Democratic impeachment managers have finished their arguments, maintaining that Donald Trump incited the January 6 violence. The congressional leaders further warned that if the former president is not impeachment, there are chances that it would happen again.
In a bid to link Trump to the US Capitol riots, the legislators used the rioters’ own words while stating that the unusual chaos had also caused long-term damage to the American democracy. Besides that, the Democrats also presented accounts from intelligence agencies, police, and foreign media to pursue their case. Meanwhile, Trump’s legal team is scheduled to present their arguments on Friday.
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Last month, the lower chamber of the US Congress impeached Trump, alleging that the former president incited his supporters ahead of the assault on the US Capitol. This week, the lawmakers have been presenting their case to the Senators. On the other hand, Trump’s lawyers have maintained that he was exercising his right to free speech while addressing his followers on January 6.
Experts suggest that an acquittal for Trump seems likely, given the number of votes required to impeach the former President. so far, only six Republicans have broken the party ranks, while a total of seventeen Republican votes are required to impeach him. However, if the Senate convicts Trump, the congressional leaders could ban him from holding a public office ever again.
Additionally, the Democrats argued that Trump had done long-term damage to the American democracy. Diana DeGette, the impeachment manager, argued that Trump’s refusal to denounce what the FBI called the most dangerous element of the US, made the situation worse. Congressman Joaquin Castro maintained that the Capitol riots had shocked the American allies, while adversaries mocked the nation.