Watch live as Trump’s defense begins the impeachment process
The Senate has started asking questions after Donald Trump’s legal team finalized its defense against impeachment arguments. A key GOP senator who had expressed his willingness to cross the aisle said he was “much stronger” than his opening statements.
Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski reportedly said the revamped line-up was “very well organized in what they presented and how they did it”.
In the first session of the fourth day, Trump’s team presented several videos overlapping instances of Democrats in the same language they had accused the ex-president of causing the riots in the U.S. Capitol.
The videos were the main focus of Trump’s free speech. Lawyers argued that the first change must apply to all political speeches or no political speech – including that of the Democrats.
They also said the House’s impeachment managers tampered with evidence and selectively edited Trump’s January 6 keynote to remove explicit calls for supporters to voice their voices “peacefully and patriotically”.
Day four began amid reports of growing tensions between Trump and his team. The former president wanted Bruce Castor to have minimal involvement after his disastrous appearance on Tuesday during the opening litigation.
Mr Castor started the second session more than two hours after the defense began.
It comes when Joe Biden says he is “excited” to see what his Republican friends are doing and whether they will “get up”, even though he had previously said he would not negotiate or enter into deliberations.
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Senators give Eugene Goodman a standing ovation
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer cited a standing ovation on January 6 for officer Eugene Goodman for luring rioters away from lawmakers.
“We can all agree that Eugene Goodman deserves the highest honor that Congress can bestow,” said Schumer when he announced that the Senate would vote to award the Congressional gold medal to Mr. Goodman.
Mr. McConnell called January 6th “a day of fear for those who work in the capital and a day of mourning for those who watch from afar.”
He praised US Capitol officials for acting bravely in the face of “lawlessness” and said Officer Goodman allowed lawmakers to “escape unscathed.”
Mr Goodman was in the Chamber for the moment, patting his heart as the Senators applauded him before voting unanimously to give him the award.
The trial was then adjourned until 10 a.m. ET.
Graeme MassieFebruary 12, 2021 11:32 PM
“Condemn Trump and lock him up” banner over Mar-a-Lago
A plane has flown a banner reading “Convict Trump and Lock Him” over the ex-president’s property in Florida.
The light aircraft circled over Mr. Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago as his legal team began defending his historic second impeachment trial.
“All-caps banners fly over Trump’s Palm Beach resort as his defense team begins its presentation today,” CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted Friday.
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 11:20 PM
“Prosecution Misconduct”: Defense team responded to Democrats’ demands that Trump testify to represent their case
Michael van der Veen says the House’s impeachment executives’ demands to bring the defense in to “prove their case” are a case of prosecutorial misconduct.
“Due process is never a discretion, good sir. The constitution requires a defendant to have due process because the power a prosecutor has to steal someone’s liberty if he is persecuted is the last thing we try to save, ”he says.
“In this case, we have had misconduct by the prosecutor in the last two hours. What they were just trying to say was that it is our burden to bring them evidence to prove their case. And it is not our duty to provide any evidence at all. “
He added, “For the property managers to initiate impeachment proceedings without any investigation and then get up here and say, ‘They had an opportunity to bring us evidence.’ Second, “Let’s see what we can do to reverse a person’s other constitutional right to have a lawyer and see the evidence in the first place.”
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 10:55 PM
Antifa, insurrection and “fight like hell”: Trump’s lawyers have searched for legal proceedings in real time
Donald Trump’s legal team finally had a chance to set out the impeachment defense over the ex-president’s role in the Capitol riot.
However, when they offered to refute the powerful case of impeachment executives of the House of Representatives alleging that Mr Trump instigated the violence that killed five people on Jan. 6, they found that many of their allegations were immediately scrutinized.
Mr. Trump’s attorney Bruce Castor claimed during the defense that there was “no riot” at the Capitol.
On the night of January 6, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, called what had happened hours earlier a “failed insurrection.”
Graeme Massie from the Independent reports.
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 10:39 PM
Trump’s attorney refuses to say who won the election
When asked by Bernie Sanders whether they believed Trump’s legal team believed the ex-president lied when he said the election was stolen, attorney Michael van der Veen said it was irrelevant.
The Senate had to be called to order after (half) the Chamber broke out in ridicule.
“My judgment? My judgment is irrelevant in this process, ”he began.
“What is relevant in this impeachment article is Mr Trump’s words inciting violence and rioting, that is the indictment, that is the question, and the answer is no, he did not have a speech inciting violence or rioting . “
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 10:27 PM
If the tweet doesn’t fit, “you’ll have to acquit,” Trump tells defense
Michael van der Veen and Julian Castro argue over whether Donald Trump told his supporters to “fight to the death”.
Van der Veen previously called on Castro to attribute Trump the quote “Fight like death,” on which the property manager highlighted the ex-president’s tweet saying, “Democrats would fight like death,” while Republicans would fight nothing to do.
How should it be otherwise? Asks Castro.
Van der Veen says Castro was dishonest and tried to hide when he was caught.
“What he said was if it happened to the Dems, they would. In his speech that day, you know what he said, he said that if this happened to the Democrats, the Democrats would steal the elections, all hell would break loose, but he said to his supporters, we are smarter, we are stronger and we’re not going to do what they did all summer, ”he says.
“He misrepresented you a tweet to get the narrative out, which is wrong, wrong, dishonest, and the American people no longer deserve it. You have to acquit. “
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 9:59 PM
Trump’s lawyers refuse to answer repeated questions when he knew about Capitol riots
Donald Trump’s attorneys have repeatedly refused to speak out when the former president knew of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
As his attorneys were finalizing their ex-president impeachment defense, they were asked more than once when he learned of the nature of the violence and physical threats to his Vice President and members of both Houses of Congress.
Andrew Buncombe from the Independent has more on this.
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 9:52 p.m.
“The answer is nothing”: property managers give their answer to what Trump did in response to civil unrest
“What else the president did is unclear, but we believe it was a violation of his duty,” said Stacey Plaskett.
She continued, “Why didn’t President Trump tell the protesters to stop as soon as he heard about it, why didn’t President Trump do anything two hours after the attack began to stop the attack?”
“The reason this question keeps coming up is because the answer is nothing,” she concluded.
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 9:31 PM
When did Trump know and what did he do about it?
When asked when Trump knew about the riots and what he was doing about it, the ex-president’s legal team said the property managers had “one way or another failed to provide any evidence to support the issue.”
“The property managers have given us absolutely no evidence in one way or another to support this question. We can put together a timeline and it goes back to December 31st, January 2nd. There is a lot of interaction between them, the authorities and the people to get in advance, ”says Michael van der Veen.
“We have a tweet at 2:38 pm, so it was certainly some time ago, with the rush to initiate this impeachment process, it was not investigated. That is the problem with this whole process. “
He says the property managers rely on “hearsay, in addition to hearsay, in addition to reports that contain hearsay”.
“There is a due process here that has been refused.”
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 9:19 PM
Property managers “blown out of the water,” says Ron Johnson
“I think the president’s lawyers blew the caretaker’s case out of the water,” he says.
“They eviscerated her legally. I think their arguments, when they showed the distortion of the tweets and the selective editing, showed the reason why due process is important. And they have shown for sure that the first amendment probably applies more than anything to political speeches. “
Justin VallejoFebruary 12, 2021 9:12 PM