Former Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell on impeachment trial

Former Michigan Congressman Paul Mitchell on impeachment trial

"I dispute the premise of your facts, I dispute the facts that are laid out in that question, and unfortunately we're not going to know the answer to those facts in these proceedings because the House did nothing to investigate what went on" on January 6, van der Veen said in response to a question from Sen.

Watch the proceedings in the player above. After oral arguments from the nine House impeachment managers and Trump's attorneys, U.S. senators, who are acting as jurors, were given four hours to ask each side questions. "But, please, stop the hypocrisy". However, he switched his vote this week, saying Trump's lawyers had done a "terrible" job making the case that the trial was unconstitutional.

The case is speeding toward a conclusion and near-certain acquittal, perhaps as soon as Saturday.

The impeachment team argues that Trump deliberately stoked national tension after losing reelection to Joe Biden on Nov 3 with a campaign of lies claiming there had been mass voter fraud.

Trump's "fighting" words are protected free speech and need to be contextualized.

"According to CNN, McCarthy told Trump that his supporters were leading the charge".

Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the lead impeachment manager, said the hypothetical question "has no bearing on this case". Friday, she said, Trump's attorneys were "putting on a good defense".

These four are frequent critics of Trump and have said in the past that he incited the insurrection. "Countless politicians have spoken of fighting for our principles".

Trump's defense team also said that the trial was an attempt to remove the former president from the political arena.

"To baldly walk in when everyone can see you and declare your allegiance in a proceeding in which you're supposed to be deciding impartially is disrespectful to the process", he said.

The almost weeklong trial has delivered a grim and graphic narrative of the riot and its consequences in ways that senators, most of whom fled for their own safety that day, acknowledge they are still coming to grips with.

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Senators will vote on a single article of impeachment - incitement of insurrection - for Trump's alleged role in the January 6 Capitol Hill riot. "We were invited here", said one Capitol invader. Trump has told advisers and friends he did not want to hear from Castor anymore, people familiar with the Trump team's discussions said.

The prosecutors' goal was to cast Trump not as a bystander but rather as the "inciter in chief" who spread election falsehoods, then encouraged supporters to come challenge the results in Washington and fanned the discontent with rhetoric about fighting and taking back the country.

"Would you bet the future of your democracy on that?"

Mr. van der Veen also litigated a June 1 protest at Lafayette Square near the White House, in which riot police used pepper spray and truncheons to clear away a peaceful crowd of anti-racism protesters so Mr. Trump could hold a photo-op at nearby St. John's Church.

The trial has highlighted the extraordinary danger lawmakers faced on January 6, when Trump urged his followers to march to the Capitol and "get wild" in an effort to prevent lawmakers from certifying his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

The use of the words "fight" or "fighting" is exceedingly common in political speech.

Trump refused to testify in the trial.

The Senate is on track to complete the speediest impeachment trial in U.S. history, not that there's a lot of competition.

Seventeen Republican senators would have to join all the Democrats to reach the two-thirds majority needed to find the former president guilty.

Donald Trump publicly attacked Mike Pence within minutes of Pence being escorted to safety when the MAGA mob stormed the Capitol. Cassidy told reporters later it was not a very good answer.

The Senate has convened as a court of impeachment for past Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton and now twice for Trump.

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