Trump impeachment news latest: Live updates as Democrats unveil incitement case

Trump impeachment news latest: Live updates as Democrats unveil incitement case

Trump impeachment news latest: Live updates as Democrats unveil incitement case

Trump impeachment news latest: Live updates as Democrats unveil incitement case

Trump impeachment lawyer calls trial ‘slap in the face’

House Democrats have laid out their impeachment case against Donald Trump in a comprehensive memorandum accusing him of inciting the failed insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January that left five people dead.

The 80-page document provides a roadmap for their prosecution of the former president when his Senate impeachment trial kicks off on 9 February. “If provoking an insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress after losing an election is not an impeachable offence, it is hard to imagine what would be,” they argue.

As Mr Trump’s lawyers issued their own 14-page, typo-riddled response objecting to the trial as “unconstitutional”, more than 370 congressional aides signed a letter calling on senators to convict the ex-president for placing them in harm’s way.

Mr Trump’s lead impeachment attorney meanwhile says that it would be “idiotic” and “insane” to dispute the result of the 2020 election as part of their defence strategy. 


Lincoln Project denies link to Liz Cheney

A statement from the Lincoln Project denies that it is coordinating with representative Liz Cheney, chair of the House Republican Party, who voted in favour of impeaching Donald Trump.

“It has come to our attention that there is a rumor circulating that The Lincoln Project is in coordination with GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney. This is yet another baseless lie being spread by the Jim Crow Caucus and its leader Kevin McCarthy, a man who lives in a rancid bubble of conspiracy, fantasy, and desperation.

“It’s telling that Republican leadership spends more time focusing on an imaginary alliance than it does exposing and condemning the QAnon conspiracies being spread by members of their own caucus.”

“The Lincoln Project has had no interaction with Congresswoman Cheney. That said, we think she’d take Matt Gaetz in a fight with one hand tied behind her back.”

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 22:14


MJT to face no consequences from GOP

Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene will not face consequences from within her own party for her history of bigoted, conspiracy-mongering behaviour, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on Wednesday.

Griffin Connolly reports from Washington, DC.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 22:03


House Democrat delighted as Matt Gaetz offers to resign seat to defend Trump

House Democrat Brendan Boyle was elated after Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz said he would be willing to step down from his seat to defend former President Donald Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial.

Mr Boyle, a Congressman from Philadelphia, seemed to mock Mr Gaetz’ resignation offer, tweeting: “I strongly support my colleague Matt Gaetz doing this.”

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 21:57


Pelosi: McCarthy has made GOP the QAnon party

House speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted her Republican counterpart Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday over his “cowardly refusal” to unseat representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from committees over her past comments on social media endorsing violence against Democrats and backing conspiracy theories, mocking him as “(Q-CA),” a QAnon supporter.

Josh Marcus has the story.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 21:39


FBI launches new website to track down Capitol rioters

The FBI has created a new website featuring high quality photos of the suspects still wanted in connection with the riots at the US Capitol on 6 January.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 21:20


Trump lawyer says it would be ‘idiotic’ and ‘insane’ to dispute 2020 election result

More from Trump impeachment lawyer Bruce Castor.

A lawyer for Donald Trump on Wednesday said it would be “idiotic” and “insane” to dispute the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election during his Senate impeachment trial, adding that the former US president has not pressured him to make those arguments.

“Injecting that into a case that is already a winner would be idiotic,” said Bruce L. Castor Jr, a recent addition to Trump’s legal team, in an interview with Reuters.

“It would be insane to do that,” Castor said.

“Nobody has pressured me to make that defense,” Castor added, saying Trump was happy with a brief filed by Castor and his co-counsel David Schoen on Tuesday.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 21:04


Voices: What about the other lawsuits against Trump?

Trump won’t be convicted in the Senate impeachment trial, write Carli Pierson, but what about the other lawsuits against him?

Most of the other legal troubles Trump faces as a private citizen are in New York. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see how those charges will stick either.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 20:59


Big fines for lawmakers who dodge Capitol metal detectors

The US House has voted to penalise lawmakers who seek to bypass the security screening measures that have been enacted following the Capitol riot with large cash fines.

A bill passed on Tuesday has approved a $5,000 fine for the first offence and $10,000 for each offence thereafter.

The move comes after several Republican members were seen complaining about or bypassing the new security measures at the entrance to the house floor in the wake of the Capitol riot.

Louise Hall reports for The Independent.

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 20:41


What to expect when the trial starts: Trump impeachment timeline

Gino Spocchia outlines what to expect when the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on 9 February. 

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 20:24


Trump impeachment lawyer won’t push Trump’s ‘stolen’ election claims

Bruce Castor, Donald Trump’s lead defence attorney for his upcoming Senate trial, says that he is under no pressure to bring up the former president’s unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.

Instead he says the defence case will focus on “technical” arguments, Politico reports.

“There are plenty of questions about how the election was conducted throughout the country, but that’s for a different forum, and I don’t believe that’s important to litigate in the Senate trial because you don’t need it,” Mr Castor told KYW Newsradio Philadelphia. “President Trump has plenty to win with what he has.”

Mr Castor made the comments just a day after his team’s first official response to the impeachment charge which includes Mr Trump’s baseless allegations about widespread electoral fraud, but only in the context that he “denies” the assertion that it was false for the former president to say he won the election.

Reports said that the previous legal team resigned after refusing to push the former president’s claims of electoral fraud.

Said Mr Castor: “I don’t know where people got that notion that was some sort of litmus test to get to defend the president, because as you saw from the document I filed, which had to be approved by the president personally, there isn’t anything in there about the election being stolen.”

Oliver O’Connell3 February 2021 20:07

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