Rapid Response Alert

UPDATE: Trump Legal Team Wraps Defense

February 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former President Donald Trump’s legal team wrapped up their defense in the impeachment trial this afternoon. While the House Impeachment Managers used about 10 of their 16 allotted hours of argument time, the Trump legal team concluded their case in a little over three hours.

In their short presentation, Trump’s attorneys reiterated their argument that the former president’s language on January 6 was protected by the First Amendment. They also attempted to deflect the prosecutions’ case by accusing Democrats of hypocrisy—playing a video of some Democrats using the word “fight” in various interviews.

Senators then had a total of four hours to submit written questions for the Impeachment Managers and Trump’s defense team to answer. Topics ranged from questioning the specific actions Trump took on January 6, talking about the “big lie” and asking if Trump is innocent because he said “be peaceful” during his speech. Rep. Raskin’s response to the “be peaceful” question was, “If you rob a bank and on the way out the door, you yell, ‘Respect private property!’ that’s not a defense to robbing the bank.”

Tomorrow, if the Impeachment Managers request it, there will be an argument on whether the Senate should consider motions to subpoena witnesses and documents. Finally, closing arguments will take place over four hours equally divided between the two sides before the final vote to convict.