The U.S. Senate began hearing the arguments of the defense of Trump
The US Senate has begun to hear the arguments of the defense of the ex-President Donald Trump in the impeachment case.
This is reported by Reuters
On the fourth day of the hearing, Trump's lawyers will argue against the charges brought by Democratic prosecutors.
It is expected that the defense will prove within 3-4 hours that the ex-president did not incite the storming of the Capitol on January 6, as a result of which it was necessary to suspend the procedure for approving the election results and evacuate members of Congress. As a result of the events, five people were killed, including one police officer.
In the opening speech, the defense began by saying that Trump has the right to freedom of speech under the Constitution, and the prosecution did not directly show the connection between the actions of Trump's supporters and his words.
вЂњThe impeachment clause introduced in the Senate is an unfair and blatantly unconstitutional act of political revenge,вЂќ Trump's defense lawyer Michael van der Veen said, calling the case a вЂњpolitically motivated witch hunt.вЂќ
In previous days, the House impeachment team has cited evidence of its accusations that Trump incited the Capitol assault. During the trial, new footage from the Capitol's internal security cameras was also shown for the first time. As the video shows, the crowd at some points was very close to members of Congress, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and his family.
Recall, the US House of Representatives on January 13 for the second time impeached Trump, accusing him of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol.
Donald Trump is the only US president in history to have been impeached twice, and one of only three to have been impeached. During the first impeachment trial in connection with the accusations of pressure on the president of Ukraine, the Senate acquitted Trump.
A conviction requires a two-thirds majority in the Senate, meaning that at least 17 Republican senators will have to challenge Trump, who remains popular with most Republican voters and has shown interest in running for president again in 2024.
Democrats are unlikely to get a conviction and ban Trump from ever holding public office again, given that only six Republicans voted with them to continue the process.
вЂњIf you think that this is not what impeachment is necessary for, then what is it for? If you do not consider this a serious crime, it will set a new, terrible standard of inappropriate behavior of the US president, вЂњ said Jamie Raskin, a representative of the impeachment team, adding that in this case, Trump can run for office again and the story of not admitting defeat in the election can repeat itself.
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