Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

Trump Impeachment Lawyer Thinks Riot Footage Shouldn't Be Shown At Trial

Trump Impeachment Lawyer Thinks Riot Footage Shouldn't Be Shown At Trial

The formalities have begun ahead of former President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate next week.

The House brief is more than 5 times as long as the Trump filing and heavy on footnotes and citations, aiming to construct what Democrats hope will be a detailed roadmap for conviction.

In an exclusive story, Republican officials from the Bush administration told Reuters they were leaving the party given its steadfast loyalty to Trump even after he was impeached by the House of Representatives for a second time - most recently for inciting an insurrection on January 6, when lawmakers were certifying the results of the November elections.

Some legal experts have said it is appropriate to hold the trial after Trump has left office, but there is no clear answer in the U.S. Constitution and no court has ruled on the issue.

"Presidents do not get a free pass to commit high crimes and misdemeanors near the end of their term", they write. He is the first U.S. president to be impeached twice and the first to face trial after leaving office.

Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last week said he would not seek re-election amid the nation's deep political divisions, signalled that it would not help Trump if his defence is simply reasserting the former president's unfounded claims of election fraud. The mob broke into the building in a melee that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, the outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cautioned Democrats against calling witnesses to the stand in Donald Trump's upcoming impeachment trial, warning that the GOP will retaliate by calling in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for further testimony.

In a separate clause, the Constitution says conviction can lead to "removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States". "When other attempts to overturn the presidential election failed, former President Trump incited an attack on the Capitol", it reads.

Trump names 2 attorneys to lead impeachment defense

In the pre-trial brief, Castor and Schoen argue the Senate, which is set to begin hearing the case next week, can not vote to impeach Trump because he no longer holds office.

Nine House of Representatives politicians said Mr Trump pointed a mob "like a loaded cannon" at Congress and said he should be convicted and barred from holding public office in the future.

That claim, despite there being no evidence to support it, propelled the violent assault on the US Capitol that forced Trump's vice president Mike Pence to go into secure hiding and left hundreds of members of Congress fearing for their safety.

Schoen previously represented Trump's long-time adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted in November 2019 of lying under oath to lawmakers who were investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

It argued that he must be found guilty when his impeachment trial opens before the Senate next week on a charge of inciting the siege.

One order formalizes Biden's plans to direct Alejandro Mayorkas, the newly confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security, to lead a task force focused on reuniting several hundred families who remain separated under the former president's "zero tolerance policy".

In an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times previous year, Schoen said he had also been approached by Trump associate Roger Stone before Stone's trial about being part of the team and that he was was later retained to handle his appeal. Schumer previously indicated that the Democrats might not call many witnesses to testify.


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