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After a prosecution case rooted in emotive, violent images from the Capitol siege, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial shifted on Friday to defense lawyers who argued that Trump had nothing to do with the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Trump’s defense lawyer Michael van der Veen began his argument in the Senate on Friday by calling the article of impeachment against Trump an "unjust and blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance." He added, "like every other politically-motivated witch hunt the left has engaged in over the past four years, this impeachment is completely divorced of the facts, the evidence and the interests of the American people."
Trump lawyer David Schoen played an edited video of several members of the Democrat party using the word "fight" during public speaking engagements. "That’s okay. You didn’t do anything wrong, it’s a word people use, but please stop the hypocrisy," Schoen said.
Impeachment managers wrapped up their case against the former president on Thursday.
The House has charged Trump, a Republican, with inciting an insurrection by exhorting thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol on Jan. 6, the day Congress gathered to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election win.
Democrats face a difficult task in securing a Senate conviction and barring Trump from ever again seeking public office. A two-thirds majority in the Senate must vote to convict, which means at least 17 Republicans would have to defy Trump and his continued popularity among Republican voters.
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