Donald Trump’s defense lawyer attacks Democrats for showing the MAGA riot footage claiming it is ‘the antithesis of the healing process’ as he prepares to launch his case tomorrow
- Donald Trump defense attorney David Schoen attacked Democrats for showing never-before-seen footage from the January 6th MAGA riot
- ‘They’re making a movie, you know, they haven’t in any way tied it to Donald Trump,’ he said, adding Trump condemned the violence
- ‘And it I think it’s offensive, quite frankly, it’s antithesis the healing process to continue to show the tragedy that happened here,’ he noted
- Trump’s defense team will make its case on Saturday
- They are expected to only need one day to argue for former president
- That sets up a Senate vote on Trump’s fate for Saturday
- Trump expected to be acquitted
Donald Trump defense attorney David Schoen on Thursday attacked Democrats for showing never-before-seen footage from the January 6th MAGA riot, calling it ‘the antithesis of the healing process.’
‘They’re making a movie, you know, they haven’t in any way tied it to Donald Trump,’ he told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. ‘And it I think it’s offensive, quite frankly, it’s antithesis the healing process to continue to show the tragedy that happened here that Donald Trump has condemned, and I think it tears at the American people.’
House impeachment managers showed never-before-seen security camera footage from the riot as they made their case Wednesday, dramatic scenes that left senators watching in silence at images of lawmakers fleeing from rioters, who were heard threatening death and violence.
Trump’s defense team will make its case on Saturday after House impeachment managers spent two days arguing Trump has a history of inciting violence and violated his oath of office by encouraging his supporters to march on the Capitol on January 6th.
The former president’s team is only expected to use Saturday and has previewed its defense: claiming that Democrats cannot constitutionally impeach a former president and that Trump’s rally on January 6th was free speech, not incitement.
Trump’s legal team will wrap their presentation by Friday evening, Trump adviser Jason Miller told NBC News.
That sets up a Senate vote on Trump’s fate for Saturday. The former president is expected to be acquitted as 17 Republicans would have to vote for his conviction – a margin that Democrats are not expected to get.
‘This trial never should have happened, and if that happens, it should be as short as possible, given the complete lack of evidence, and the harm that this is causing to the American people,’ Schoen told Fox News on Thursday, appearing on a news network Trump frequently watches as House impeachment managers made their case against the former president on the Senate floor.
Donald Trump defense attorney David Schoen attacked Democrats for showing never-before-seen footage from the January 6th MAGA riot
House impeachment managers Stacey Plaskett and Eric Swalwell on Wednesday showed never-before-seen footage from the MAGA riot to make their case against Donald Trump
Schoen also complained about the pace of the trial and lack of due process. The House voted on the article of impeachment against Trump one week after the riot. Ten Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats, impeaching Trump on the charge of violating his oath of office with inciting the insurrection.
‘Complete lack of due process, no investigation in this case, no opportunity to test the evidence in this case. No setting in this country where someone’s guilt or innocence is being adjudicated with this kind of thing be permitted. That’s why we have rules against things like hearsay and require other credibility and reliability. For an impeachment process, it is offensive,’ the attorney said.
As part of their prosecution Wednesday, Democrats showed dramatic footage from the Capitol on January 6th showed Secret Service agents rushing Vice President Mike Pence out of his hiding place near the Senate chamber while Speaker Nancy Pelosi had to be taken from the complex entirely as the MAGA rioters threatened to kill them.
On the day of the Capitol Hill riot, Donald Trump sent his tweet blasting Mike Pence for ‘lacking courage’ to overturn the election results after learning his vice president was removed from the Senate floor for his own safety.
Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville revealed that he spoke to Trump the afternoon of January 6th, the day Congress was certifying the election results.
Tuberville told reporters Wednesday night that he told Trump he couldn’t talk because the rioters had broken into the Capitol.
‘I don’t know if you’ve ever talked to President Trump. You don’t get many words in, but, uh, he didn’t get a chance to say a whole lot because I said “Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go,”‘ he said.
The phone call between Trump and Tuberville had been reported on before but the fact Tuberville told the president about Pence is new information. It had been unclear when Trump learned what kind of danger Pence was in that day.
Pence was removed from the Senate chamber at 2:14 p.m., according to video footage from that day. He was hidden in a room nearby, with his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte.
Trump sent his tweet at 2:24 p.m.
‘Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,’ he wrote.
At 2:26 p.m., Pence was moved again – this time from the room he was in near the Senate chamber to a more secure location in the Capitol complex.
Never-before-seen security camera footage from January 6th shows Vice President Mike Pence and his family being rushed from their hiding place near the Senate chamber to a more secure location
Republican Senator Tommy Tuberville revealed he told President Trump on January 6th that Mike Pence was removed from the Senate for his own safety: ‘I said “Mr. President, they just took the vice president out, I’ve got to go”‘
President Trump sent a tweet attacking Pence for ‘lacking courage’ to overturn the election results after he spoke to Tuberville
Dramatic new footage showed Vice President Mike Pence, his wife and his daughter being removed to safety as MAGA mob crowds spread throughout the building
The rioters had broken into the Capitol at 2:11 p.m., causing the removal of Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was presiding in the House.
That afternoon, Trump called Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah – but by accident.
Trump thought he was calling Tuberville, who had said he would object to the electoral votes of some states.
Trump wanted to talk to Tuberville about expanding his challenges and slowing down the certification process even further. But he dialed Lee by mistake.
Tuberville spoke about the call because it came up on Wednesday, during the Democratic impeachment managers’ case against the former president.
Rep. David Cicilline, during his presentation, told an anecdote that was based on a story in Deseret News that cited Lee as its source, where Lee talked about Trump accidentally calling him as he sought to reach Tuberville.
‘Senator Lee describes it, he had just ended a prayer with his colleagues here in the Senate chamber and the phone rang, it was Donald Trump,’ Cicilline said.
‘And how Senator Lee describes it is the phone call goes something like this,’ the Rhode Island Democrat continued. ‘”Hey Tommy,”‘ Trump asks. And Senator Lee says this isn’t Tommy. And he hands the phone to Sen. Tuberville.’
‘Senator Lee stood by as Senator Tuberville and President Trump spoke on the phone and on that call Donald Trump reportedly asked Senator Tuberville to make additional objections to the certification process,’ Cicilline explained.
Lee also told the publication that Tuberville and Trump spoke for about five to 10 minutes. He said he stood nearby to ensure he didn’t lose his phone in the commotion.
During Wednesday’s trial, Lee objected to that story being included as evidence and asked it be stricken from the record.
‘Statements were attributed to me moments ago by the House impeachment managers, statements related to the content of conversations between – a phone call involving President Trump and Senator Tuberville, were not made by me, they’re not accurate and they’re contrary to fact,’ Lee said.
The impeachment managers agreed to withdraw the story, saying they didn’t need it to make their case against Trump.
Dramatic new footage showed Vice President Mike Pence, his wife and his daughter being removed to safety as MAGA mob crowds spread throughout the building
Impeachment manager, Rep. Joaquin Castro, spoke of the gallows that had been erected outside the Capitol Building, nothing that ‘Some of these insurgents were heard saying that they hope to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him as a traitors’
Sen. Mike Lee objected to the story of the phone call being included in the impeachment trial – Lee was mentioned as Trump had accidentally tried to call his phone to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville
On January 6th, inside the Capitol building, the pro-Trump mob was looking for Pence with some shouting ‘hang Mike.’ Some rioters came within a few hundred feed of the vice president as Pence was being moved.
Dramatic footage from the Capitol that day showed Secret Service agents rushing Pence out of his hiding place near the Senate chamber as the MAGA rioters stormed the building.
In the footage, taken from a security camera from inside the Capitol, a group of agents, one of whom carried the football with the nuclear codes, led the Pence family from where they had been taken after being removed from the Senate chamber.
Pence, his wife Karen and daughter Charlotte followed the agents down the stairs and were moved to another location in the Capitol.
‘You can see Vice President Pence and his family quickly moved downstairs. Then, as Pence was being evacuated, rioters started to spread throughout the Capitol,’ Democratic Rep. Stacey Plaskett said during the impeachment managers’ presentation.
Plaskett played several never-before-seen security camera footage from the January 6th riot as part of Democrats’ case for the impeachment of Trump. She then showed the pro-Trump supporters yelling ‘Kill Mike Pence.’
At a later moment in the trial, Rep. Joaquin Castro, noted how ‘some of these insurgents were heard saying that they hope to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him as a traitors.’
A makeshift gallows had been erected outside the Capitol Building. Castro asked senators to look at that image for a moment.
‘It harkens back to our nation’s worst history of lynching,’ the Texas Democrat said.
New security camera footage shows MAGA rioters storming Capitol
Senators sat in silence as the footage played on TV screens in the chamber, including the moment the MAGA mob busted into the Capitol Building, with Plaskett pointing out the first man who entered the Capitol was wearing ‘full tactical body armor and carrying a baseball bat.’
‘Others are carrying riot shields. Among this group are members of the Proud Boys,’ she noted.
More footage showed Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman getting Sen. Mitt Romney out of harm’s way before distracting the MAGA mob away from the Senate chamber. Romney, a frequent Trump critic, has a prominent national profile, is easily recognized and could have been targeted by the rioters.
The footage, seen publicly for the first time by the senators, including Romney himself, shows Goodman running toward the Senate and its famous Ohio Clock. He then gestures to Romney, who does an immediate 180-degree turn, and runs with Goodman back the way the senator came.
‘I did not know that was Officer Goodman but I look forward to thanking him when I next see him,’ Romney said after the clip played. ‘I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there they get me in the right direction.’
Overall, Romney said of the playback: ‘It tears at your heart and brings tears to your eyes. That was overwhelmingly distressing and emotional.’
The footage also showed rioters searching for Pelosi in and around her office, with Plaskett revealing that Pelosi had been pulled entirely from the building for her own safety.
‘The vice president, the speaker of the House, the first and second in line to the presidency, were performing their constitutional duties, presiding over the election certification and they were put in danger because President Trump put his own desires, his own need for power over his duty to the Constitution and our democratic process,’ Plaskett said.
Plaskett also highlighted that Richard Barnett, the rioter who was photographed seated at Pelosi’s desk, had been carrying a 950,000 volt stun gun, a weapon the FBI had since identified.
Democratic House impeachment managers showed the break-in from two angles
New footage shows a close call now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (right) had, almost running into the MAGA mob
Rep. Eric Swalwell played some footage from the officers’ perspective including a clip from a bodycam as the MAGA mob tries to break in
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, one of the House impeachment managers, showed the senators just how close they came to being attacked by the pro-Trump mob that day.
The senators, who are sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial, saw, for the first time, security camera footage that showed their escape from the Senate chamber, as U.S. Capitol Police officers created a line of defense to hold the mob back long enough for the lawmakers to be ushered to safety.
‘You were just 58 steps away from where the mob,’ Swalwell told the senators.
The footage showed a hallway with senators running past the camera. In the background, police officers can be seen, holding the crowd away.
The senators sat in silence as the video presentation played, their eyes glued to the TV screens.
‘You know how close you came to the mob. Some of you, I understand, could hear them. But most of the public does not know how close these rioters came to you. As you were moving through that hallway, I paced it off. You were just 58 steps away from where the mob was amassing and where police were rushing to stop them. They were yelling. In this security video, you can see how the police created a line and blocked the hallway with their bodies to prevent rioters from reaching you and your staff,’ he said.
He then played it for them again.
‘Because this is security footage that you’ve not seen before, I want to play it again. At the top of the screen, the other end of that hallway, where the mob has amassed, and the officers are rushing to protect you,’ Swalwell told the senators.
He then showed never-before-seen footage of Senate Democratic Leader having a near miss with the rioters.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s security detail escorted the senator up a ramp and down one of the hallways. The fixed security camera shows Schumer and his detail walking toward the camera and out of view. A few seconds later, the senator and his team are seen running back from where they came.
‘They came within just yards of the rioters, and had to turn around,’ Swalwell said. ‘You see Leader Schumer walking up a ramp. Going up the ramp with his detail, he will soon go out of view. Seconds later, they return, and run back down the hallway. Officers immediately shut the door and use their bodies to keep them safe.’
Schumer later called the clips ‘gut wrenching.’
‘I just want to give tremendous credit to the Capitol Police officers who were in my detail, like the rest of the Capitol Police officers they are utterly amazing and great and we love them,’ he said.
Swalwell also showed the senators the footage of rioters in the chamber, running on the Senate floor.
‘We’re here,’ one yells. ‘Where the f**k are they?,’ another yells of the lawmakers.
‘They invaded and desecrated the Senate floor,’ Swalwell said. ‘These vandals shouted, and rifled through the desks in this room. They took pictures of documents and of themselves. Celebrating that they had taken over the floor and stopped the counting of electoral college votes.’
Swalwell noted that while it wasn’t part of his video presentation, he credited Senate staff with grabbing and protecting the Electoral College votes the mob was after.
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