Democrats seeking to indict former US President Donald Trump for “inciting his supporters to storm Congress” said Trump was well aware of what he was doing when he called on his supporters to rally.
On the third day of the trial, Democratic members of the House of Representatives provided example after Trump’s practices before the attack to clarify his intentions when he called on his supporters to go to the Congress and “fight hard.”
“What happened on January 6 was not a sudden shift from normal, law-abiding behavior and a peaceful approach,” said Jimmy Raskin, director of the Democrats’ team at trial. “It was his basic approach.”
Democratic Representative Diana Digity said that when authorities brought criminal charges against a number of those who stormed Congress, they said they believed they were carrying out Trump’s orders that day.
“The president asked them to be there, so they really thought they wouldn’t be punished,” she added.
And Democrats will likely not be able to muster the number needed to convict Trump and deny him any public office again, given that only 6 Republicans joined the Democrats in voting in the 100-member Senate in favor of going through with the trial.
The conviction needs the approval of two-thirds of the Council members, which means the support of at least 17 Republican members.
The House of Representatives led by Democrats charged on January 13, incitement to revolt for the former Republican president, who ended his mandate on January 20.