“With his back against the wall, when all else has failed, he turns to his supporters – who he had already spent months saying the election was stolen from – and he amplified it further,” said Colorado Democrat Representative Joe Neguse. .
- A trial is underway to decide whether former President Donald J. Trump is guilty of inciting a murderous mob of his supporters when they stormed the Capitol on January 6, violently breaching security measures and sending lawmakers went underground as they gathered to certify President Biden. victory.
- The House voted 232 to 197 to approve a single article of impeachment, accusing Mr. Trump of “inciting violence against the United States government” in his quest to overturn the election results. Ten Republicans joined Democrats in voting to remove him.
- To condemn Mr. Trump, the Senate would need a two-thirds majority to agree. That means at least 17 Republican senators would have to vote with Senate Democrats to be sentenced.
- A conviction seems unlikely. Last month, only five Republicans in the Senate sided with the Democrats in pushing back a Republican attempt to dismiss the charges because Mr. Trump is no longer in office. Only 27 senators say they are undecided on whether to condemn Mr. Trump.
- If the Senate condemns Mr. Trump, convicting him of “inciting violence against the United States government,” then senators could vote on whether to prevent him from performing his future duties. That vote would only require a simple majority, and if it were party lines, Democrats would win with Vice President Kamala Harris voting for the tiebreaker.
- If the Senate does not condemn Mr. Trump, the former president could again be eligible for public office. Public opinion polls show he remains by far the most popular national figure in the Republican Party.
After dozens of frivolous lawsuits failed, officials said, Mr. Trump began pressuring officials in major battlefield states like Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia to reverse his losses there. -low. When that failed, he tried the Justice Department, then publicly tried to shame Republican members of Congress for helping him. Finally, he insisted that Mr Pence assume non-existent powers to unilaterally reverse their loss on January 6, when the vice president would oversee the counting of the electoral votes in Congress.
“Let me be clear: the president wasn’t just coming for one or two people, or Democrats like me,” California Rep. Ted Lieu said, looking at the senators. “He was coming for you.
At the same time, the leaders argued, the president was knowingly encouraging his supporters to take matters into their own hands. When an armada of his supporters tried to get a Biden campaign bus off the freeway in October, Mr. Trump applauded them on Twitter. He began to adopt increasingly violent language, they noted, and did nothing to denounce the armed mobs that were springing up in his name in cities across the country. Instead, he repeatedly invited them to Washington on January 6 to come together to “stop the theft” as Congress gathered to formalize the victory of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
“When he saw first-hand the violence that his conduct was creating, he did not stop it,” Mr. Neguse said. “He did not condemn the violence. He prompted it further and he became more specific. He didn’t just tell them to fight like hell. He told them how, where and when.
At times the presentation, given by a group of Democrats with extensive courtroom experience, resembled a criminal prosecution – only in this case the jury was made up of Senators who were also struggling witnesses as they relived. in detail the trauma of that day. .
Delegate Stacey Plaskett from the US Virgin Islands walked them through much of the video, including scenes of rioters inside the Capitol mockingly calling out President Nancy Pelosi and flooding her office right after assistants had ran to barricade himself in a conference room and hide under a table.