Live impeachment updates: Democrats show videos of rioters saying Trump invited them to breach Capitol

Written by on February 10, 2021

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., tried to enchantment to some Republican senators by studying aloud belittling messages from President Donald Trump.

One tweet from Trump the day earlier than the riot learn “I hope the Democrats, and much more importantly, the weak and ineffective RINO part of the Republican Social gathering, are trying on the hundreds of individuals pouring into D.C.”

“RINO” is a derisive time period that stands for “Republican in identify solely.”

The tweet tagged Sens. Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn and John Thune. Swalwell learn their names aloud whereas every of them. By tagging the senators in his tweet, Swalwell mentioned, Trump “pressured you to cease this.”

Home Democrats confirmed one other tweet from Trump’s now-banned account that known as out McConnell, studying, “If a Democrat Presidential Candidate had an Election Rigged & Stolen, with proof of such acts at a degree by no means seen earlier than, the Democrat Senators would take into account it an act of battle and battle to the dying.”

“Mitch & the Republicans do NOTHING, simply wish to let it cross. NO FIGHT!” the tweet concluded.

McConnell didn’t react the primary time Swalwell named him. The second time, the Republican chief shifted in his chair, fingers nonetheless clasped in his lap and remained stone-faced.

– Savannah Behrmann and Christal Hayes

Swalwell: After election. Trump exhorted supporters to behave on Jan. 6

After the election was known as, Democratic prosecutor Eric Swalwell mentioned President Donald Trump started to provoke his supporters to indicate up in Washington on Jan. 6 – the day when Congress would ceremoniously tabulate the Electoral Faculty ends in favor of Joe Biden.

It could even be the final alternative for Trump and his supporters to register their opposition to an election he had satisfied them was rigged, they mentioned.

Swalwell, D-Calif., mentioned the by the center of December, the Trump marketing campaign started spending $50 million in adverts to drum house the message that they needed to “cease the steal.”

Trump amplified that message along with his personal appeals in quite a few tweets that talked about Jan. 6. In a Dec. 26 tweet he confirmed on a video display screen, Swalwell mentioned Trump implored his followers to behave: “Historical past will keep in mind By no means hand over. See everybody in D.C. on January 6.”

– Ledyard King

Swalwell recites Trump’s personal phrases towards him

Rep. Eric Swalwell quoted a number of of a whole lot of former President Donald Trump’s tweets and statements groundlessly claiming the election was stolen, as a part of the Home Democratic technique to convict Trump along with his personal phrases within the Senate impeachment trial.

Swalwell, D-Calif., cited a Nov. 15 tweet from Trump that mentioned, “I concede nothing.” On Nov. 17, Trump tweeted: “DEAD PEOPLE VOTED” with out elaboration. On Nov. 28, Trump tweeted: “We have now discovered many unlawful votes. Keep tuned!”

Amongst Trump’s speeches, Swalwell performed a recording of Trump saying that “lifeless individuals had been requesting ballots they usually had been lifeless for years.” Trump mentioned Biden’s margins of victory in some states had been the results of “terribly giant midnight vote dumps.”

However Trump by no means documented the claims. State election officers licensed President Joe Biden’s victory. After which-Lawyer Basic William Barr mentioned the Justice Division discovered no widespread election fraud.

Home prosecutors, who’re known as managers, cost that Trump incited the riot Jan. 6 on the Capitol by questioning the legitimacy of the election for months.

“Donald Trump for months and months assembled the tinder, the kindling, threw on gas to have his supporters consider that the one approach their victory can be lose was if it was stolen,” Swalwell mentioned. “As a substitute of accepting the outcomes, he advised his base extra lies. He doused the flames with kerosene.”

– Bart Jansen

Castro: ‘Huge Lie’ began in spring when he began to see he might lose election

Democratic prosecutors mentioned the seeds of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob had been planted within the feedback and tweets from the then-president months earlier than the election when he noticed his ballot numbers sagging.

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, one of many 9 Democratic impeachment managers, advised senators that across the late spring in 2020, Trump started spinning “his large lie” after he started to consider he may not win reelection.

“And so, he did one thing solely unpresented within the historical past of our nation,” Castro mentioned. “He refused to decide to a peaceable transition of energy.”

Castro performed a sequence of video clips exhibiting Trump elevating doubts in regards to the integrity of the election.

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“The one approach we’re gonna lose this election is that the election is rigged. Do not forget that,” Trump mentioned in a single clip Castro performed for senators.

Then the impeachment supervisor performed a number of different clips quoting supporters as saying they might not think about any approach Trump could possibly be defeated until the opposite facet cheated.

“There’s no approach in hell our president’s going to lose,” one man mentioned in a video clip.

“That is clearly a person who refused to just accept the chance or the truth of shedding an election,” Castro mentioned. “His supporters bought the purpose as nicely.”

– Ledyard King


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‘Cease the rely’: Castro highlights protests at election facilities following election

Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, highlighted that past former President Donald Trump’s “cease the steal” rhetoric was his repeated demand to “cease the rely.”

Castro argued that Trump was being literal by tweeting “STOP THE COUNT” and subsequently, pro-Trump rioters “confirmed up at election facilities throughout the nation to just do that” below his course.

Election employees counted ballots in a number of states for days after the Nov. Three election, as an unprecedented quantity of Individuals voted by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic. The mail-in ballots had been one of many key targets of Trump’s inaccurate claims of fraudulent voting.

After Trump’s campaign towards mail voting, his supporters largely voted in individual, whereas Biden supporters embraced mail voting. Biden supporters dominated mail voting by a 2-to-1 margin nationally. So Trump appeared forward in a number of battleground states the place in-person voting was counted first on election night time. However the race shifted to Biden as mail-in ballots had been counted.

Within the days following Nov. 3, supporters of Trump gathered exterior of election facilities in Georgia, Michigan, Arizona and different states as votes had been being counted inside.

“They purchased into his large lie,” Castro mentioned.

– Savannah Behrmann

Managers present movies and affidavits of rioters saying Trump invited them to breach Capitol

Home managers confirmed movies of a number of individuals saying they had been “following” President Donald Trump’s orders by breaching the Capitol Jan. 6.

A montage performed by Home Democrats throughout the second day of the previous president’s impeachment trial confirmed a number of Trump supporters, throughout and after the riot, saying Trump had “invited” them there.

One girl within the video, Jennifer Ryan, who’d taken a private jet to DC for the riot, mentioned afterwards she was “following my president.”

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., additionally displayed just a few prison complaints from these arrested after the breach, the place a few of these within the mob mentioned “‘they’d have killed (vp) Mike Pence if given the possibility.’”

One other affidavit learn: “ ‘We broke into the Capitol … We bought inside, we did our half.’”

“‘We had been in search of (Speaker of the Home) Nancy (Pelosi) to shoot her within the friggin’ mind however we didn’t discover her,’” the assertion continued.

The rioters “would not have listened to you, to me, to the vp of america…” Neguse mentioned. “They had been following the president. He alone, the Commander in Chief, had the facility to cease them, and he did not.”

– Savannah Behrmann

Neguse quotes former Trump chief of workers: ‘No shock’ Trump spurred mob

Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., quoted former President Donald Trump’s former chief of workers, four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly, as proof that Trump knew he might enflame a crowd to assault the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“No shock what occurred yesterday,” Kelly mentioned in a recording Neguse performed.

Kelly mentioned the day after the riot that “the president is aware of who he’s speaking to when he tweets or he makes statements.” Trump had been elevating baseless claims in regards to the election being stolen for months earlier than the assault.

“He is aware of who he’s speaking to and is aware of what he needs them to do,” Kelly mentioned.

– Bart Jansen

Neguse: Capitol mob thought Trump wished them to behave

Rep. Joe Neguse, one of many prosecutors within the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, mentioned the previous president provoked the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Neguse, D-Colo., cited how Trump for months advised followers he couldn’t lose the election until there was huge fraud. Neguse argued that Trump threatened Georgia state election officers, who warned that his unfounded claims might result in violence.

Democrats on Wednesday confirmed a collage of movies of Trump refusing to again down. “We’re in a battle for the survival of our nation,” Trump mentioned in a single. “We’re going to battle like hell,” he mentioned in one other.

For the assault on the Capitol, Neguse argued the mob thought Trump wished them to take motion.

“Their conduct was intentional,” Neguse mentioned.

Neguse mentioned Trump used his Jan. 6 speech earlier than the riot as a name to arms, reminding senators that rioters scaled the Capitol’s partitions, broke home windows and killed a Capitol police officer.

“This was not only a speech,” Neguse mentioned. “It didn’t simply occur.”

Neguse mentioned Trump should be convicted to forestall future assaults on the nation’s peaceable switch of energy.

– Bart Jansen

Raskin: Trump ‘reveled’ in assault on Capitol

Democratic prosecutors at Donald Trump’s impeachment trial are hoping to show the previous president’s guilt by exhibiting how little regret he confirmed after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.

Not solely did he incite the assault, he loved the second as he watched it unfold, lead Home Democratic prosecutor Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., advised senators.

“He watched it on TV like a actuality present,” Raskin mentioned, citing information stories quoting senior aides to Trump. “He reveled in it.”

Raskin identified that Trump tweeted after the assault, persevering with to unfold “the large lie” about Joe Biden’s win that incited rioters within the first place.

“These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so ceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for thus lengthy.” Trump mentioned within the tweet Raskin highlighted.

“If anybody ever had a doubt as to this focus that day, it was to not defend us, it was to not console us, it was to reward and sympathize and commiserate with the rampaging mob,” Raskin mentioned. “It was to proceed to behave as inciter in chief, not commander in chief, by telling the mob that their election had been stolen from them. Even then, after that vicious assault, he continued to unfold the large lie.”

– Ledyard King and Will Cummings

Raskin: Trump no ‘harmless bystander’

Rep. Jamie Raskin opened Democrats’ arguments Wednesday within the Senate impeachment trial by saying former President Donald Trump was “no harmless bystander” to the violence on the Capitol on Jan. 6, however somebody who enflamed his supporters to riot and was warned they might change into violent.

Raskin mentioned Trump, who baselessly claimed the election was stolen by President Joe Biden, mentioned proof Democrats current will present Trump was warned by media stories, legislation enforcement stories and arrests that his supporters might change into violent.

“In brief, we are going to show that the impeached president was no harmless bystander, whose conduct was ‘completely acceptable,’” mentioned Raskin, D-Md. “He incited this assault and he noticed it coming.”

Trump’s protection group, together with Bruce Castor Jr., in contrast the riot to a foul accident or pure catastrophe for which society sought somebody responsible. Trump gave a speech to the group that later laid siege to the Capitol, however his defenders contend he sought a peaceable protest.

The Home impeached Trump by charging him with inciting the riot. Raskin mentioned the violence was deliberate to disrupt the counting of Electoral Faculty votes that licensed Biden’s victory and aimed even at Vice President Mike Pence, who oversaw the rely.

“To us, it might have felt like chaos and insanity,” Raskin mentioned. “However there was methodology within the insanity that day.”

– Bart Jansen

Second day of Trump’s impeachment trial begins

The second day of former President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment trial has begun, with the Home Democratic prosecutors starting their whole of 16 hours of arguments.

The Home prosecutors, generally known as managers, will current as much as eight of those hours Wednesday. Lead supervisor, Rep. Jamie Raskin, advised senators Tuesday that he wouldn’t lecture them, and would current them with “chilly, laborious info” to show Trump incited the lethal riot on the Capitol final month.

The managers are additionally anticipated to indicate safety digicam footage from the Capitol on Jan. 6 that has by no means been seen earlier than.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., advised reporters on Capitol Hill he “expects” the managers to “spend plenty of their time” inspecting the intent behind Trump’s phrases main as much as the riot.

“There is not any query that there was an riot. There is not any query that the president’s phrases motivated the group. Query is the president, did he actually intend for one thing like this to occur?”

– Savannah Behrmann

Trump lawyer Castor says ex-president pleased with opening arguments

Bruce Castor, a member of Donald Trump’s authorized group whose opening argument within the former president’s second impeachment trial Tuesday was broadly derided, advised reporters that regardless of stories on the contrary, his consumer was blissful along with his efficiency.

Pundits and politicians from throughout the political spectrum criticized Castor’s arguments as unpersuasive and unclear, and his generally meandering language drew social media scorn. Citing unnamed sources, a number of information organizations described Trump as “livid” with Castor as he watched the proceedings from his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida.

However when requested Wednesday if Trump had expressed displeasure along with his argument earlier than the Senate, Castor mentioned, “Removed from it.”

And when requested what he considered the onslaught of criticism that adopted his efficiency, Castor mentioned, “Just one individual’s opinion issues.”

– William Cummings

Democrats to indicate beforehand unseen safety video of riots

WASHINGTON – Home Democrats will present safety footage from the Capitol that has by no means been seen earlier than as they prosecute the Senate impeachment trial towards former President Donald Trump, in line with senior aides.

A 13-minute spotlight reel of the riot Jan. 6, which weaved scenes of violence on the Capitol with Trump’s statements, was the centerpiece of arguments Tuesday over whether or not the trial is constitutional. The Senate voted 56-44, with six Republicans becoming a member of 50 Democrats, to declare it constitutional.

Home prosecutors, who’re known as managers, contend they’ve an opportunity to steer extra Republicans as a result of the proof is compelling.

5 Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania – had joined Democrats in an earlier vote upholding the constitutionality of the trial. They had been joined Tuesday by GOP Sen. Invoice Cassidy, who praised the managers’ arguments.

In a Senate cut up 50-50, no less than 17 Republicans must be part of Democrats for the required two-thirds majority to convict Trump.

Home managers will current as much as eight hours of arguments Wednesday that search as an instance how Jan. 6 was the fruits of Trump’s assaults on the election reasonably than the start, in line with aides.

The managers can even have eight hours Thursday to chronicle months of statements they contend enflamed his supporters with lies in regards to the election being stolen, making a mob that rampaged by the Capitol. The proof will present that Trump attracted violent supporters in order that the end result was foreseeable, in line with aides.

Trump’s protection group has argued that his speech close to the White Home on Jan. 6 earlier than the riots was protected by the First Modification and that he can’t be blamed for what his supporters did. Trump’s protection attorneys can have as much as 16 hours to make their arguments after the Home managers full two days of displays.


Trump’s second impeachment trial kicked off with Home impeachment managers and Trump’s counsel debating if the trial was constitutional. USA TODAY

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The overwhelming majority of the 9 managers led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., are anticipated to talk Wednesday, in line with aides.

The aides described how the trial would unfold below situation of anonymity.

– Bart Jansen

Senators await Democratic proof after emotional first day 

Senators on Wednesday anticipate Democratic prosecutors to dig into the violent Capitol riots of Jan. 6 as they define their case on the second day of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a presentation that will rekindle the trauma of final month’s assault.

The Home Democratic lawmakers prosecuting the case, generally known as managers, are anticipated to current emotional testimony and movies from the riot when the trial resumes at midday. On Tuesday, lead impeachment supervisor Rep. Jamie Raskin performed a graphic 13-minute video exhibiting the violent mob attacking law enforcement officials and ransacking the Capitol. 

The footage left some senators rattled, forcing them to relive the assault that despatched them working for security.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., mentioned she felt “just a little bit on edge watching all of that once more” and small noises within the chamber left her a bit startled.

“It was extra impactful than I believed it was going to be,” she mentioned. “I discovered myself at factors nervously trying up within the gallery.”

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Trump protection lawyer David Schoen says “actual accountability” requires a full investigation into the pre-planning of the U.S. Capitol rioters. USA TODAY

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., mentioned whereas senators had been witnesses, they “had been fairly clustered witnesses” and the video allowed him to totally take within the occasions. 

“That is most likely the longest time I’ve spent really watching video on that matter,” he mentioned. “It was a horrible day.”

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., mentioned whereas it is troublesome, senators and the general public needs to be compelled to pay attention and face particulars of the assault.

“It’s highly effective,” he mentioned. “That is what the trial is about – the trial is about an riot towards the federal authorities so unsure how one can have a trial with out exhibiting what occurred that day.”

He acknowledged it’s going to be laborious for a lot of to relive that day, noting extra footage and particulars are going to be introduced.

“It is gonna be a tricky couple days,” Murphy mentioned. “You are gonna see extra of that extra fairly disturbing video, however I feel it is vital for the Senate and for the general public to see it.”

– Christal Hayes and Nicholas Wu

‘Dad, I do not wish to come again’: Rep. Jamie Raskin, in tears at trial, recounts daughter’s fear during Capitol riot

Democratic managers, led by Raskin, promise new proof and ‘chilly, laborious info’

Home Democratic impeachment managers promise new proof and “chilly, laborious info” as they resume their prosecution of former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial Wednesday.

Home prosecutors, who’re known as managers, can have as much as eight hours Wednesday and eight hours Thursday to elaborate on the wrenching, 13-minute video of the violence on the Capitol Jan. 6 that was performed on the opening of the trial on Tuesday. 

The lead supervisor, Rep. Jamie Raskin, a former constitutional legislation professor at American College, assured senators that he wouldn’t lecture them.

“You’ll not be listening to prolonged lectures from me as a result of our case is predicated on chilly, laborious info,” Raskin mentioned.

Democrats additionally promised to current new proof.

‘They might have killed us all’: House Democrats open Trump impeachment trial with chilling video of Capitol riot


The 56-44 vote got here after 4 hours of arguments from President Trump’s attorneys and the Democratic impeachment managers on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. USA TODAY

Impeachment managers hope to persuade Senate Republicans to convict Trump on a cost of inciting the riot on the Capitol final month. Democrats allege Trump’s phrases and actions immediately brought on the violence that left a number of individuals lifeless. 

The video performed Tuesday summarized the violence by exhibiting rioters smashing their approach into the constructing whereas police had been crushed and bludgeoned. The footage was spliced with Trump’s statements praising members of the group whereas baselessly saying he gained the election.

Wednesday’s proceedings start at midday after the trial withstood a problem from Trump’s authorized group Tuesday. The Senate voted 56-44 to uphold the constitutionality of the trial after Trump’s attorneys mentioned it needs to be dismissed as a result of Trump now not holds workplace. Six Republicans joined the 50 Democrats in voting to maneuver the case ahead.

However the vote advised Trump will doubtless be acquitted as a result of no less than 67 senators is required for conviction and greater than a 3rd of the chamber – all Republicans – objected to transferring ahead with the trial Tuesday.

Trump’s protection group led by Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen had argued that Trump couldn’t be tried as a non-public citizen after leaving workplace. They additionally mentioned Trump’s speech to the mob earlier than it stormed the Capitol was protected by the First Modification.

Trump’s protection group can have as much as 16 hours for arguments over two days after the Home managers end.

– Bart Jansen


Rep. Jamie Raskin recounts his daughter’s worry whereas visiting the U.S. Capitol throughout the January 6 riots. USA TODAY

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