After two days of hearing the prosecution’s arguments, Donald Trump’s lawyers spent just three hours presenting the case for the defense of the former United States president at the trial of impeachment.
The lawyer Michael Van der Veen classified the accusation as “an act of political revenge, unjust and blatantly unconstitutional”.
After the prosecution resorted to showing videos, Trump’s lawyers used the same method and showed senators a montage with excerpts from Trump’s speeches to appeal to “law and order” in the country, arguing that peace has always been a priority for Trump during his term.
The defense showed a video of Democratic politicians using the word “fight”. The 10-minute montage was attended by many Democratic senators, in addition to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris when they were in the 2020 election campaign, calling the “fight” hundreds of times in speeches and on television.
Van der Veen called the trial an act of political exploitation and said the charge was “wrong in the facts”.
David Schoen, another Trump lawyer, accused Democrats of “Manufacture” evidence and exhibited a photograph published by The New York Times where you can see Congressman Jamie Raskin looking at two Trump tweets shown in the Senate dated January 3, 2020. However, it was 2021. For Schoen, this proves that Democrats did not show the actual tweets, but yes mounts.
Schoen also said that most of the prosecution’s arguments were based on “Reports” from the press – and not in factual evidence.
The lawyer also accused remove much of the necessary context of certain videos to understand Trump’s words correctly.
Another of the arguments on the table is that of freedom of expression. According to the defense, the ex-president’s speech is protected by the 1st amendment to the American Constitution.
“Let us be clear: this trial is much more than President Trump,” said attorney Bruce Castor, ending his defense of the defense of the former United States president. “Its about nullify 75 million Trump voters and penalize political opinions. That’s what this trial is about, ”he said. “The Senate should vote quickly and decisively to reject it,” he asked.
The US Senate approved, with the votes of Democratic senators and some Republicans, the continuation of the judicial process for the removal of the former President.
Despite this, Trump’s sentencing does not seem likely, since a two-thirds majority would be needed – 67 senators. For that, 17 Republicans they would have to join the Democrats. In Tuesday’s vote, only six were willing to do so.
Trump is the first President of the United States to be subject twice to a dismissal process in the same term and the only one to be judged politically after he has already left office.
The first impeachment it was approved by the House of Representatives in December 2019 for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, by pressuring Ukraine to launch an investigation against Joe Biden, now President, and his son Hunter. The Senate ended up acquitting Trump in February last year.
Maria Campos, ZAP //