During the trial, prosecutors relied onwith the attack on the Capitol, as well as video and audio clips and social media posts showing Trump repeatedly calling on supporters and in the days and months prior to that date. They also showed reports from Trump praising the violent actions of his supporters in the run-up to the 2020 election.
On Friday, the defense team used a more dispassionate constitutional analysis to argue that the trial is a violation of the former president’s rights to the First Amendment, as well as arguing that Trump’s speech was taken out of context and that Democratic leaders had the same have used language in the past by calling on their own supporters to “fight”.
How to watch
, with each side given two hours to present its closing arguments. Senators are expected to vote Saturday afternoon to convict or acquit Trump.
We’re going to highlight senators’ biggest questions below, followed by a summary of the main arguments from the trial.
The most important questions senators have asked so far
When did Trump learn about the attack on the Capitol, what did he do to stop the riots, and when?
Defense: Without disclosing information from their client about what he did to stop the riot and when, Trump’s team argued that “absolutely no investigation has been done” by the House impeachment managers.
Prosecutors: “This attack was seen live on TV on all the major networks. He knew the violence was going on. He knew the seriousness of the threat. He knew the Capitol police were overwhelmingly outnumbered and fighting for their lives. thousands of insurgents with weapons, “the prosecutors said. they had an argument. “Why did President Trump do nothing to stop the attacks for two hours after the attacks began? Why did President Trump do nothing to help the Capitol and the police?”
Is this process just for show?
Defense: That’s what Trump believes.
If Trump is not convicted, what message does that send?
Prosecutors: The world is watching to see what we do, and decisions like this will define what America is.
Summary of the case against Trump
Here is the main evidence the House managers presented this week.
with the assault on the Capitol, including security footage and models showing where rioters were in relation to senators.
Video and audio clips and social media reports showed Trump repeatedly calling for supporters to storm the Capitol before January 6.against Pence and members of Congress, as well as false allegations about the election. Trump intentionally used false allegations of electoral fraud, House executives said, to “instigate an angry base to ‘fight like hell'” to reverse a legitimate election.
Video and social media posts from supporters Attending Trump’s Jan. 6 rally ahead of the Capitol riot is intended to prove a causal link between Trump’s comments at the rally and the actions of the rioters.
Images from Trump rallies from 2016 and 2017, in which Trump urged supporters to attack protesters at the events and praise the attacks, which house managers said showed a pattern of supportive violence. They also pointed to Trump tweeting praise when supporters attempted to drive a Biden-Harris campaign bus off the road in Texas ahead of the 2020 election.
Trump statements The attack revealed a lack of remorse and refusal to be held accountable, sending a message to future presidents that incitement to insurrection will have no consequences if the senate does not vote to convict, the House managers argued. At least 16 administrative officials resigned in the days following the riot, managers added.
Taking over Trump could have political ramifications, they said. They also highlighted the high cost to state and federal governments of preparing for – and recovering from – what they called “ President Trump’s gang, ” and the emotional toll on Congressmen, staff and workers as a result of the riot. .
The first amendment It won’t stop you from facing the consequences for your words, Raskin said Thursday, especially when you hold the highest leadership position in the country. “There is nothing in the First Amendment … that can excuse your betrayal of your oath of office,” Raskin said. “It’s not a matter of freedom of speech. [It’s] the greatest betrayal of a presidential oath in America’s history. “
Trump’s Defense Strategy
Analysis of the Constitution was used on day 1 to suggest that the impeachment trial is without merit. The trial is unconstitutional and a violation of Trump’s rights, the defense asserts: “Mr. Trump’s speech deserves full protection under the First Amendment.”
Social media posts and video clips of Trump’s Jan. 6 meeting and other events that, according to defense attorneys, show that the House impeachment managers “manipulated” video and comments used in their presentation to defend their case.
Trump’s comments encouraged ‘peaceful and patriotic protests’, his attorneys argued on Day 4 in lieu of a violent overthrow of the election results, like House process managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin claimed in the first three days of the trial. “We know that the president would never have wanted such a riot to take place because his long-standing hatred for violent protesters and his love of law and order are on his sleeve every day when he served in the White House,” lawyer Bruce Caster said Friday afternoon.
The violence was premeditated and pre-planned, which is why Trump’s rally on Jan. 6 did not cause the riot in the Capitol on Jan. 6, it was argued. Claiming that Trump’s speech was taken out of context and that his use of the word “ fight ” was metaphorical, Caster said that rioters had already passed through barriers to the Capitol before Trump finished speaking.
What happened does not fit the definition of an uprising since no government was overthrown, Castor argued.
Video clips about impeachment with contrasting comments Trump’s Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders and commentators who, according to Trump’s defense team, showcase the Democrats’ “ reckless, dangerous and inflammatory rhetoric ” in recent years.
Trump impeachment vote on Saturday
would initially pause from Friday at 5 p.m. ET (2 p.m. PT) to Sunday afternoon, if the trial was not completed by then. But due to a series of events, if there are no delays, there may be a vote for acquittal or conviction on Saturday or Sunday, such as a call for witnesses or documents. Here’s more information on the and
What happens if the senate condemns or acquits Trump?
If the Senate votes on the, it will hold an additional vote to prevent him from re-participating (under Article 1, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution), which would rule out a possible presidential run in 2024. This vote would only require a simple majority, with Vice President Kamala Harris as Senate President to issue a tie if necessary.
Trump could also be disqualified for the benefits given to former presidents by the Post Presidents Act, including a Secret Service security detail, pension, and annual travel allowance.
Depicted presidents also cannot be pardoned under the US Constitution.
If acquitted, Trump would have access to all the benefits of a former US president, including the option to run for public office.
Trump’s first impeachment in 2019
Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives in December 2019, but the Senate with a Republican majority acquitted him in early 2020.
His first charge involved articles accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstructing Congress. The problem was Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, including a phone call in July 2019 in which he appeared to be using US military aid as a bargaining chip to pressure Ukraine to break the alleged links between his political opponent Biden, Biden’s son Hunter and a Ukrainian gas company. to investigate. The articles also accused Trump of interfering with a home investigation into the Ukraine issue.