The Lead: Impeachment Day 2
Rep. Jamie Ruskin credit: Getty
Former President Trump’s impeachment lawyers pointed out that Democrats too have often used the saying “fight” or “fight back” or “fight like hell” and they did not start a riot. They brought Tweets from Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin and President Joe Biden
At issue is the fact that the President told his supporters to “fight” just before the Capitol riots and his lawyers are making the case that he meant that figuratively.
While arguing for impeachment, Texas congressman Joaquin Castro said that the President refused to stop any actual fighting, even when he was asked, and “left everyone in this Capitol for dead.”
Previously unseen video footage of the riot was played where it shows insurgents searching for former Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It also showed Senator Mitt Romney and Vice President Pence rushing for safety.
The former President’s lawyers have to respond to this but they did not seem daunted by it.
“I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t already know,” said Trump’s defense lawyer Bruce Castor.