Washington — House Democrats leading the prosecution of former President Donald Trump are presenting their case for conviction on the second day of his impeachment trial, and are planning to show what aides say is new video evidence showing the extent of the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
The Senate convened for the opening day of the trial on Tuesday, with arguments from the House managers and Mr. Trump’s legal team over the constitutionality of trying a former president in the upper chamber. Senators voted 56 to 44 to find that the Senate has jurisdiction in the case, with six Republicans joining all 50 Democrats.
Led by Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, the House impeachment managers plan to use “extraordinary” footage from Capitol security cameras that has not been made public to illustrate the extent of the January 6 attack and make their case for convicting Mr. Trump, senior aides on the impeachment managers’ team said Wednesday.
“It will provide new insight into both the extreme violence that everyone suffered, the risk and the threat that it could have led to further violence to many but for the brave actions of the officers and shows really the extent of what Donald Trump unleashed on our Capitol,” one aide said.
Mr. Trump was impeached by the House while still in office on one count of incitement of insurrection for his conduct surrounding the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in which a pro-Trump mob stormed the halls of Congress and temporarily halted the counting of electoral votes. The then-president had addressed the crowd of supporters earlier in the day, urging them to “fight like hell.”
During Tuesday’s session, the Democrats laid out a timeline of events leading up to the Capitol attack, showing senators a dramatic video montage of violent mobs overrunning the Capitol, interlaced with Mr. Trump’s remarks and tweets. Raskin urged senators to find the trial constitutional and ultimately vote to convict, arguing that if Mr. Trump’s conduct “is not an impeachable offense, then there is no such thing.”
Mr. Trump’s legal team struggled to present a convincing argument against holding the trial, with one attorney offering a meandering hour-long monologue that evaded the central questions at hand. The lawyers earned reprimands from GOP senators after the arguments concluded, and the former president himself was said to be angry at his team’s performance.
Wednesday’s trial session will feature Raskin and the House impeachment managers presenting their case for conviction. They have eight hours to argue their case, and can continue for another eight hours on Thursday if needed. Following their arguments, Mr. Trump’s team will have the same amount of time to present their side.
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