The latest attempt to impeach Donald Trump is about to get underway. His impeachment lawyers submitted a brief describing the process as merely ‘political theater,’ as Trump is no longer in office.
With the trial set for Tuesday, Feb. 9, impeachment lawyers are ready for the fight over the impeachment’s validity.
The brief states that Democrats have filed impeachment notices against former President Trump a total of nine times during the past four years, and this time the impeachment attempt is against Trump as a private citizen.
“Instead of acting to heal the nation, or at the very least focusing on prosecuting the lawbreakers who stormed the Capitol, the Speaker of the House and her allies have tried to callously harness the chaos of the moment for their own political gain,” the brief notes, reported Fox News.
Evidence emerging indicates the riots on Jan. 6 were planned well in advance
Furthermore, new evidence emerging indicates the riots on Jan. 6 at Capitol Hill were planned well in advance, and the riots had already begun before Trump had finished addressing the rally.
“Mr. Trump spoke for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Of the over 10,000 words spoken, Mr. Trump used the word ‘fight’ a little more than a handful of times and each time in the figurative sense that has long been accepted in public discourse when urging people to stand and use their voices to be heard on matters important to them. It was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violence,” the brief states.
Trump’s speech had no reference to insurrection, a riot, criminal action, or any acts of physical violence
It continues, “Notably absent from his speech was any reference to or encouragement of an insurrection, a riot, criminal action, or any acts of physical violence whatsoever… Mr. Trump never made any express or implied mention of weapons, the need for weapons, or anything of the sort. Instead, he simply called on those gathered to peacefully and patriotically use their voices.”
The 10 Republicans who voted with Democrats to impeach Trump are now under pressure from their constituents.
“I would hope that those 10 Republicans and hopefully even some Democrats would say as we now look at the timelines that the media, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and all are reporting on, here’s exactly it, the facts,” said former federal judge and former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Starr.
According to Starr, the impeachment trial against Trump “is a flagrant violation of the text, structure, and history of our Constitution …”