Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to pay close attention to new evidence introduced by the House impeachment managers during the trial of former President Donald Trump, while framing Trump as fundamentally responsible for motivating the rioters who sacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“Those who say ‘let’s move on, that brings unity,’ are false. When you had such a serious invasion of the Capitol. Incited by a president, who we know … told people the election was false, told people to come to Washington, urged people to march to the Capitol,” Schumer said. “When you have such a serious charge, sweeping it under the rug will not bring unity. It will keep the sore open, the wounds open.”
Trump’s legal team denies that Trump holds any responsibility for the mob that stormed the Capitol about one hour after his Jan. 6 rally near the White House. They say his comments do not comport with Democrats’ narrative that he incited the crowd to storm the Capitol.
“Mr. Trump spoke for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Of the over 10,000 words spoken, Mr. Trump used the word ‘fight’ a little more than a handful of times and each time in the figurative sense that has long been accepted in public discourse when urging people to stand and use their voices to be heard on matters important to them; it was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violence,” Trump’s lawyers said in a brief filed Monday.
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