the Constitutional Prosecutors, Joe Negus. “If we leave it unanswered, who can guarantee that it won’t happen again?” he asked the senators.
Trump’s lawyers today accused the Democrats of “intellectual dishonesty” or hypocrisy. They criticized the fact that they argued on the basis of news articles, and also attacked the media. They themselves, of course committed by manipulation, for example, when van der Veen said he had arrested the “leader of the antify” during the riots in the Chapter. His claim was also inaccurate that Trump’s first statement after the riots called for an end to the violence. But immediately after the rioters invaded Congress on Twitter, Trump criticized Vice President Mike Pence on Twitter, concluding: “The United States wants the truth!”
The trial of Trump, who is the first of the American presidents to face a constitutional lawsuit for the second time, could end this weekend. Like the first, it is expected to end with the release of the 45th US President, as the vast majority of Republican senators have rejected the constitutionality of the court.
After the ongoing defense, senators will be given the opportunity to ask both parties questions, and witnesses are unlikely to be called. Then there would be only final speeches and a vote of guilt.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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