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Rabu, 10 Februari 2021

Donald Trump's impeachment trial live: Democrats promise 'never before seen' evidence - NEWS.com.au

Today the prosecution, represented by impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, is presenting its case to the Senate. The Democrats say they have the evidence to prove Mr Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection. The former president’s lawyers will get their chance to present a defence later in the week.

Read on for all the latest news.

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According to The New York Times, prosecutors in Georgia's Fulton County have opened a criminal investigation into Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the state's presidential election result.

You'll recall that Georgia featured heavily in the former president's conspiracy theories about the election. Publicly, he continued to insist he had won the state even after Joe Biden's victory there was confirmed by multiple recounts.

Privately, Mr Trump pressured state officials to intervene. Most significantly, he urged Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to change the result in an hour-long phone call.

Legal experts have said Mr Trump's behaviour may have violated multiple statutes. One of them involves solicitation to commit election fraud, and another deals with "intentional interference" with someone's performance of "election duties".

Today we're going to be hearing from the prosecution as it builds its case for convicting Donald Trump on the single charge brought by the House of Representatives: incitement of insurrection.

The Democratic impeachment managers can use up to 16 hours over the next two days, and no more than eight hours in a single day. Apparently US senators have a strictly defined attention span.

When they're done, of course, Mr Trump's defence team will get its turn.

This morning, aides of the impeachment managers spoke to US media, including Politico. They promised never before seen footage from the Capitol riot, which they said would shed new light on the "extreme violence" of Mr Trump's supporters as they stormed the building, and show how things could have been much worse but for the intervention of law enforcement.

This new footage may have been taken by Capitol security cameras.

"The easiest trials to try are the trials where you have the goods. We have the goods," one senior aide said.

Hello and welcome to day two of the impeachment trial. We're getting underway at midday in Washington D.C., which is about 90 minutes from now.

If you missed yesterday's action, here's the quick summary: the prosecution and defence spent the afternoon debating whether the trial was constitutional. When they were finished, the Senate voted, and by a margin of 56-44 decided the trial should proceed.

That suggests we're heading for an acquittal here. Only six Republicans voted to declare the trial constitutional, and it's going to take at least 17 Republican votes to convict Donald Trump.

Check out yesterday's blog if you'd like a detailed breakdown of what happened. And stay right here, of course, for all of today's news.

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