Impeachment trial – Dems accused of glorifying violence because of ‘fevered hatred of Citizen Trump’ in his defense02/08/2021
DEMOCRATS have been accused of glorifying violence because of their "fevered hatred of Citizen Trump" in his impeachment defense.
The former president's legal team filed a 78 page brief on Monday morning.
"One might have been excused for thinking that the Democrats’ fevered hatred for Citizen Trump and their “Trump Derangement Syndrome” would have broken by now, seeing as he is no longer the President, and yet for the second time in just over a year the United States Senate is preparing to sit as a Court of Impeachment, but this time over a private citizen who is a former President," they wrote.
The lawyers also slammed a "brazen attempt to further glorify violence" by including media reports in their Memorandum.
Democrats want to hold the former president accountable for the violent US Capitol siege and Republicans who want it over as fast as possible.
Last week, Democrats called for Trump to testify, however the former president's defense attorneys declined the request.
President Biden reportedly told journalists on Monday: "He got an offer to come and testify. He decided not to. We’ll let the Senate work that out."
Instead, House managers prosecuting the case are expected to rely on videos from the siege, along with Trump's incendiary rhetoric refusing to concede the election, to make their case.
His new defense team has said it plans to counter with its own cache of videos of Democratic politicians making fiery speeches.
Trump's lawyer, Bruce Castor, told Fox News "you can count on that" when asked if the team will use the seemingly damning videos.
"I’ve been looking at a lot of video over the past couple of days," Mr. Castor said. "You better be careful what you wish for."
The footage will reportedly show Democratic members of Congress calling for violence against Trump administration officials and law enforcement, according to the Washington Times.
Trump is the first president to be twice impeached, and the only one to face trial after leaving the White House.
However, his defense team argue that the trial should not go ahead as Trump has already left office.
The Democratic-led House approved a sole charge, "incitement of insurrection," acting swiftly one week after the riot, the most violent attack on Congress in more than 200 years.
Five people died including a woman shot by police inside the building and a police officer who died of injuries the next day.
Democrats argue it’s not only about winning conviction, but holding the former president accountable for his actions, even though he’s out of office.
For Republicans, the trial will test their political loyalty to Trump and his enduring grip on the GOP.
Initially repulsed by the graphic images of the siege, Republican senators including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell denounced the violence and pointed a finger of blame at Trump.
But in recent weeks GOP senators have rallied around Trump arguing his comments do not make him responsible for the violence.
They question the legitimacy of even conducting a trial of someone no longer in office.
On Sunday, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi described Trump's impeachment trial as a "meaningless messaging partisan exercise."
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky called the proceedings a farce with “zero chance of conviction" and described Trump’s language and rally words as “figurative” speech.
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