Trump left Congress members ‘for lifeless’ in Capitol riot: Democrats | Donald Trump Information

Trump left Congress members ‘for lifeless’ in Capitol riot: Democrats | Donald Trump Information

  • The primary full day of arguments within the Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump occurred on Wednesday.
  • Tuesday’s proceedings had targeted on the constitutionality of holding impeachment proceedings for a former president, with the Senate voting 56-44 that the trial is authorized.
  • The prosecution and defence every have 16 hours to current their case, with Home impeachment managers going first.
  • Home managers argued Trump’s marketing campaign of misinformation to overturn the victory of President Joe Biden and his feedback to supporters earlier than the US Capitol riot on January 6, amounted to ‘incitement of rebellion’.
  • After claiming {that a} president can’t be convicted within the Senate after leaving workplace, the defence is anticipated to argue that Trump’s statements had been protected as free speech.

Welcome to Al Jazeera’s protection of the impeachment trial. That is Joseph Stepansky and William Roberts.

Senate impeachment trial concludes second day

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump adjourned for the night. The Senate will return at midday Jap US time (17:00 GMT) on Thursday, February 11.

Senator Lee objects to characterisation of cellphone name with Trump

The Senate impeachment trial was briefly thrown into chaos when Senator Mike Lee, a Republican requested to delete testimony from Home managers from the report.

Consultant Jamie Raskin withdrew the knowledge, which had been based mostly on a information outlet’s account of occasions.

Consultant David Cicilline recounted the report of a cellphone name round 2pm Jap US time (19:00 GMT) on January 6 by Trump to Lee’s cellphone asking for Senator Tommy Tuberville, one other Republican.

“On that decision, Donald Trump reportedly requested Senator Tuberville to make further objections to the certification course of,” Cicilline had mentioned.

President Trump did not cease the assault, ship assist, left Congress ‘for lifeless’: Home supervisor

Consultant Joaquin Castro detailed the timeline of the Capitol assault as President Donald Trump issued tweets whereas individuals round Trump on the White Home urged him to behave extra forcefully to cease the violence.

“On January 6, President Trump left everybody on this Capitol for lifeless,” Castro mentioned.

“For the subsequent hour after President Trump’s tweets, he nonetheless did nothing. Not till 4:17pm [Eastern US time or 09:17 GMT], over three-and-half hours after the violence began, did our president ship a message lastly ask the insurgents to go residence,” he mentioned.

Trump incited Capitol ‘insurgents’ to focus on VP Pence throughout assault: Home managers

An hour and half into the assault, Trump tweeted criticism of Pence who had refused Trump’s calls for to make use of his constitutional place to forestall certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral School victory.

“He additional incites the mob in opposition to his personal vp whose life was being threatened,” mentioned Consultant Joaquin Castro.

The “insurgents” got here inside 60 ft (18.2 metres) of Pence and wished to “execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor. After which they erected a gallows. With a noose. That is what Donald Trump incited,” Castor advised the Senate.

Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over a Joint Session of Congress throughout the assault on January 6. He and his household had been moved to security by his Secret Service safety element because the mob breached the Capitol [Melina Mara/Pool via Reuters]

Republican Murkowski says video proof introduced by Home managers ‘fairly damning’

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski mentioned she was deeply disturbed by the video proof proven by Democrats in opposition to former President Donald Trump on the impeachment trial.

Talking to reporters throughout a break Wednesday night, Murkowski mentioned the Democrats’ presentation was “fairly damning”, in line with The Related Press information company.

She added: “I simply don’t see how Donald Trump might be reelected like this to the presidency once more.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski advised reporters the video proof introduced by Home managers was ‘fairly damning’ REUTERS/Al Drago

Trump did nothing to assist members of Congress throughout the assault: Home managers

“The primary hour and half of this bloody assault, Donald Trump tweeted his rally speech and did nothing else,” Consultant David Cicilline advised the Senate.

“President Trump was reportedly and I quote ‘borderline enthusiastic’, as a result of it meant a certification was being derailed,” Cicilline mentioned.

“This was the singular focus of Donald Trump throughout this bloody, violent assault on the Capitol, stopping certification,” he mentioned.

Through the assault, Trump known as Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville to induce him to boost further objections to the certification of the Electoral School votes for Joe Biden, the election winner.

Senator Romney tells reporters video proof ‘tears at your coronary heart’

Senator Mitt Romney mentioned the video proof introduced by Home managers was compelling and emotive.

“It tears at your coronary heart and brings tears to your eyes. That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional,” Romney, a Republican, advised reporters on the Capitol.

Senator Mitt Romney speaks to reporters throughout a break within the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on fees of inciting the lethal assault on the Capitol [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]

Romney mentioned he was dropped at tears watching a video proven of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman directing him away from the mob.

The senator had not seen that video earlier than and had not realised how shut he had been to the rioters.

“I used to be very lucky certainly”

Senators watched, ‘transfixed’ by video proof : Al Jazeera correspondent

As Democratic impeachment managers introduced never-before-seen footage of the riot from US Capitol safety cameras, “each senator was transfixed,” reviews Al Jazeera correspondent Alan Fisher.

“Each senator was transfixed by what was being introduced. All of them had been right here on the day however each single certainly one of them was watching extremely intently,” Fisher mentioned.

Maybe seeing for the primary time how shut rioters got here to Vice President Mike Pence and the senators themselves as they evacuated, Fisher identified “which will properly ship a chill via them.”


US Senate impeachment trial is in recess for dinner till 6:15 ET


Video of police officer being crushed by mob is proven to Senate

Video of a District of Columbia police officer being crushed in a doorway by the pro-Trump mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6 was introduced as proof within the Senate trial.

DC officer Daniel Hodges, who survived the assault, will be heard screaming in agony as the group surged ahead, repeatedly pinning him within the doorway.


Police physique digital camera video reveals mob assault at Capitol

Home managers confirmed physique digital camera video of the rioters attacking the entrance line of officers on the west facet of the US Capitol. The video reveals the group attacking police with sticks, poles, a crutch and different objects.


Video reveals Senate chief Schumer rotated by rioters

Safety footage from the US Capitol reveals Senate Democratic chief Chuck Schumer escaping down a hallway after which out of the blue turning round and working with a police escort to get away through a unique path from the mob of rioters contained in the constructing.

Home managers present video of police taking pictures of Ashli Babbitt

Consultant Eric Swalwell narrated a video of the taking pictures by a Capitol Police officer of Ashli Babbitt, a pro-Trump rioter who tried to climb via a smashed window right into a foyer of the Home chamber.

The graphic video was made by a protester. A handgun is seen and discharged, and Babbitt’s physique is thrown from the window on to the ground.

Video reveals Romney being diverted from rioters’ path

Safety footage introduced by Home impeachment supervisor confirmed Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman diverting Mitt Romney from the trail of rioters.

Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett additionally performed audio of a employees member of Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for assist whereas barricaded in an inside convention room in Pelosi’s workplace.

“They’re pounding the door looking for her,” the staffer says, referring to Pelosi.

Home impeachment managers present new safety footage

Home impeachment managers detailed how rioters broke into the US Capitol and had been diverted away from the Senate chamber by police officer Eugene Goodman.

“They had been inside 100 ft of the place the vp was sheltering along with his household. And so they had been just some ft away from one of many doorways to this chamber the place lots of you remained at the moment,” Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett mentioned.

Surveillance footage confirmed Vice President Mike Pence and his household being evacuated from the constructing, with Plaskett saying that a lot of the rioters’ ire, fuelled by Trump’s phrases, was targeted on Pence.

“You’ll be able to hear the mob calling for the demise of the vp of america,” she mentioned, referring to video performed for senators, which was accompanied by a map that confirmed how the rioters moved via the complicated.

Home impeachment managers to element US Capitol breach

Home impeachment managers, after spending the morning arguing that Trump laid the groundwork for the US Capitol riots in his misinformation marketing campaign and assist of violence, will element the occasions of January 6.

The Home managers “will recreate the assault because it unfolded specializing in the threats to Vice President Pence, Speaker Pelosi, the joint session and legislation enforcement,” Jamie Raskin mentioned.

“I do need to alert everybody that there’s some very graphic violent footage coming, so individuals are conscious,” he mentioned.

The presentation included never-before-seen safety footage and police communications audio.

Members of the Nationwide Guard stand exterior the U. Capitol throughout the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump [Andrew Harnik/The Associated Press]

Analyst: Trump authorized crew anticipated to lean on ‘free speech’ argument

Because the Home Democratic impeachment managers lay out their detailed argument that Trump’s alleged “incitement” of the US Capitol riot was properly deliberate and deliberate, his authorized crew is readying for his or her rebuttal that his remarks fall below “free speech” and weren’t a part of a premeditated effort, College of Chicago Regulation College’s Tom Ginsburg advised Al Jazeera.

“We’ve very broad free speech guidelines in america and it’s debatable that President Trump’s speech wouldn’t truly be felony incitement below our present legislation,” Ginsburg mentioned.

“So, they’re going to attempt to body it as ‘you already know, he was simply doing political speech’. They’re clearly going to attempt to make the declare that these had been individuals who had been appearing on their very own.”

Plaskett says allow for January 6 rally modified when Trump crew received concerned

Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett mentioned that an unique allow for the Ellipse Trump rally didn’t enable a march to the Capitol.

“It was not till after President Trump and his crew turned concerned within the planning that the march from the Ellipse to the Capitol happened in direct contravention of the unique allow,” she mentioned.

She additionally detailed proof of coordination and planning of the Capitol breach and violence in on-line boards, together with blueprints of the complicated and dialogue of the energy of the Capitol police drive.

“There have been tons of of those posts. Lots of monitored by the Trump administration,” she mentioned.

Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett speaks throughout the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump [The Associated Press]

Plaskett: Trump telling Proud Boys to ‘stand again and stand by’ was incitement

Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett immediately linked Trump telling the far-right Proud Boys group to “stand again and stand by” to the US Capitol violence.

“When requested to sentence the Proud Boys and white supremacists … he mentioned ‘stand again and stand by’. His message was heard loud and clear,” she mentioned.

She mentioned the Proud Boys, who prominently took half within the January 6 riot, formally adopted the phrase “stand again and stand by”.

She additionally referenced Trump retweeting a video of his supporters attacking a Biden marketing campaign bus in Texas, saying it was half of a bigger sample of supporting violence.

Home impeachment supervisor Stacey Plaskett arrives at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial [J Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press]

Lieu recounts Trump strain on VP Pence

Home impeachment supervisor Ted Lieu recounted how Trump continued his claims that the election was “stolen” even after the US lawyer common mentioned there was no proof of fraud.

Trump then turned on Vice President Mike Pence, pressuring him to cease the certification course of, though he had no authorized standing to take action.

“President Trump stored repeating the parable that Pence might cease this certification to his base to anger them, hoping to intimidate Mike Pence,” he mentioned.

“As a veteran, I discover it deeply dishonorable that our former president and commander in chief equated patriotism with violating the structure and overturning [the election],” he mentioned.

Dean particulars Trump strain on state election officers

Home impeachment supervisor Madeleine Dean detailed Trump’s strain marketing campaign on native election officers to search out fraud within the vote.

Dean targeted totally on Georgia, saying Trump didn’t yield his strain, even after native officers and their households confronted demise threats.

Dean additionally detailed Trump’s January name with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, through which the president urged the official to “discover” extra votes. He advised Raffensperger might face penalties if he didn’t substantiate the baseless fraud claims.

“Let’s be clear, that is the president of america telling a secretary of state that if he doesn’t discover votes, he’ll face felony penalties,” she mentioned. “He says it proper there, the president of america, telling a public official to fabricate the precise votes wanted so we are able to win.”

“Senators, ours is a dialogue with historical past, a dialog with the previous with a hope for the long run,” she mentioned.

Home impeachment supervisor Madeleine Dean speaks throughout the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump [The Associated Press]

Analyst: Republicans have a ‘secure harbour’ to vote to acquit

Regardless of the “overwhelming proof” that’s being laid out in opposition to Trump by the Home Democratic impeachment managers, Senate Republicans have a authorized “secure harbour” to nonetheless vote in opposition to convicting the previous president, Columbia Regulation College’s Philip Bobbitt advised Al Jazeera.

“They might say ‘we don’t dispute the information however there’s a constitutional barrier to attempting and convicting a non-public individual.’ And Article II, Part 4 [of the US Constitution] helps that,” Bobbitt mentioned.

“So, there’s a place for Republicans who condemn the president, and don’t dispute this, this overwhelming proof, they’ll say that the president ought to be tried in strange felony courtroom,” he mentioned.

Swalwell: Trump likened ‘stolen’ election to ‘act of warfare’

Home impeachment supervisor Eric Swalwell, arguing {that a} canvas of Trump’s tweets present that he supported violence on the Capitol, famous that Trump had likened the “stolen” election to an “act of warfare”.

In a December 26 tweet, Trump wrote: “If a Democrat Presidential Candidate had an election rigged & stolen, with proof of such acts at a degree by no means seen earlier than, the Democrat Senators would think about it an act of warfare, and struggle to the demise.”

Swalwell additionally referenced how Trump focused particular Republicans and election officers in his tweets.

“This was by no means about one speech, he constructed this mob over many months with repeated messaging, till they believed that they’d been robbed of their votes, and they might do something to cease the certification,” he mentioned.

Home impeachment supervisor Eric Swalwell spoke at Donald Trump’s Senate trial [J Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press]

Castro particulars development of Trump’s declare election was ‘stolen’

Impeachment supervisor Joaquin Castro argued that Trump’s claims that the vote can be “rigged” or “stolen” months earlier than election day laid the groundwork for the Capitol violence, claims he constructed on as he continued to disclaim the election outcomes.

“That is clearly a person who refuses to just accept the chance, or the fact, in our democracy of dropping an election,” he mentioned.

“Are you able to think about telling your supporters that the one approach you may probably lose is that if an American election was rigged and stolen from you?” Castro requested senators. “Ask your self whether or not you’ve ever seen anybody at any degree of presidency make the identical declare about their very own election.”

Home impeachment supervisor Joaquin Castro speaks on the impeachment trial of Donal Trump [Reuters]

Neguse focuses on Trump phrases: ‘Election was stolen’, ‘cease the steal’, and ‘Struggle like hell’

Home supervisor Joe Neguse mentioned the prosecution will concentrate on three repeated phrases Trump used: The “election was stolen”, “Cease the steal”, and “struggle like hell”.

Neguse known as the riot “a part of a fastidiously deliberate months-long effort with a really particular instruction to indicate up on January 6, and get [his supporters] to struggle the certification”.

“This mob was properly orchestrated. Their conduct was intentional. They did all of it in plain sight proudly overtly and loudly, as a result of they believed, they really believed that they had been doing this for him,” he mentioned.

Neguse mentioned Trump’s January 6 speech moments earlier than the riot was a “name to arms. It was not rhetorical. A few of his supporters had been primed for a lot of months.”

Home impeachment supervisor Joe Neguse arrives on the US Capitol [Manuel Balce Ceneta/The Associated Press]

Raskin: Riot was ‘a day of celebration’ to Trump

Citing a tweet Trump wrote at 18:01 pm ET after the riot subsided, Jamie Raskin mentioned it “was all completely pure and foreseeable to Donald Trump” and that the previous president handled it as “a day of celebration”.

Trump tweeted “These are the issues and occasions that occur when the sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly and unfairly handled for therefore lengthy.”

Raskin argued, “he mainly says, ‘I advised you this may occur.’ After which he provides, ‘keep in mind this present day endlessly.’ However not as a day of shame, a day of horror and trauma, as the remainder of us keep in mind it, however as a day of celebration, a day of commemoration.”

A tweet from Donald Trump is proven to senators as Home impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin speaks throughout the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump [The Associated Press]

Raskin remembers Trump advised Capitol rioters: ‘We love you’

Raskin argued that Trump confirmed little regret throughout and after the lethal US Capitol riot, noting the president advised rioters “we love you” and that they had been “particular” in a video tackle urging them to go residence.

Raskin additionally famous that Trump tweeted shortly after the riot saying “these are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly and unfairly handled for therefore lengthy”.

“Bear in mind this present day endlessly,” Trump advised his supporters.

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell arrives for the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. [Susan Walsh/The Associated Press]

Lead home manger Raskin: Trump ‘inciter in chief’

Starting arguments within the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial, lead Home impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin rebutted the defence’s declare that the president’s feedback weren’t immediately linked to the US Capitol riot.

Raskin mentioned the Home managers will current proof that reveals “President Trump was no harmless bystander” and that “he clearly incited the January 6 rebellion”.

“The proof will present you that he noticed it coming, and was not remotely stunned by the violence,” he mentioned.

The proof will present that Trump had been “warned that these followers had been ready for a violent assault focusing on us on the Capitol via media reviews, legislation enforcement reviews, and even arrests,” he mentioned

The proof “will present Donald Trump surrendered his function as commander in chief and have become inciter in chief,” calling Trump the individual “singularly accountable” for inciting the violence.

Home impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin speaks throughout the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump [The Associated Press]

Georgia prosecutors provoke felony investigation into Trump: Report

Prosecutors in Fulton County in Georgia have begun a felony investigation into Trump’s makes an attempt to overturn the election leads to the state, together with a cellphone name through which he pressured Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to vary the vote depend, in line with US media reviews.

The New York Instances reported the county prosecutor despatched letters to a number of officers, together with Raffensperger, requesting they protect paperwork associated to “an investigation into makes an attempt to affect the administration of the 2020 Georgia Common Election”.

The letter didn’t point out Trump by title, however an unnamed official advised the newspaper the investigation is said to the previous president’s intervention.

The investigation was reported shortly earlier than the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial, through which Home prosecutors will search to attach the president’s makes an attempt to overturn the election with the violence on the US Capitol on January 6.

Learn extra right here.

Democratic impeachment managers to indicate unreleased riot footage

Home impeachment managers, who ran a graphic 13-minute video of Trump’s January 6 remarks blended with social media footage of the US Capitol rioters, will present unreleased footage from Capitol safety cameras on Wednesday, reviews The Related Press information company.

The aim: to indicate “simply how shut Trump’s mob got here to senators, members of Congress and employees”, a Democratic supply advised PBS.

The Democratic impeachment managers will argue their case over the subsequent two days earlier than Trump’s authorized crew gives their defence on Friday and Saturday.

Who’s who in Trump’s impeachment

9 impeachment managers, serving as prosecutors, will give as much as 16 hours of arguments connecting Trump’s statements and makes an attempt to overturn the election outcomes to the lethal violence on the US Capitol on January 6.

In the meantime, Trump’s defence, led by a former district lawyer from Pennsylvania and a former lawyer for Trump ally Roger Stone, will argue that the president’s statements had been protected as freedom of speech and weren’t immediately linked to the violence.

Senators will function jurors. Democrats and Republicans presently maintain 50 seats every within the 100-member chamber. A two-thirds majority is required to convict.

Listed below are the important thing gamers in Trump’s impeachment.

Recap of Tuesday’s proceedings

Home managers on Tuesday argued that almost all constitutional students imagine {that a} former president can face an impeachment trial.

Their arguments included a video montage of violence on the US Capitol on January 6 intercut with Trump’s baseless claims the election had been “stolen” from voters.

Lead impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin gave an emotional account of his daughter visiting the Capitol on the day of the riot, a day after the household had buried his son.

Trump’s defence, in the meantime, targeted on the minority of students who say a president can’t face impeachment after leaving workplace, and sought to painting the proceedings as a misguided effort to forestall Trump from working once more in 2024.

Make amends for yesterday’s occasions right here.

Billboard vans parked on the Nationwide Mall close to the US Capitol throughout the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in Washington, DC [Jose Luis Magana/AP Photo]

Trump furious at attorneys’ efficiency, however end result unlikely to vary

Trump, who watched the impeachment trial on Tuesday from his residence in Palm Seashore, Florida, was livid at his attorneys’ displays, the AP reviews, citing an individual conversant in his pondering.

But their broadly panned efficiency, notably that of former Pennsylvania district lawyer Bruce Castor, which was additionally criticised by Senate Republicans, will virtually actually not end in an sudden conviction of the previous president.

“The interior politics of the Republican Celebration, the politics of Republican major elections for america Senate sooner or later, and the politics of the upcoming contest for the subsequent presidential nomination make it just about unimaginable that sufficient Republicans would facet with the Democrats, whatever the high quality of the proof and whatever the efficiency of the president’s illustration within the Senate trial,” Joseph Ura, a political science professor at Texas A&M College, advised Al Jazeera.

“I believe it is a case the place the result’s by and huge predetermined by the partisanship of the oldsters voting there.”

Trump defence lawyer Bruce Castor gave meandering opening remarks within the impeachment trial of Donald Trump that had been criticised by Republicans and reportedly enraged the previous president [Reuters]

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