Impeachment Update: Day 2 Starts to Make Case for Trump Inspired Insurrection
WASHINGTON – –
As we approach the third day of the impeachment trial of former President Trump, prosecutors are looking to continue to make their case that the former president was responsible for an insurrection.
This Wednesday efforts bean by the House Impeachment Managers to show that trump was no “innocent bystander” in the deadly capitol riot.
House prosecutors laid out evidence that purportedly showed the president encouraging a crowd to head to the capitol and then doing nothing to stem the violence.
Team trump, the defense team in the trial, is disputing this argument by insisting that the president was only expressing his first amendment rights.
House Impeachment Manager, Representative Joaquin Castro, said, “When President Trump had an opportunity to confront them as the leader of us all, as our commander in chief, what did he tell them? We love you. You’re very special. This was not a condemnation. This was a message of consolation, of support, of praise.”
He was referring to a video statement made on Twitter following the Riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021. In the video that has now been deleted, Trump said, “This was a fraudulent election. But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home, we love you, you’re very special. You’ve seen what happens. You see the way others are treated that are so bad and so evil. I know how you feel.”
The former president seems likely to be acquitted along party vote.
The trial will continue throughout the rest of the week. The Trump defense team will present their case next.