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House Managers Preview Senate Impeachment Trial Argument

On Jan. 2, 2021, the legal team representing former U.S. President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate presented their defense argument with a document containing a glaring misspelling.

The House impeachment managers accuse Donald Trump of summoning a mob to Washington, D.C., on January 6, whipping the crowd "into a frenzy" and then aiming them "like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, pinning the blame for the deadly violence that ensued directly on the former president.

The Democrats' brief, along with a 14-page defense from Trump's lawyers, offer a preview of arguments both sides will likely make during the Senate trial, which begins February 9.

Castor gave the plain language defense in an interview with a Philadelphia radio station after he and lawyer David Schoen submitted a legal brief used more formal language to deny the charge of 'incitement of insurrection'.

More than 370 Capitol Hill staffers signed a letter Wednesday asking U.S. senators to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial.

Trump's team denied that the former president wants his attorneys to focus on unfounded claims of election fraud.

"The president exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect", the lawyers wrote.

Trump is facing impeachment for a second time over accusations he incited a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. His comments weren't like shouting fire in a crowded theater, Raskin said, but like a fire chief sending a mob to the theater, according to the source.

The mob stormed the Capitol, fatally wounded one police officer, wrecked furniture and forced terrified lawmakers and vice president Mike Pence to hide, interrupting a ceremony to put the legal stamp on Biden's victory. Members of the 100-seat Senate will serve as jurors in his impeachment trial, due to begin next week.

Dobbs went on to ask, "Why is the president even responding to this?"

The pre-trial brief also noted how rioters stated publicly that they stormed the Capitol at Trump's urging.

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Daniel Bishop (R-N.C.) kicked things off by formally introducing a resolution calling on Cheney to step down from her post. Adam Kinzinger, the Republican Jewish Coalition and several prominent members of the party to take action against Greene".

The Democratic memo, meanwhile, accurately quotes Trump's falsehoods about the election and his incendiary rhetoric, and catalogs judges' decisions rejecting his post-election arguments.

Last week, 45 of the 50 Republican senators voted in favour of a failed bid to dismiss the impeachment charge as unconstitutional because Mr Trump has left office.

"We have our lawyers in place, we have a solid team, and we're looking ahead", he said.

The House managers argue that there is precedent for holding former office holders responsible for their actions, although none of those instances involved a president.

"Presidents do not get a free pass to commit high crimes and misdemeanors near the end of their term", they write. The Senate held it anyway.

Trump's lawyers don't dispute that he told supporters to "fight like hell" before the Capitol siege.

House impeachment managers echoed that sentiment in a brief filed on Tuesday, arguing that Trump was "singularly responsible" for fomenting the assault on the Capitol after he "summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue".

Lawyers have not yet sought dismissal of charges or acquittal during a trial based on the idea that Mr Trump incited their clients, instead making the claim as part of efforts to spare them from pretrial detention.

While they acknowledge that Trump questioned the election results, they argue that his statements that allegedly incited violence were constitutionally protected speech.

Democrats also rejected the reasoning that Trump can not be tried once out of office. These efforts, according to the article of impeachment, included a January 2 phone call to the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to "find" enough votes to overturn Biden's win in that state.

Failure to convict Trump "would embolden future leaders to attempt to retain power by any and all means - and would suggest that there is no line a president can not cross".

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