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  • The US Senate is sitting to hear Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial with previously unseen and graphic security footage expected to be shown as evidence
  • Senators are being asked to convict the former president of inciting insurrection via his comments and tweets prior to a violent mob of his supporters storming the Capitol on January 6
  • Six Republican senators combined with 50 Democrats on Tuesday, local time, to pass a vote ruling that the trial was constitutional and could go ahead
  • Trump is expected to be acquitted because conviction requires two-thirds of senators to vote in favour and the Senate is made up of 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans
  • Trump is reportedly fuming at the performance so far of his legal team, which was hastily formed at the start of this month after few lawyers agreed to represent him
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Mob’s march not authorised until Trump got involved

By Latika Bourke

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett tells senators that a permit for Trump’s supporters to march from the Ellipse, where Trump had convened his rally, to the Capitol was not authorised until the President and his team got involved in the planning.

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett.

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett.Credit:Senate Television

She also showed a photograph of a Proud Boys leader at the march wearing an ear piece, suggesting the attack was co-ordinated and planned.

Media reports citing online threads of Trump supporters declaring the Capitol the “target” and that they were willing to die in what they deemed to be an act of war and not a protest.

Trump put ‘fight music’ to bus incident footage

By Latika Bourke

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett has given a detailed account of how a Trump caravan of supporters attempted to run a Biden-Harris campaign bus off the road.

When the President saw the footage, he published it on his Twitter account but first added “fight music,” Plaskett told jurors.

Trump also used his Twitter account to criticise the FBI for investigating the incident.

Plaskett said this was direct evidence of Trump encouraging his supporters to carry out violent behaviour.

One of the drivers who tried to run the Biden campaign bus off the road then took part in the attack on the Capitol on January 6, Plaskett said.

“This link is not hypothetical,” Plaskett said.

Interestingly, Marco Rubio, one of the GOP senators who has said he will not vote to convict Trump, has previously said of the Trump caravan supporters “we love what they did.”


Trump knew his supporters were armed: Plaskett

By Latika Bourke

The next house impeachment manager to make the case against Donald Trump is Democrat Stacey Plaskett.

She is highlighting Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists and the far-right Proud Boys group.

People march with those who claim they are members of the Proud Boys as they attend a rally in Washington.

People march with those who claim they are members of the Proud Boys as they attend a rally in Washington.Credit:AP

Two leaders of the group were photographed heading to the Capitol on January 6 and later charged.

Plaskett says Trump intended for his supporters to be armed and to carry out violence on January 6.

“He had every reason to know that they were armed, that they were violent and that they would actually fight,” Plaskett said.

“He knew who he was calling and the violence that they were capable of.

“And he still gave that marching order to go to the Capitol and quote ‘fight like hell and stop the steal.’”

Plaskett repeats a point made by other impeachment managers that Trump did nothing to stop the mob and instead praised them.

‘He turned to the violent mob that attacked your chamber’

By Latika Bourke

Quite the crescendo from House impeachment manager Ted Lieu, who spent most of his time defending Trump’s loyal Vice-President Mike Pence.

He concluded by urging senators, who will decide whether to convict Trump, to vote in solidarity with the many figures who stood up to Trump’s bullying, as he tried to hold onto power after his election loss.

House impeachment manager Ted Lieu.

House impeachment manager Ted Lieu.Credit:Senate Television

“When he ran out of non-violent measures, he turned to the violent mob that attacked your Senate chamber on January 6,” Lieu told the senators.

“I hope each of you will think of the bravery of all these people who said no to President Trump because they knew that this was not right, that this was not America.”

‘He was coming for you’: Lieu to Republicans

By Latika Bourke

The next House impeachment manager to take up the case against Donald Trump is Democrat Ted Lieu.

He says Trump used “any means necessary” to try and keep a hold of the presidency and finally in his “desperation” turned on his own Vice-President Mike Pence.

In happier times: US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.

In happier times: US President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence.Credit:AP

Lieu is providing examples of numerous occasions where Trump pressured, goaded or ridiculed Pence, often in front of his own supporters, some of whom hunted out the Vice-President during the Capitol siege.

Trump had tried to pressure Pence to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win. Pence refused.

This is the second time the Democrat impeachment managers have singled out Pence – who remained hugely loyal to Trump until the final days of his presidency and was a favourite with Trump supporters right up until January 6 – as a victim of Trump’s actions.

“The President wasn’t just coming for one or two people, or Democrats like me,” Lieu told the senators, who will decide whether to convict Trump.

“He was coming for Republicans and Democrats, for you,” Lieu added.

McConnell reported to be considering guilty vote

By Latika Bourke

Make of this what you will.

CNN reporter Jamie Gangel is reporting that Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell has not decided yet how he will vote in the impeachment trial.

The idea of McConnell voting to convict Trump, however, doesn’t sit squarely with his decision yesterday to vote for the impeachment hearing to be ruled unconstitutional.


Trump’s 62 lawsuits ‘an attempt to steal election’

By Latika Bourke

House impeachment manager Madeleine Dean is resuming the Democrats’ case against Donald Trump.

She is presenting evidence about the 62 court cases Trump’s campaign lodged against the election result – all of which failed.

“Donald Trump was asking the judiciary to take away votes from Americans so that he could steal the election for himself,” Dean told senators.

“Not a single court, not a single judge agreed that the election results were invalid.

“The judiciary resoundingly rejected Trump’s fraud allegations and upheld the election results.”

She says when the lawsuits failed, Trump then tried to pressure election officials.

Impeachment hearing takes a 15-minute break

By Latika Bourke

OK, go grab a coffee.

The impeachment hearing is breaking for 15 minutes.

I’ll be back with you shortly for more rolling coverage.

If you have any questions or comments, please do leave a comment on the blog and I’ll do my best to answer any queries you may have.

Trump prepared supporters for ‘act of war’

By Latika Bourke

House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell is now outlining the numerous times that Donald Trump urged his followers to show up in Washington DC on January 6.

Swalwell says the repeated urgings were incitements, and frequently featured the slogan “Stop the steal,” which stood for his false claim that the election had been rigged.

House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell.

House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell.Credit:Senate Television

He is also presenting tweets from Trump republishing messages from his supporters, one of whom was an organiser of a Facebook group called “Stop the Steal,” saying the “cavalry was coming.”

He presented a tweet in which Trump claimed that if a Democrat candidate was the victim of election rigging, Democrat senators would consider it an “act of war.”

“This is all connected,” Swalwell said. “An act of war - that’s how Donald Trump prepared his supporters for January 6.”

Swalwell draws on his pre-political career prosecuting violent crimes.

“Was this a heated passion crime or was it something more deliberate?,” he asked

“The evidence here is overwhelming, President Trump’s conduct leading up to January 6 was deliberate, planned and premeditated.”

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