Trump Impeachment trial live: Capitol rioters thought they were following Trump’s orders as prosecutors slammed
RIOTERS thought they were following Donald Trump’s orders when they stormed the Capitol, his impeachment trial was told today.
Democrat prosecutors claimed Trump "lit the fuse" and "electrified" his fans to such an extent that they believed they would not be punished over the siege.
The third day of Trump's trial kicked off after the former president reportedly blasted the "terrible" impeachment trial prosecutors for showing harrowing videos of the Capitol riot.
However, President Biden revealed on Thursday that he suspects "minds may have been changed" by the disturbing footage that included a clip of a rioter being shot dead.
Trump’s legal team has blasted the “illegal and unconstitutional” trial, claiming Dems want to silence their political rival and "prey on the horror" of the riot.
Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette began presenting on Thursday about "how insurrectionists were following Trump's orders" on January 6, 2021.
DeGette claimed: "They truly believed that the whole intrusion was that the president's orders.
"Folks, this was not a hidden crime. The president told them to be there.
"And so they actually believed they would face no punishment."
The 63-year-old politician closed off her presentation with footage showing hundreds of people outside the US Capitol as a protester can be heard yelling: "We were invited here.
"We were invited here by the president of the United States!"
Another video showed woman saying: "I thought I was following the president. I was doing what he asked us to do."
House impeachment managers gathered for the third day in a row, to further present their case against Trump.
House Dems have another eight hours to reveal their evidence.
Maryland Rep Jamie Raskin, speaking after DeGette, again recounted Trump's use of the words "fight life hell."
Raskin played some footage of Trump "encouraging violence" at rallies – with one instance of former president telling members of the crowd to "knock to cr*p" out of unruly protester.
He then liked the Capitol riot to the Lansing, Michigan siege against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic orders.
Raskin referred to the Lansing chaos as a "state-level dress rehearsal" for what was to come.
He stated: "The siege of the Michigan statehouse was effectively a state-level dress rehearsal for the siege of the US Capitol that Trump incited on January 6th.
"It was a preview of the coming insurrection. President Trump's response to these two events was strikingly similar."
Raskin then slammed Trump for "not bring himself to publicly oppose a kidnapping against a sitting governor of one of our 50 states."
"Trump knew exactly what he was doing in inciting the January 6 mob."
The former president has been watching the Senate trial from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to reports.
The 74-year-old Republican was unimpressed when impeachment managers played never-before-seen harrowing videos of the Capitol siege on January 6, two sources with knowledge of the matter told the Daily Beast.
The footage played during trial included a video of the Capitol mob smashing into the building, distraught members of Congress moving to safety, rioters engaging in hand-to-hand combat with police and audio of Capitol police officers pleading for back-up.
Other videos showed rioters – some equipped with combat gear – roaming the halls chanting "hang Mike Pence."
The sources claimed the former president mocked the Democrats' presentations on Wednesday, the second day of Trump's second impeachment trial.
According to the report, Trump's senior adviser Jason Miller revealed the business-man-turned politician "thought the presentations [were] terrible."
Trump – who was reportedly in "really good mood" – ridiculed his opponents' presentations in private as "an emotionally manipulative ploy" and "an attempt to divide the country," the source told the news outlet.
He also dubbed California Rep Eric Swalwell as "pathetic," the report explains.
Meanwhile, during a Wednesday night interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Senator Lindsey Graham insisted the "not-guilty vote is growing."
The 65-year-old politician took to social media to make the same statement.
Graham tweeted: "The 'Not Guilty' vote is growing after today.
"I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd."
In addition to Graham's comments, James Daniel Jordan told Fox News on Wednesday: "Right now there’s a wall around the Capitol to protect the politicians but, no, we can’t secure the border to protect the country?
"That’s what ticks Americans off more than anything else and that’s why they so appreciated President Trump because he came here and did what he said and fought for the things American families care about and right now they're seeing … this crazy circus of an impeachment."
Unearthed tweets and video circulating the internet show impeachment managers in the trial against Trump using the words "fight like hell" to speak to their supporters.
The phrase plays a key role in Trump's second impeachment trial, as Democrats say the former president used similar language to incite the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Pro-Trump PAC Save America resurfaced a video of California Rep Eric Swalwell and old tweets fromRaskin using the same language Trump used in his speech before the deadly riot.
Both Swalwell and Raskin spoke on the second day of Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday.
Swalwell used the phrase as well in a 2019 interview with CNN, where he said he would "fight like hell" to make sure the American people saw Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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