Dems: Trump aimed 'loaded cannon' of supporters at Capitol

Wednesday, 03 Feb, 2021

"A president who violently attacks the democratic process has no right to participate in it". The two prominent SC attorneys left after they and the former president failed to reach agreement on the best impeachment strategy, according to media reports.

Schoen's and Castor's names will likely be familiar.

According to a different person with knowledge of the legal hires, Bowers and Barbier left the team because Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on allegations of election fraud, and the lawyers were not willing to do so.

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The effort to present new video evidence and witness testimony appears created to make Republican senators as uncomfortable as possible as they prepare to vote to acquit Trump, as most have indicated they will do. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that a private citizen can be put on trial in the Senate. Trump's upcoming Senate trial.

The date looms despite all but five Republicans voting to challenge the constitutional grounds of convicting a former president.

Pushing back against this claim, the House managers noted that the Constitution gives the Senate the "sole power to try all impeachments", and said refusing to put a former president on trial gives future presidents a license to commit impeachable offenses in his or her final days in office and then simply resign in order to evade accountability.

Republican Senator John Cornyn - one of the 100 members of the Senate who will serve as jurors in Trump's second impeachment trial - said that argument would be "really not material" to the charge that Trump's remarks urging supporters to "fight" on January 6 led to the attack on the Capitol that left five dead.

House members voting on Trump's second impeachment
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Trump has struggled to find attorneys willing to defend him after becoming the first president in history to be impeached twice.

The trial of the former president for alleged "incitement of insurrection" over the storming of the Capitol by his supporters has exposed a rift between Trump loyalists who dominate the Republican Party, and its moderate wing.

"This process is completely unconstitutional and it is a very, very unsafe road to take with respect to the First Amendment, putting at risk any passionate political speaker which is really against everything we believe and in this country", he said during an appearance on "Hannity".

The legal brief lays out for the first time the arguments House lawmakers expect to present at the impeachment trial. The Senate declined to convict him in that proceeding, and it now appears highly unlikely that a conviction - which requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate - will happen in this impeachment.

Schoen was also a part of Trump ally Roger Stone's defense team during his trial for witness tampering, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements in relation to Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

In a recent interview, Senate juror and OH lawmaker Rob Portman (R-Ohio) claimed that President Trump's actions were inexcusable.

'Can you imagine the slap in the face that is to the 75 million or more voters who voted for Donald Trump?'