Trump "Singularly Responsible" For Capitol Attack- House Impeachment Managers

The nine Democratic House impeachment managers laid out their case against Donald Trump in a pre-trial brief filed on Tuesday, as the former president’s legal team filed a memorandum of its own in defence of his actions surrounding the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol.
Mr Trump, the impeachment managers argue in their brief, was “singularly responsible” for fomenting resentment among millions of his supporters with lies about the 2020 election results, firing up a crowd of his supporters on 6 January based on those lies, and aiming them like a “loaded cannon” towards the US Capitol, where they sacked the building in a deadly riot that forced lawmakers to evacuate or find cover. 

 The Democrats’ 80-page trial memorandum, posted in full on the House Judiciary Committee website, provides a preview of how lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin of Maryland will prosecute his case against Mr Trump.

 “He summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue. 

As the Capitol was overrun, President Trump was reportedly ‘delighted,’” the memo states, citing reporting from several news outlets about the president’s reaction in real time to the chaos at the Capitol. 

 “Rather than take immediate steps to quell the violence and protect lives, President Trump left his Vice President and Congress to fend for themselves while he lobbied allies to continue challenging election results,” the impeachment managers accuse in their memo. 

 The ex-president’s lawyers, meanwhile, wrote in their 14-page response to the impeachment that Mr Trump was within his rights to question the 2020 election results and galvanise his supporters to his cause. 

 “After the November election, the 45th president exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect, since with very few exceptions, under the convenient guise of Covid-19 pandemic 'safeguards' states election laws and procedures were changed by local politicians or judges without the necessary approvals from state legislatures,” they wrote.

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