Impeachment: Democrats Argue Trump Knew Supporters Would Show Up to Riot

Date: 2021-02-12 21:57:07

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The impeachment trial of former U.S. President Donald Trump entered a question and answer session Friday afternoon, after the defense lawyers wrapped up their presentation.

Both the House Impeachment managers and the Trump defense team were using their last remarks to highlight their respective cases.

Trump’s lawyers argued for three hours Friday that he didn’t incite the Jan. 6 rally crowd to riot at the U.S. Capitol and that his words were merely figures of speech. They say the case against Trump was a political witch hunt by Democrats and was not valid because he is no longer in office.

Their truncated defense barely used the full time allotted, 16 hours over two days. Many senators minds appear already made up.

Trump is accused of incitement of insurrection in the mob siege at the Capitol. Five people died. Senators will next be able to ask the lawyers questions when the trial resumes.

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