Former president Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial will continue on Feb. 10. He is accused of “incitement of insurrection” after the deadly Capitol riot. The first day of the Senate trial opened with House managers playing a graphic video of the Jan. 6 takeover interspersed with the former president’s words.
Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) argued that Trump’s lawyers have misconstrued the Constitution by arguing that presidents cannot be tried by the Senate after leaving office. Doing so, he said, would allow a president to do “anything he may want to do” during his final month in office.
Stunning video shown at the impeachment trial of former President Trump shows Sen. Chuck Schumer's near-miss with the mob.
Security footage shown during the second day of former President Trump's second impeachment trial showed then-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his security detail being forced to change course in the Capitol complex after nearly coming face-to-face with some of the Jan. 6 insurrectionists.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), one of the House's impeachment managers, on Wednesday afternoon presented video of the near-encounter along with several other pieces of additional footage of the rioters inside the Capitol. It was the first time security camera footage from inside the Capitol has been shown of the deadly assault.
On the third day of his impeachment trial in the US Senate, House impeachment managers screened Donald Trump's remarks to his supporters at his campaign rallies to illustrate his history of encouraging violence, leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January.
Impeachment manager Jamie Raskin pointed to Mr Trump's directions to his crowds of supporters to attack counter-protesters at his rallies, telling them "get them the hell out of here" and "kick the crap out of them" in 2017.
Mr Raskin also showed senators footage of Republican Gregory Gianforte assaulting a reporter, and Mr Trump's apparent support: "Any guy that can do a body slam is my guy."
The attacks on the Michigan state capitol in 2020 among far-right groups to protest the state's coronavirus restrictions, fueled by the former president's attacks against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, were a "state-level rehearsal" for the Capitol siege and a "preview" of the coming insurrection, Mr Raskin said.
Following an alleged plot among far-right militia groups to kidnap the governor, interrupted by the FBI, the former president "chose to vilify Governor Whitmer, again, and then amazingly took credit for foiling the plot against her," Mr Raskin said.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued stunning remarks breaking with former President Trump, telling Politico in an interview published Friday that she believes he “let us down.”
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley, who served in her ambassador role under Trump, said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
Haley’s remarks are her strongest yet against the former president in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and come as Trump's legal team is set to present its defense of Trump on Friday in his second Senate impeachment trial.
The House impeached the former president for a second time shortly after the insurrection, saying his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud following his election loss to President Biden and his comments earlier that day incited the mob that stormed the Capitol.
The former South Carolina governor told Politico that she has not spoken with Trump since the mob attack, further expressing her disappointment with remarks he gave at a rally ahead of the assault condemning his own vice president, Mike Pence.
“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley said. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
Haley said that the president "believes he is following" his oath of office by challenging the election results, adding, "There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election."