The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump kicked off Tuesday with a video compilation exhibiting a number of the darkest moments of the assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The footage emphasised Tump’s function in spurring on the violent riot, which is the topic of his impeachment trial, because it walked senators by way of a timeline of the occasions on Jan. 6. It began with Trump’s speech on the rally close by, the place he urged his supporters to “stop the steal” of the election and march to the Capitol, the place lawmakers had been gathered to certify the election in President Joe Biden’s favor.
“You need to fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore,” Trump says within the clips, which had been interspersed with video of his supporters storming the Capitol, looking for lawmakers, and saying they want extra weapons
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the lead impeachment supervisor, urged senators to contemplate what the footage confirmed.
“You asked what a high crime and misdemeanor is under our Constitution; that’s a high crime and misdemeanor,” Raskin stated, referring to Trump’s habits. “If that’s not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing.”
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