‘Trump was coming for you…for all of us’ We’ve just heard from Congressman Ted Lieu, as the Democrats continue to lay out Trump’s work to allegedly pressure election officials – and even his own party members – to hand him victory in the election.”President Donald J Trump ran out of non-violent options to maintain power,” Lieu said. “Anyone who was against the president became an enemy.”Trump “wasn’t just coming for one or two people or Democrats like me,” Lieu adds, showing a tweet where Trump tagged Republican senators while saying voters wouldn’t stand for a stolen election.”He was coming for you. For Democratic and Republican senators. He was coming for all of us, just as the mob did at his direction.”Article share tools
Posted at 0:450:45The anti-Trump truck outside the trial Samantha GranvilleBBC News, Capitol HillSamantha GranvilleCopyright: Samantha GranvilleThere are no protesters – not yet at least – outside the US Capitol, but a truck with a massive screen and large speakers is blasting out anti-Trump ads on loop. About a dozen ads are cycling through. They use clips of violence from the insurrection, as well as sound bites from the former president and Republican senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley telling voters to “Stop the Steal”.A voiceover calls the events of 6 January “domestic terrorism”.There’s even a jingle playing, “You’re locked up sucker, we can hear you pucker. Donnie you’re done, we are free at last.” I spoke to one of the organizers. He says they will be camping out here 24/7 until the end of the trial. Article share tools
Posted at 0:370:37What was up with Trump and Georgia? Dean closed out her time by talking about Georgia: a typically conservative state Biden unexpectedly won. She notes that Georgia election officials – Trump’s fellow Republicans – were criticized and pressured by Trump, enough so that they received threats. Dean played a clip of Trump telling the Georgia Secretary of State: “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.”As we mentioned in a previous post, a criminal investigation has now been opened into some of the ex-president’s comments. If you want to know more about what unfolded in Georgia, one of the key states of the 2020 race.
Posted at 0:280:28Are Republicans paying attention? GranvilleBBC News, Capitol HillThe Democratic House managers seem to be having a hard time keeping the attention of their Republican colleagues. During the first two hours of debate today, Senator Rand Paul was doodling (again). It looked like he was sketching the Capitol – and a quite good one too! Senator Josh Hawley was sitting up in the gallery reading papers, not on the Senate floor with the other members. Explaining why he was not on the floor, he told CNN: “I’ve got the trial briefs with me, and I’m taking notes.”I’m sitting up there A because it’s a little less claustrophobic than on the floor, but B, I’ve also got a straight shot. Where I sit in the Senate chamber, as you know, I’m kind of in the corner.
Posted at 0:160:16What’s all this about fraud cases?OK, we’re hearing a lot about court cases right now as Democrats break down accusations that Trump wanted to “steal the election for himself”, as Dean just put it, and pressure state Republicans to go against the results. The Trump campaign filed dozens of court cases to contest the outcomes in several key states, like Pennsylvania and Michigan, whose voters helped hand victory to Joe Biden. Our Reality Check team broke down some of the big legal challenges here if you want all the details.
Posted at 0:090:09’Desperate attempts to stop the steal’Lawmakers are back from their break and the trial has resumed. Next up on the agenda: detailing Trump’s “increasingly desperate attempts to stop the steal” and overturn the results of the 2020 election. Pressuring the justice department, “bullying his own vice-president”, filing dozens of court cases – these are some of the actions impeachment manager Madeleine Dean is now getting into.
Posted at 0:040:04Criminal investigation launched over Trump’s Georgia phone callEPACopyright: EPAGeorgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was overseeing the state’s electoral processImage caption: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was overseeing the state’s electoral process prosecutors in Georgia have launched a criminal investigation into a telephone call by Trump to a top state official last month, asking him to “find” enough votes to help reverse his election loss. Fani Willis, the Democratic prosecutor in Fulton County, sent a letter to state government officials asking them to preserve any documents related to the call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. According to NBC, which saw the letter, the request comes as part of a criminal investigation into several charges ranging from false statements to “any involvement in violence or threats related to the election’s administration.” I just want to find 11,780 votes,” the former president was recorded telling Raffensperger, in a recording released by the Washington Post on 4 January. Joe Biden’s win in Georgia and other swing states secured him the presidency. At the time of the recording, Trump continued to make unsubstantiated allegations that there had been widespread fraud in several states including Georgia. However, the state has since reaffirmed Joe Biden’s victory. This development comes as Donald Trump faces ongoing criminal and civil investigations in New York over his businesses.
Posted at 23:55 10 Feb23:55 10 FebWATCH: Your questions on Senate trial answeredWhat’s happened so far in the Trump trial and where is it headed? The BBC’s Robin Levinson-King put your questions to North America reporter Anthony Zurcher. Video contenthttps://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.39.18/iframe.htmlVideo caption: Anthony Zurcher and Robin Levinson-King answer your questions on the impeachment trial Anthony Zurcher and Robin Levinson-King answer your questions on the impeachment trial
Posted at 23:47 10 Feb23:47 10 Feb look back at what happened leading up to the roots house impeachment managers are taking note of several actions and events that preceded the violence at the Capitol on 6 January. They say that Donald Trump built up the emotions of the mob, repeatedly rallying them to the false claim that he had in fact won the election. Here are some snapshots from November and December, when pro-Trump protesters descended on the nation’s capital to “stop the steal”.Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThousands of Trump supporters participated in the ‘Million MAGA March’ in December 2020Image caption: Thousands of Trump supporters participated in the ‘Million MAGA March’ in December 2020Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesThousands also gathered to hear speeches in Washington DC in November and DecemberImage caption: Thousands also gathered to hear speeches in Washington DC in November and DecemberReutersCopyright: ReutersFar-right Proud Boys made gestures symbolizing white supremacy as they gathered near the Washington Monument in December 2020Image caption: Far-right Proud Boys made gestures symbolizing white supremacy as they gathered near the Washington Monument in December 2020ReutersCopyright: Reuters Proud Boys marched through the streets of downtown Washington DC twice in December 2020Image caption: The Proud Boys marched through the streets of downtown Washington DC twice in December 2020
Posted at 23:39 10 Feb23:39 10 FebDemocrats home in on Trump’s fraud claims were hearing now from impeachment manager Eric Swalwell. He’s walking through Trump’s election fraud claims and past remarks sowing doubt in the voting process.”What President Trump did was different. It was the polar opposite of what any of us would do if we lost an election. Because once the outcome is clear and the judge rules, we concede. We recognize the will of the American people.” An act of war – that’s how Donald Trump prepared his supporters for January 6th,” says Swalwell, referencing a tweet where Trump said if a Democratic candidate had an election “rigged and stolen”, liberals would “fight to the death”.He says Trump was “inciting something historic”.You can watch our breakdown of some of Trump’s claims here. Senators at the trial are now taking a short break.
Posted at 23:31 10 Feb23:31 10 FebThe path to 6 JanuaryLaura TrevelyanBBC World News America presenterGetty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesHouse impeachment managers are going all the way back to a pivotal TV interview on Fox News, on 19 July 2020, when President Trump refused to commit to recognizing November’s election result and by implication to a peaceful transfer of power. Democrats are trying to build their case, point by point. They are trying to demonstrate that Trump’s followers were told from July onwards that there could be problems with the upcoming election, and the only way Trump could lose was if the election were rigged. The road from 19 July to 6 January is the one Democrats are trying to demonstrate.
Posted at 23:14 10 Feb23:14 10 FebTrump and the ‘scandal of our time we’ve just heard from Joaquin Castro about what Democrats say was Trump’s plot to disrupt the election outcome if it wasn’t in his favor.”He didn’t care if the claims were true, he wanted to make sure that his supporters were angry like the election was being ripped away from them,” Castro says, as tweets from Trump appear on the screen. Castro notes how Trump was tweeting about a rigged election, a “scandal of our times” months before the November election even took place.”This was to rile up his base, to make them angry. These were just a few of the many times President Trump tweeted about this. and he did it in speeches, rallies, and on television too.”Now up: Clips of the then-president insisting, many times before Election Day, that it would be rigged. And below, you can watch our clip of Trump refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power back in September. Video contenthttps://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.39.18/iframe.htmlVideo caption: Trump won’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power trumps won’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power
Posted at 23:13 10 Feb23:13 10 FebRep Joe Neguse: Slow and steady Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesDemocrat Joe Neguse, at 36, is the youngest impeachment manager in history. His delivery is slow and plodding. He favors rhetorical questions, taking long pauses after asking.” How many lives would we have saved?” he asks, if Donald Trump had acted differently. He gesticulates, making eye contact with the Senators in front of him. The son of Eritrean refugees, Neguse told the Washington Post newspaper that as he hid inside the House chamber on the day of the Capitol riots, he texted his wife to tell her he loved her, and that “everything was going to be fine”.
Posted at 23:08 10 Feb23:08 10 Feb’These defendants have told you why they were here’Neguse has read out statements from interviews and charging documents of rioters – including some of the extremists, like the Proud Boys, who allegedly came with violent intentions.”We were looking for Nancy Pelosi to shoot her in the [expletive] brain but we didn’t find her,” one Proud Boy member said, according to an affidavit.”These defendants themselves have told you exactly why they were here,” Neguse continues.BBC Newsnight took a closer look at the actions of far-right extremists during the riot – check out the video below. Video caption: Trump impeachment: What the Proud Boys did president’s speech trump impeachment: What the Proud Boys did before president’s speech
Posted at 23:04 10 Feb23:04 10 FebWhy not go after Trump through the Justice Department?Anthony ZurcherBBC North America reporterBBCCopyright: BBCIs there a reason that Congress cannot skip impeachment and allow the Justice Department to pursue charges? – Noah, ItalyImpeachment was a choice Democrats made in the days after the 6 January Capitol riot. It was an action they had fully within their control, and they felt they needed to do something quickly to mark the moment in history and register their outrage at Donald Trump’s behavior. There’s no reason why, even if the ongoing Senate trial results in Trump’s acquittal, that the Justice Department or other law enforcement agencies couldn’t also bring a case against the ex-president. In fact, Trump’s own lawyer Bruce Castor on Tuesday suggested this was the proper legal remedy for holding former presidents accountable, not impeachment. Any decision to charge Trump with a crime, whether by the federal government or, for instance, the local District of Columbia district attorney’s office, would ignite a political firestorm, of course. Prosecutors might think twice about stepping into that maelstrom.
Posted at 22:59 10 Feb22:59 10 FebSenator Rubio: Let the ‘criminal justice system’ handle this trial the vast majority of Republican senators opposed the impeachment trial for Donald Trump before it even began. Some have suggested it is a waste of time and the country should move on. Marco Rubio, of Florida, went a step further by saying the attack on the Capitol should be litigated by the US criminal justice system instead of by him and his colleagues. Rubio has said the Senate’s ongoing trial “isn’t about accountability”.”It’s about demands from vengeance from the radical left. And a new ‘show’ for the ‘Political Entertainment Industry’.” He has repeated his claim that Trump does bear “some responsibility” for what happened on 6 January, but also that a second impeachment is “bad for America”.He was among the Senate jurors who voted both yesterday and last weekend the trial before the prosecution could make its case.
Getty ImagesCopyright: Getty ImagesOn day two of Donald Trump’s Senate trial, the House impeachment managers – the prosecutors – have the spotlight to themselves. Lead manager Jamie Raskin quickly picked up where he left off yesterday, using Trump’s own words on the day of the Capitol insurrection to tie him to the unrest. Trump was no “innocent bystander”, Raskin said. He was the “inciter-in-chief”.He said Trump’s “remember this day forever” tweet while the Capitol was being ransacked were not words of sadness, but celebration. And if the Senate doesn’t convict Trump and prohibit him from holding office in the future, Raskin concluded, such violence will happen again. From here, the managers will lay out the details of their case, including more videos and accounts. But Raskin has set the stage.
Posted at 22:48 10 Feb22:48 10 FebDemocrats highlight Trump’s post-election ralliesOK so we’re still firmly in the “provocation” part of the Democrats’ argument. Impeachment manager Neguse is walking the chamber through several Trump’s comments in the weeks and months after the election – even as Biden has been called as the winner. We’re hearing Trump tell his supporters things like “never surrender”, “we will stop the steal”, and “save the date” for the January march.”We will not let them silence your voices,” Trump tells them on 6 January. Of course, these clips of Trump rallies past are not the new “extraordinary footage” of the riot – we’re expecting those later today. Video contenthttps://emp.bbc.com/emp/SMPj/2.39.18/iframe.htmlVideo caption: Trump protesters: ‘I just want the real winner to be president trump protesters: ‘I just want the real winner to be president’
Posted at 22:40 10 Feb22:40 10 FebHere’s how Democrats are arguing their caseBBCCopyright: BBCDemocratic impeachment manager Joe Neguse has been indicating how he plans to prove Trump’s role in inciting the events of 6 January. There are three key moments: The provocation, the attack, and the ensuing harm.”[Trump’s] false claims of election fraud – that was the drumbeat being used to inspire, instigate and ignite them,” Neguse says of the rioters.