Tom Embury-Dennis,Joe Sommerlad and Justin VallejoSat, 13 February 2021, 1:47 am
The Senate adjourned after Donald Trump‘s legal team closed its arguments in their defence against impeachment, with a key GOP senator that had indicated a willingness to cross the aisle saying it was “much stronger” than its opening statements.
Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski reportedly said the revamped line-up was “very organized in what they’ve presented and how they’ve done it.”
During day four of the impeachment trial, Trump’s team presented multiple videos that supercut instances of Democrats using the same language they have charged the ex-president of using to incite the riots at the US Capitol.
The videos were the main thrust of Trump’s free speech defence, with lawyers arguing the First Amendment must apply to all political speech or it applies to no political speech – including that of Democrats.
They also submitted that the House impeachment managers had manipulated evidence and selectively edited Trump’s key speech from 6 January to remove explicit calls for supporters to make their voices heard “peacefully and patriotically”.
Day four began 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.
Mr Castor kicked off the second session more than two hours into the defence.
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.
The trial will continue on Saturday, 13 February at 10am EST.