In the Senate on Thursday, proceedings continued to impeach Donald Trump. House Democrats, who served as prosecutors in the impeachment trial, again put forth their case in an effort to prove that he instigated the attack on the Capitol.
California impeachment manager Diana Degett recalled the January 6 events, stressing that they were a riot and that President Trump was the man who sent his supporters to storm the Capitol.
Degette highlighted the similarities between the language used by Trump in a speech earlier in the day and the slogans of his supporters who attacked the Congress building.
In particular, she drew a parallel between the exclamations that were heard in the crowd and the wording previously used by Trump: in both cases, the term “civil war” was used.
In addition, the congresswoman noted that, according to some participants in the attack on the Capitol, they came there because the president wanted them to.
In support of her claims, Degette showed fragments of video footage of the January 6 events.
According to the impeachment manager, the participants in the events hoped that they would not be punished for what they had done, since they were following the president’s orders. Degette illustrated her claim with the words of some Trump supporters who participated in the attack on the Capitol.
The legislator noted that racist slogans were heard in the crowd that broke into the Congress building.
Speaking about the damage done to the United States as a result of the events of January 6, Degette also noted the damage to the country’s international reputation.
Congressman Jamie Raskin, who then spoke, emphasized the role that extremist groups played in these events. According to Ruskin, it was President Trump who urged them to resort to violence.
The congressman illustrated his assertion with excerpts from a number of Trump speeches dating back to earlier times.
The meeting participants were shown, in particular, a video recording of his statement on the riots in Charlottesville in August 2017.
Referring to later events, Ruskin recalled Trump’s reaction to the rhetoric and actions of extremists in Michigan, in particular, to the threats they uttered against Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Linking Trump’s conciliatory statements about Michigan extremists to his January 6 speech, Ruskin said that the now-former president “knew what he was doing,” inciting the crowd to attack the Capitol.
Congressman Ted Liu, who replaced Ruskin on the podium, recalled that Donald Trump never once condemned the attack on the country’s main legislative body and did not express remorse about what happened. The legislator noted, in particular, that even Trump’s appeal to the participants in the assault with a call to disperse contained an expression of sympathy and sympathy for them.
This circumstance makes one think that Donald Trump is ready to do the same in the future as he did on the eve of the attack on Congress, the congressman noted. In this regard, Liu recalled that many representatives of the Republican Party, including lawmakers, were outraged by Trump’s behavior and called him “shameful.”
Congressman David Sislini noted that the attack on the highest US legislature demonstrated a sense of impunity for extremists. In this regard, he again recalled their calls to assassinate US Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The legislator also cited evidence of the danger that other members of the legislature, as well as employees of Congress, were exposed to during the events of January 6.
Dwelling on the racist cries of the crowd that stormed the Capitol, Sislini stressed that in many cases they were directed against law enforcement officers.
The day before, on Wednesday, the prosecution team also focused on these events. Senators serving on the jury were shown new video footage of the riots, showing the assault participants smashing windows in the building and clashing with police. A group of protesters were looking for the Vice President and approached the premises where Pence was with his family within 30 meters. Another group burst into Pelosi’s office, who by that time had already managed to move into cover.
As the assistant to the prosecution team previously reported, on Thursday they planned to demonstrate the “monstrous” scale of the attack and highlight Trump’s role in fomenting the unrest.
Now, after the impeachment managers have finalized their position, the floor will be given to Trump’s lawyers, who will have 16 hours on Friday and Saturday.
The defense insists that the ex-president is not responsible for the attack.
Getting a conviction for Democrats will not be easy, as two-thirds of the senators must vote for it, that is, all 50 Democrats and at least 17 Republicans.