One of the important thing questions throughout former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial has been what he did whereas it occurred. When did he discover out in regards to the Jan. 6 breach on the U.S. Capitol, and what did he do to cease it?
But Trump’s authorized workforce refused to reply the query on Friday when Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) requested. Instead, Trump legal professional Michael van der Veen blamed House impeachment managers for not telling them.
“With the rush to bring this impeachment, there’s been absolutely no investigation into that,” he mentioned. “That’s the problem with this entire proceeding. The House managers did zero investigation.”
Trump’s workforce, after all, has entry to the person who would know finest: the previous president himself. House Democrats requested to talk with Trump, however his workforce instantly declined, calling the request a “stunt.”
Soon after Collins, Democratic Sens. Ed Markey (Mass.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) requested the identical query, this time directed to the House managers.
Impeachment supervisor Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-V.I.) urged that Trump might have recognized what was happening nearly straight away.
“This attack was on live TV,” she mentioned.
As for what Trump did about it, Plaskett mentioned: “The reason this question keeps coming up is because the answer is, ‘Nothing.’”
Another key query from the trial is when Trump knew that his vice chairman, Mike Pence, was at risk. Trump had criticized Pence for refusing to object to the election outcomes, and at 2:24 p.m. on Jan. 6 he tweeted: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution. … USA demands the truth!”
In his checklist of questions, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) additionally needed to know when Trump knew of the breach and in regards to the timing of his Pence tweets, in response to textual content of questions his employees despatched reporters.
Between 2:14 p.m., when Pence was escorted from the ground, and a pair of:26 p.m., when he was taken to a safe location, Pence was hiding along with his household, in response to impeachment managers. Some of the rioters had been on digital camera chanting “hang Mike Pence” and had erected a gallows outdoors. The insurrectionists got here inside 100 ft of the vice chairman, Plaskett informed senators earlier this week.
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) revealed on Wednesday night that Trump had referred to as him simply because the mob reached the skin of the Senate chamber. “I said ‘Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go,’” Tuberville told Politico. This means that Trump knew Pence was in danger earlier than he tweeted.
When requested in regards to the matter, van der Veen mentioned that Trump didn’t know Pence was at risk on the time. He mentioned that Trump was not conscious, however that both manner, it was not related to an impeachment cost about whether or not Trump incited violence.
“Because the House rushed through this impeachment in seven days there’s almost no evidence,” van der Veen mentioned.
The lawyer famous that at 2:38 p.m., Trump tweeted: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
The Washington Post reported that Trump needed to be talked into together with the phrases “stay peaceful.”
Later throughout the query interval, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), a possible swing vote, requested why Trump had attacked Pence on Twitter after he knew he’d been evacuated, noting Tuberville’s remarks. Again, van der Veen mentioned Trump was not conscious of that scenario and mentioned he was certain Trump was involved about his vice chairman.
According to reports, Trump didn’t name Pence that day or over the next days. The two didn’t communicate for 5 days after the riot.
Of course, there’s a option to get extra proof: Trump or one of many others with information of the scenario may very well be referred to as in to testify.
But most Republicans have already indicated they plan to acquit Trump. Neither aspect is more likely to name for witnesses. What Trump did on Jan. 6 could keep a thriller.
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