DONALD Trump’s impeachment trial is under way with the Senate to decide whether the former President incited the Capitol riot.
Trump faces a single charge of incitement to insurrection after he told a crowd to “fight like hell” for his presidency shortly before a large mob stormed the Capitol in violent scenes that resulted in multiple deaths.
Trump is the first president in history to face charges after leaving office, but prosecutors insist the nature of his alleged “most grievous constitutional crime” demands his conviction post-presidency.
In his defence, Trump’s lawyers say that in the same speech he’d urged followers to “peacefully and patriotically” make their voices heard and insist certain phrases have been “cherry picked” to make him look bad.
They additionally claim that even if Trump’s words were inflammatory, he is protected under First Amendment rights to free speech, and say none of it really matters anyway as he’s currently an unimpeachable private citizen.
Trump, who is currently said to be enjoying his life as a citizen at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, has declined to personally testify at the hearing.
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