Impeachment trial – live: Trump team floods Senate with Kamala Harris ‘fight’ videos and bemoans ‘witch hunt’

Tom Embury-Dennis and Joe SommerladFri, 12 February 2021, 6:46 pm

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Donald Trump’s impeachment defence team have taken to the Senate floor in a bid to defend their client against the charge of “incitement of insurrection” at the US Capitol.

Day four got underway amid reports of growing tensions between Trump and his team, with the former president said to want Bruce Castor to have minimal involvement following his disastrous appearance on Tuesday during opening arguments.

Before the trial got underway on Friday, GOP senators met with Trump’s legal team to discuss “strategy” after the Democrat impeachment managers hammered the ex-president over the first three days, claiming he was “overwhelmingly guilty” and warning that a vote to acquit would mean it could happen again.

It comes as Joe Biden says he is “anxious” to see what his Republicans friends to and whether they will “stand up”, despite previously saying he wasn’t going to watch proceedings or get involved in deliberations.

One of those Republicans to already stand up is Trump ally and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who turned on the ex-president to say he “went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again”.