WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyers charged Democrats with launching a “blatantly unconstitutional act of political vengeance” as they opened their case on day four of the trial Friday, stating the double normal the previous president is being held to, and highlighting inflammatory rhetoric Democratic lawmakers have used themselves prior to now.
Addressing the chamber, lawyer Michael van der Veen performed a brutal montage of Democratic lawmakers objecting to Trump’s 2016 Electoral School victory and inciting their very own model of political violence.
“This appalling abuse of the Structure solely additional divides our nation after we must be attempting to come collectively round shared priorities,” van der Veen stated, dubbing the trial “constitutional cancel tradition.”
“Like each different politically motivated witch hunt the left has engaged in over the previous 4 years, this impeachment is totally divorced from the info and the curiosity of the American folks,” he stated.
Calling on the Senate to “reject” the “unconstitutional” cost that Trump incited the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, van der Veen stated that Trump was the president of legislation and order as Democrats inspired Black Lives Matter demonstrations final yr, a lot of which turned violent.
“Whereas the President didn’t have interaction in any language of incitement, there are quite a few officers in Washington who’ve certainly used profoundly reckless harmful and inflammatory rhetoric,” van der Veen stated.
“Speaker Pelosi herself stated that the 2016 election was hijacked, and that Congress has an obligation to defend our democracy. She additionally referred to as the president an imposter and a traitor and not too long ago referred to her colleagues within the Home as ‘the enemy inside,’” he added.
“This unprecedented effort is just not about Democrats opposing political violence. It’s about Democrats attempting to disqualify the political opposition,” he stated.
It’s anticipated Trump’s lawyers will solely use roughly 4 of the 16 hours allotted to them to make their case earlier than a vote to convict this weekend.
Throughout their two days of arguments, Democrats offered previously-unseen CCTV footage from the Capitol displaying simply how shut rioters got here to lawmakers.
Trump’s lawyers demanded to know why the footage hadn’t been seen earlier by them, the American folks or why it wasn’t launched by the Division of Justice which is prosecuting a whole lot of instances.
Lawyer David Schoen slammed the Home impeachment managers for doctoring tweets offered within the trial and selectively modifying quotes from Trump’s speech.
In addition they performed damning footage of Democratic lawmakers, together with President Joe Biden, joking about punching Trump, getting within the face of members of Congress, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) telling her supporters to “struggle” dozens of occasions throughout her failed White Home bid.