Donald Trump’s lawyers responded to the charges in the impeachment court, claiming that supporters of the former president attacked the Capitol on January 6 of their own free will.
Trump’s trial in the Senate will begin on Tuesday. The House of Representatives decided last month that Trump should be tried for a second time in the Senate.
In a speech before the congressional attack, Trump was accused of “inciting rebellion.” Trump said he would not testify in the Senate.
When Trump supporters stormed the Congress building, five people, including a police officer, were killed and politicians and workers were forced into hiding.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Lawyers also claim that the court is unconstitutional because Trump has resigned and is a simple citizen.
Democrats say Trump’s repeated refusal to admit defeat and his rhetoric in his Jan. 6 speech sparked the uprising. Lawyers claim that Trump is only exercising his right to freedom of expression.
What will happen on Tuesday?
The Senate hearing will begin with a four-hour debate, followed by a vote on whether the process is unconstitutional.
As expected, if the process is adopted as constitutional, a 16-hour presentation will be given to both parties on Wednesday afternoon.
But for Trump to be convicted, two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor. That means 17 Republican senators support 50 Democratic senators.
On Jan. 26, 45 of the 50 Republican members supported the motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming it was unconstitutional.
What are the charges?
Democrats in the prosecution during Donald Trump’s trial in the Senate said the former president was personally responsible for the congressional attack and should be punished.
In a written briefing before the court, Democrats said Trump’s repeated refusal to accept the election results paved the way for a “rebellion against the republic he swore to protect.”
They claim that Trump’s statements turned the “uncontrolled” demonstration on January 6 into a dust bag ready to explode at any moment.
Democrats will try to disprove the thesis that the “angry crowd” was “preparing to resort to violence” with Trump’s spark, using the words of the former president himself and footage from the congressional raid.
Democrats say there is evidence that “President Trump attacked Congress when other attempts to change the outcome of the presidential election failed.”
They continue to emphasize that Trump is no longer in charge and will be responsible for everything he does from the first day to the last.
Democrats also want the former president removed from office for life.