Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial defense started Friday with a video montage repudiation of alleged hypocrisy from congressional Democrats.
Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen performed clips of Home Democrats — together with lead impeachment supervisor Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) — objecting in 2016 to certification of Trump’s electors.
“The complete Democratic Get together and nationwide information media spent the final 4 years repeating with none proof that the 2016 election had been hacked — and falsely and absurdly claimed the president of the US was a Russian spy,” van der Veen stated.
The defense legal professional stated Trump was not responsible of inciting the mob that disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory and that there’s rising proof that it was a pre-planned assault.
It was the fault of “a small group who got here to have interaction in violent and menacing habits and hijacked the occasion for their very own functions,” he stated.
Democrats appearing as prosecutors argued that the riot, which immediately claimed 5 lives, was the outcome of a months-long scheme by Trump to falsely declare voter fraud was chargeable for Biden’s win after which assemble a mob to intimidate Congress.
His legal professionals rebutted that. “In contrast to the left, President Trump has been fully constant in his opposition to mob violence,” van der Veen stated. “He opposes it in all kinds, everywhere, simply as he has been constant that the Nationwide Guard ought to be deployed to defend American communities wherever safety is required.”
Van der Veen famous that violent protests final 12 months by Black Lives Matter activists had been supported by many Democratic officers. In a notable distinction, authorities led by the Secret Service had been ready to maintain their line outdoors the White Home in Might and June, he stated.
“Within the wake of the Capitol assault, it have to be investigated whether or not correct drive posture was not initiated due to the political stress stemming from the occasions at Lafayette Sq.,” van der Veen stated, referring to the daylight dispersal of protesters in June earlier than Trump posed for a photograph op at an arson-damaged church.