Video evidence takes center stage in Trump impeachment trial
House impeachment managers replayed the harrowing events of January 6th and the former president's own fiery words just before the riot, arguing the former president must face consequences for his words and actions.
in a singular moment in American history. The second impeachment trial of former President Trump began today, and from the start it thrust the senator sitting in judgment back to January 6th, when a pro Trump mob laid siege to the U. S Capitol senators, in some cases seated at desks that were ransacked by rioters now tasked with deciding whether Mr Trump violated his constitutional oath and bears responsibility for the deadly attack. House impeachment managers replaying the harrowing events of January 6th and the former president's own fiery words just before the riot, arguing that capped weeks of escalating lies and rhetoric about an election he claims was fixed. That's, Ah, high crime and misdemeanor. If that's not an impeachable offenses, then there is no such thing. Today's debate focused on whether it's constitutional to try a former president. The Trump legal team arguing impeachment is Onley intended to remove the president from office. We can't possibly be suggesting that we punish people for political speech in this country. House managers point to precedent for trying former officials and argue that not holding Mr Trump accountable would set its own dangerous precedent. Presidents can't inflame insurrection in their final weeks and then walk away like nothing happened. The former president's lawyers say he was speaking figuratively when he urged supporters to fight that he was exercising his First Amendment rights and that the capital attack was quote preplant by a small group of criminals. Tomorrow, the two sides were set to go deeper into the case for and against conviction, off the former president in Washington, Alice Bar, NBC News.