Trump impeachment — live: Democrats reveal chilling new Capitol riot details as defence prepares to take floor

Tom Embury-DennisFri, 12 February 2021, 8:37 am


Donald Trump’s impeachment defence team are preparing to take the Senate floor on Friday, in a bid to defend their client from an emotionally charged charge he incited the insurrection at the US Capitol last month.

On Thursday, Democratic impeachment managers rested their case against the former president, but not before revealing chilling new details about a militia group’s involvement in the January 6 attack on Congress.

The group, called the Oath Keepers, discussed a plan to bring “heavy weapons” across the Potomac River into Washington DC and had conducted training sessions even before election day for “urban warfare, riot control and rescue operations”.

With members of both parties appearing to want a quick resolution to the trial, Mr Trump’s team were preparing a rapid presentation on Friday, with a view that a concluding vote on his guilt or innocence could happen as early as Saturday morning.