The Senate reconvened at 2:34 p.m. to listen to the ultimate portion of arguments from Mr. Trump’s authorized staff, introduced by lawyer Bruce Castor.
Castor started by rebuffing the characterization that an rebellion had even taken place within the U.S. Capitol, saying “clearly there was no rebellion. Rebel is a time period of artwork, it is outlined within the regulation. It entails taking up a rustic, a shadow authorities, taking the TV stations over and having some plan on what you are going to do.”
He additionally chastised Democrats for failing to attach the assault to Mr. Trump, saying the “solely query that must be answered is was Donald Trump liable for inciting the violence that got here to this constructing?”
The Pennsylvania legal professional additionally repeated the declare that the managers selectively edited and manipulated the proof they introduced.
“Political hatred has no place within the American justice system and definitely no place within the Congress of america,” he stated.
Castor performed video clips of President Joe Biden at rallies and in speeches declaring his administration will stand in opposition to violence and for law-and-order, juxtaposing them with video of Democrats that had been performed all through the day.
“Make no mistake, and I’ll repeat it now and any time I am ever requested, January 6 was a horrible day for our nation. The assault on this constructing shocked us all,” Castor stated. “President Trump didn’t incite or trigger the horrific violence that occured on January 6, 2021. They know that.”
Castor stated proof that Mr. Trump didn’t incite the violence on the Capitol lies along with his “admiration” for regulation enforcement and distaste for rioters and political violence.
“His long-standing hatred for violent protectors and his love for regulation and order is on show, worn on his sleeve each single day he served on the White Home,” he stated.
Castor known as Mr. Trump probably the most pro-police and anti-mob president in historical past. Nevertheless, it took three days for the White Home to decrease the flag for the Capitol Police officer who died after struggling accidents throughout the occasions of January 6.
Castor additionally tried to scrub aup Mr. Trump’s remarks on the rally on the morning of January 6, parts of which had been performed by the Home managers of their presentation. Castor stated the previous president was merely warning Republican senators and Home members may face major challengers in the event that they did not object to the tallying of votes, not stoking violence.
“The primary approach that the Home managers introduced and needed you to conclude, that is the prison approach,” he stated. “However what the president stated was the American approach.”
Whereas Castor sought to display the violence on the Capitol was premeditated and didn’t happen on the urging of Mr. Trump, he failed to notice the previous president repeatedly took to Twitter to ask his supporters to Washington to rally January 6.
“The January 6 speech didn’t trigger the riots. The president didn’t trigger the riots,” he stated. “He neither explicitly or implicitly inspired the usage of violence or lawless motion however the truth is known as for peaceable train of each American’s First Modification rights to peacefully assemble and petition their authorities for redress of grievances.”
Castor admitted to a different level of ignorance, too: He is not positive whether or not his personal testimony is beneath oath.
“I do not know if we’re beneath oath right here,” Castor stated throughout his arguments.
Castor tried to defend Mr. Trump’s telephone dialog with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, saying there’s “nothing untoward” concerning the former president talking with a state’s prime elections official. In the course of the name, Mr. Trump urged Raffensperger to “discover” 11,780 votes and stated “there’s nothing improper with saying that, you recognize, um, that you’ve got recalculated.” The previous president misplaced to Mr. Biden by 11,779 votes.
“Allow us to be clear. This trial is about excess of President Trump,” Castor stated. “It’s about silencing and banning the speech the bulk doesn’t agree with. It’s about canceling 75 million Trump voters and criminalizing political viewpoints. That’s what this trial is actually about.”
After lower than three hours of the 16 in all allotted to them, Castor then rested the case in protection of Mr. Trump.
“This concludes the formal protection of the forty fifth president of america to the impeachment article filed by the Home of Representatives, ” he stated.
The Senate is now in a quick recess.
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