Insurrection, per dictionary: “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.”
Trump's lawyer says he's innocent because 'clearly there was no insurrection'
Here are the four questions Raskin left off with last night.
Trump's team answered none of them. https://t.co/BzhfL8hJWA
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 12, 2021
Repeated questions about what Trump knew of the Capitol breach and when he knew it that Trump's lawyers refuse to answer nod at how valuable it'd be to have witness testimony at this impeachment trial pic.twitter.com/iFyvRE2peE
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 12, 2021
Donald Trump’s defense team called House Democrats’ allegations that he incited the Capitol riot “patently absurd” and said the former president’s exhortations that his supporters “fight” on his behalf were ordinary political rhetoric https://t.co/OLrrF23urp
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 12, 2021
— Vox (@voxdotcom) February 12, 2021
This is the defense President Trump wanted from his original team — claims about voter fraud on the Senate floor. That legal team didn't want to touch it. Given Trump has been complaining about him all week, aides did say this would be Bruce Castor's “redemption” day.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 12, 2021
“You must reject this invitation to ignore the First Amendment,” Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen said during the impeachment trial. “It is anti-American and would set dangerous precedent forever.” https://t.co/4CNfqhcYq2 pic.twitter.com/YOolh4K83z
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) February 12, 2021
Former President Trump's attorneys attempted to equate instances of violence that broke out during racial injustice protests last summer with the Capitol insurrection while falsely saying Democrats didn't condemn those acts. https://t.co/2WeDBy3ZTd
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) February 12, 2021
Trump’s Guilt Is Far Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
“I’m told by sources behind the scenes Trump did not want to add stay peaceful at the end of that tweet” pic.twitter.com/Iqap8TQMFA
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 12, 2021
Fixed, in other words because the jurors are operating in bad faith and contrary to their oaths.
— Jennifer 'America is Back' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) February 12, 2021
CONFIRMED: A source close to House Managers tells me that David Schoen was not telling the truth when he said Trump’s lawyers had not been given the new video evidence of the Capitol attack. That person says trial rules required giving Trump lawyers the videos before the start.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 12, 2021
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) February 12, 2021
— tracyweber (@tracyweber) February 12, 2021
Over the last several weeks, ProPublica has interviewed 19 current and former U.S. Capitol Police officers about the assault on the Capitol. Following on the dramatic video of officers defending the building that House lawmakers showed during the first day of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, the interviews provide the most detailed account to date of a most extraordinary battle.
The enemies on Jan. 6 were Americans: thousands of people from across the country who had descended on the Capitol, intent on stopping Congress from certifying an election they believed was stolen from Trump. They had been urged to attend by Trump himself, with extremist right-wing and militia leaders calling for violence.
Many of the officers were speaking to reporters for the first time about the day’s events, almost all anonymously for fear of retribution. That they spoke at all is an indication of the depth of their frustration over the botched response. ProPublica also obtained confidential intelligence bulletins and previously unreported planning documents.
Combined, the information makes clear how failures of leadership, communication and tactics put the lives of hundreds of officers at risk and allowed rioters to come dangerously close to realizing their threats against members of Congress.
In response to questions for this story, the Capitol Police sent a one-sentence email: “There is a multi-jurisdictional investigation underway and in order to protect that process, we are unfortunately unable to provide any comment at this time.”
The interviews also revealed officers’ concerns about disparities in the way the force prepared for Black Lives Matter demonstrations versus the pro-Trump protests on Jan. 6. Officers said the Capitol Police force usually plans intensively for protests, even if they are deemed unlikely to grow violent. Officers said they spent weeks working 12- or 16-hour days, poised to fight off a riot, after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police — even though intelligence suggested there was not much danger from protesters.
“We had intel that nothing was going to happen — literally nothing,” said one former official with direct knowledge of planning for the Black Lives Matter demonstrations. “The response was, ‘We don’t trust the intel.’”
The police had been violently overwhelmed. Congress/staff were in hiding. Even if every rioter complied and was “peaceful,” this was an inherently violent, deadly situation.
The fact that it took Trump about 2 HOURS to tell them (lovingly!) to “go home” was horrific. 2/2
— Tom the Dancing Bug, by Ruben Bolling (@RubenBolling) February 12, 2021