New videos from the Capitol Storm could harm Donald Trump

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The pressure against ex-President Trump in the second impeachment process is growing. With previously unseen videos, the Democrats want to prove his guilt for the storm on the Capitol. All information in the news blog.

The trial against Donald Trump for inciting rioting begins in the Senate on Tuesday. New President Joe Biden’s Democrats blame Trump for the violent storming of the Capitol on January 6, killing five. A conviction of the Republican is extremely unlikely.

New videos from January 6th could harm Trump

On the second day of the second impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, the Democrats in Congress want to continue their evidence against the ex-president – even with previously unseen video footage of the storming of the Capitol on January 6th. That is what the Democrat Prosecutor Jamie Raskin announced. In addition, the prosecution wants to prove beyond doubt that Trump’s statements are personally responsible for the events with five dead.

The impeachment proceedings against Trump will continue in the Senate from Wednesday noon (local time). The defense and prosecution then each have 16 hours over several days to present their evidence. It is questionable whether Democrats and Republicans are spending their full time. The decisive vote could be on February 15th or 16th.

The first day of the trial ended with a setback for Trump: Six of his Republican Senators voted for the constitutionality of the indictment on Tuesday, clearing the way for the rest of the trial.

Criticism of Trump attorney after the first day of the trial

A Republican senator has sharply criticized one of Donald Trump’s lawyers. John Cornyn told CNN that the former president’s defense team “wasn’t one of the best I’ve seen”.

“The president’s attorney, the first attorney, just rambled on and on and didn’t really go into the defense’s constitutional argument. Finally the second attorney came along and I thought he was doing an effective job,” Cornyn said. The Republican was referring to the appearance of Bruce Castor, who had made the opening statement.

Donald Trump himself is also said to have been dissatisfied with Castor’s performance, according to CNN. The station reported, citing two sources, that the former US president “almost screamed” when Castor made arguments that missed the defense’s main argument.

Vote in the Senate: impeachment proceedings against Trump constitutionally

Donald Trump’s defense lawyers have failed in an attempt to stop the impeachment proceedings against the former US president at the very beginning. They had argued that the process was unconstitutional because Trump was no longer in office. However, with a vote on Tuesday evening (local time), the US Senate assessed the procedure as constitutional and thus cleared the way for the further procedure. Read more here.

Prosecutor shows brutal video of Capitol storming

The impeachment process against former US President Donald Trump began with shocking footage of the storming of the Capitol about a month ago. The Democratic MP and Prosecutor Jamie Raskin on Tuesday in the Senate showed a compilation of video images showing the great brutality of Trump supporters during the storming. Trump’s statements on January 6th were also presented – including his call to his supporters to “fight the devil”.

“Because of this, the House of Representatives initiated impeachment proceedings against the president on January 13,” said Raskin after the almost fifteen-minute video. “If this is not a crime that deserves impeachment, then nothing.” The Democrats accuse Trump of inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol with five dead. The charge is therefore of incitement to riot.

Trump’s attorneys consider proceedings to be unconstitutional

On the first day of negotiations in the Senate, the constitutional question was whether the Senate can even bring Trump to trial. Trump’s lawyers argue that the process is unconstitutional: The Senate can only judge incumbent, but not previous presidents.

Democratic Prosecutor Jamie Raskin firmly denied this: there is no “January exception,” said the MP, referring to the last month in office of each president. Presidents must also be able to be held accountable for offenses that they have committed in the last few days of office – and that means that a senate trial can only take place after their term of office. Otherwise, for example, a president could try to stay in power by force after being voted out of office with impunity, Raskin said.

Jamie Raskin: The Democratic prosecutor blames Trump attorneys. (Source: US Senate TV / Reuters)

“Trump sent his lawyers here today to prevent the Senate from hearing the facts on this case,” said the MP and former professor of constitutional law. “They want to end the process before any evidence is presented.” Raskin promised the charges were based on “cold hard facts”.

Second impeachment proceedings against Trump started in the US Senate

The second impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump have begun. The trial against the former US president started on Tuesday in the US Senate in Washington. The Democrats in the House of Representatives had initiated the process – supported by individual Republicans – because of the attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol in early January. You accuse the ex-president of “inciting a riot”. They want to hold him accountable for this even after he leaves the White House and at the same time ensure that he is banned from future offices at the federal level.

This would mean that Trump would not be allowed to run for the 2024 presidential election. The prerequisite for this would be that the Republican is convicted in the impeachment process. The necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate is currently not foreseeable.

Trump supporters violently stormed the US Capitol in early January. Congress met there to certify the election victory of Trump’s successor in office, Joe Biden. Five people were killed on the brink of the riot, including a police officer. Trump had recently incited his supporters at a rally that his election victory had been stolen from him.

This is how the process against Trump will be

The prosecution and defense will initially debate for four hours on Tuesday whether the process is constitutional or not. Then the Senate will vote on this question.

If the senators declare the process to be legal by a simple majority, the prosecution and defense will have 16 hours over two days from Wednesday to present their arguments on the question of guilt. The senators, who were condemned to silence during the negotiations, will then be able to ask written questions.

The prosecutors have asked Trump to testify under oath, but the ex-president has refused. It remains to be decided whether witnesses will be summoned. Without a witness, the trial could end very quickly, possibly in less than two weeks. At the end of the process there are closing arguments and a vote. A two-thirds majority would be required for a conviction, which corresponds to 67 senators.

These actors could shape Trump’s impeachment

The impeachment proceedings against former US President Donald Trump have parallels to a normal process, with prosecutors, defense counsel and a presiding judge. The short portraits of the most important actors can be read here.

Trump lawyers on impeachment: “brazen political act”

Before the start of the second impeachment proceedings against former US President Donald Trump, his lawyers have sharply rejected the charges. The negotiation was a “brazen political act” with the aim of “silencing a political opponent and a minority party,” said a statement on Monday. Trump did not call for violence in his speech before storming the Capitol. In any case, the constitution does not allow impeachment proceedings against a president who is no longer in office. Giving in to the democrats’ desire for this “political theater” is a threat to democracy and civil rights.

On the other hand, nine representatives of the Democrats from the House of Representatives spoke in their own statement of an overwhelming burden of proof against Trump. The actions of the Republokaner are neither excusable nor defendable. “And his efforts to evade accountability fail completely.”

Trump’s seeds are tearing the party apart

The party is in a dramatic ordeal. Donald Trump has opened up new groups of voters for the Republicans, but has also washed hatred and confused conspiracy theories into the party, which make them ineligible for the center. Republicans cannot with him or without him. Read here the whole article our Washington correspondent Fabian Reinbold.

Conviction of Trump is almost impossible

A two-thirds majority in the Congress Chamber is required for a guilty verdict. Since Democrats and Republicans each have 50 Senators, at least 17 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats. Trump is the first president in US history to have two impeachment proceedings initiated. He is also the first former head of state to be tried in the Senate at the end of his term in office.

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