Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some very hot tea and it includes trial briefings filed by House of Representatives managers pertaining to the impeachment of Donald Trump.
House Democrats made their case to convict former president Donald Trump of inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, in an impeachment briefing filed with the Senate on Tuesday that accused Trump of whipping his supporters into a “frenzy” and described him as “singularly responsible” for the mayhem that ensued.
In the briefing, nine House impeachment managers argue that Trump is not protected by the First Amendment’s freedom of speech provision, which was never intended, they wrote, to allow a president to “provoke lawless action if he loses at the polls.”
“If provoking an insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress after losing an election is not an impeachable offense, it is hard to imagine what would be,” the briefing states.
The House Democrats wrote that Trump’s embrace of unfounded accusations that the 2020 election was stolen from him helped foment his supporters attack on the Capitol. When those false assertions failed to overturn the election, Trump “summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue” the Democrats wrote. They added: “The Framers themselves would not have hesitated to convict on these facts.” The House impeachment managers urged senators to bar Trump from ever serving again in elected office: “This is not a case where elections alone are a sufficient safeguard against future abuse; it is the electoral process itself that President Trump attacked and that must be protected from him and anyone else who would seek to mimic his behavior. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a case that more clearly evokes the reasons the Framers wrote a disqualification power into the Constitution.”
The goal is to present the Senate with fresh evidence that reveals what Trump knew in advance of the January 6 riots at the Capitol, as well as how his words and actions influenced those who participated. The rioting left five dead, including one member of the U.S. Capitol Police and also two officers, one with the D.C. police department, have since died by suicide. The effort to present new video evidence and witness testimony is designed to make Republican senators as uncomfortable as possible as they prepare to vote to acquit Trump, as most have indicated they will do. The prospect of injured police officers describing the brutality of pro-Trump rioters to Republicans who regularly present themselves as advocates of law enforcement could make for an extraordinary, nationally televised scene.