Trump Impeachment Hearings 2.0 Begin

Donald Trump was impeached by the House in January for ‘inciting an insurrection’ during his January 6 rally at The Ellipse – a false accusation that he was not even given the chance to defend himself thus ignoring due process.

(TGP) As the Senate began its impeachment hearings, the charge of “Inciting an Insurrection” against President Donald Trump was falling apart. New video documents the moment when black-clad “Antifa” supporters began trying to force their way into the Capitol building, while MAGA supporters tried to stop them. The Gateway Pundit has documented at least 20 far-left “Antifa” activists who were present “Storming the Capitol” on January 6th, including Utah native John Sullivan, who filmed himself inciting mob that led to the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.

Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) lied in his opening statement and said the Democrats’ case is “based on cold, hard facts.” Donald Trump was impeached by the House a month earlier for allegedly ‘inciting an insurrection’ during his January 6 rally at The Ellipse.

As Accuracy in Media reports, the Jamie Raskin took umbrage at a reporter’s “questions about his father’s involvement in arranging conferences with Soviet officials during the Cold War, for the purpose of undermining then-President Ronald Reagan’s anti-communist policies. His father was Marcus Raskin, a former Kennedy administration official who was a founder of the Marxist Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).”

This trial is a sham because Trump is no longer in office, but Raskin cited the framers as he argued a trial of a former president is constitutional. Then he proceeded to play a deceptively edited video of Trump to distort the facts – purposely omitting the part where Trump specifically told his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make their voices heard.2

At the end of the video Raskin and Democrats claimed “seven people lost their lives” by their experiences that day. This is another disgusting lie. The Washington DC Police identified the four Americans killed during the chaos at the US Capitol:

Ashli Babbit, 35-years-old, Huntington, Maryland
Benjamin Phillips, 50-years-old, Ringtown, Pennsylvania
Kevin Greeson, 55-years-old, Athens, Alabama
Roseanne Boylan, 34-years-old, Kennesaw, Georgia.

Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after the rioting likely from blood clot and stroke. Two other Capitol Police officers ‘committed suicide’ later that month.  To blame their suicides on the Capitol riots is completely outrageous and disingenuous.2b

Trump’s lead defense lawyer David Schoen argued before the Senate that Trump wasn’t given any semblance of due process because he was never given the opportunity to confront the evidence. Schoen also said the rabid House impeachment managers are trying to change to Constitution so they can go after one man they hate the most: President Trump.

“Going forward with this impeachment trial of a former president of the United States is unconstitutional…and, as a matter of policy, it is wrong as wrong can be, for all of us as a nation,” Schoen said. Schoen played a compilation video of Democrats calling for Trump’s impeachment since day one of his presidency.3

WATCH:

After initial arguments from the House prosecution team and from President Donald Trump’s attorneys, the US Senate voted 56 to 44 to proceed with the impeachment trial of private citizen Donald J. Trump. Senate Democrats and six Republicans voted to move forward with the impeachment trial.

Republicans voting to join the Democrats in this unprecedented assault on our constitution:

** Ben Sasse
** Pat Toomey
** Susan Collins
** Lisa Murkowski
** Mitt Romney
** Bill Cassidy

And we haven’t even heard from the third member of Trump’s team yet.  His name is Michael Van der Veen, and last year he actually sued Trump for saying that mail-in voting is unsafe…

One of President Trump’s impeachment lawyers previously filed a lawsuit against him. Last year, Michael van der Veen sued President Trump for making “repeated claims” about mail-in voting being unsafe. A personal injury lawyer by trade, Van der Veen had sued Trump on behalf of an independent political candidate in Pennsylvania.

In addition, he has also previously called Trump a “crook”. (Source)

After gaslighting the Senate and public with a well-edited video showing provocateurs attacking the Capitol police, no effort was made by the Trump defense team to show that many of these provocateurs were known anti-Trumpers dressed as Trump supporters. What a joke!

Day #3

Democrats used their time to smear all Trump supporters as terrorists. It’s as if Black Lives Matter and Antifa never existed! And Democrats used video from Antifa operatives INSIDE THE US CAPITOL on January 6th. On Day #3, Democrats proudly displayed photos of activist “Baked Alaska” inside Pelosi’s office on January 6th. The former Buzzfeed video creator live-streamed himself inside the Capitol on DLive, a popular streaming platform, and was later arrested. Baked Alaska endorsed far-left Democrat Andrew Yang for President before he was eliminated, and even filmed a rap music video for a song called “Yang Gang Anthem” that he made about Andrew Yang. He was not a Trump supporter, but the democrats are using these agitators and provocateurs to demonize Trump supporters and gaslight the Senate and American viewers that he represents Trump and was a typical protester.

At least a dozen Republican Senators reportedly walked out of the Senate impeachment trial on Thursday, after  tried to argue that years of Trump rallies were incitement to violence.

National Review reporter John McCormack reported several Republican Senators left the chamber during part of lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin’s (D-MD) presentation, and missed the subsequent argument of Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who argued that Trump was a future danger.

Raskin tried to claim that Trump’s speech on January 6 incited the Capitol riot because he had spent years encouraging supporters to commit acts of violence, or condoning past acts of violence, often using specific coded language to do so. Specifically, Raskin claimed Trump had incited violence against public officials in the past. He tried, for example, to link Trump to the plot uncovered (by the Trump administration) to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last fall, though one of the alleged plotters was a Black Lives Matter supporter, and another plotter had an anarchist flag and hated police.

Raskin also claimed, falsely, that Trump had praised neo-Nazis who rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017 — a familiar lie known as the “very fine people” hoax. In fact, Trump said the neo-Nazis should be “condemned totally.”

The Democrat House impeachment managers concluded their arguments regarding the former president on Thursday. Knowing the main points the Trump team’s arguments are about to make to the Senate, lead manager Raskin included in his remarks that even if Trump’s words on January 6 were protected by the First Amendment, he can still be impeached and convicted for them. Raskin said that the First Amendment cannot be a defense. That is absurd. Not all speech is protected by the First Amendment, but speech that is constitutionally protected must by definition not be any sort of criminal speech. If so, then a person saying it has exercised a constitutional right, and thus not committed a high crime or misdemeanor, and therefore cannot be impeached for it.

Just imagine where Raskin’s reasoning would take this country. If a president is a faithful Roman Catholic, devout Southern Baptist, or Orthodox Jew, whose faith teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that sex is defined by biology rather than the gender a person chooses to identify with, that could run afoul of antidiscrimination laws. The correct response is that such beliefs are protected by the Free Speech Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution’s First Amendment, which trumps federal and state antidiscrimination laws, and therefore are perfectly legal. 

But under Raskin’s view of impeachment, such a president could be removed from office for being an active part of that church or temple because they cannot assert any part of the First Amendment as justifying their words or actions. 

You could make similar arguments for public officials who exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms, or their Fourteenth Amendment rights to travel to another state (like, for example, Florida – which seems to be controversial these days). There could be legal arguments made against those officials, who could assert those constitutional rights as protecting their actions. But if the First Amendment is not a defense against impeachment, neither is it a defense of the rights guaranteed by another constitutional amendment.2 Raaskin is trying to set the stage for further criminalization of defending our constitutional rights!

Source: Breitbart

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Day #4

President Trump’s defense team took the floor of the US Senate on Friday and Trump Attorney David Schoen ABSOLUTELY DESTROYED the House Managers. At one point Schoen played video of House Impeachment Manager Eric Swalwell giving a riveting performance on Wednesday reading off Trump’s tweets with emotional appeal. The account had never been verified by Twitter, so Swallowswell and the democrats photoshopped it to make it look more important.1

The Democrats demonized President Trump for using the word ‘fight’.  Trump’s attorneys responded with a collage of clips from each of the Democrats in the room using the word ‘fight’. The Democrats claim that because President Trump used the word ‘fight’ in his speech on January 6th in Washington D.C.  However, what every Democrat in that room forgot was that they too had used the word previously in political speech. The montage went on for 13 minutes. (The video montage starts at 7:10 timeframe.)3

House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett pointed out that many of the democrats in the video were Black women and people of color – essentially Calling Scoen a racist for daring to call out these untouchables.

Trump impeachment attorney Michael T. van der Veen dropped a bomb on Democrats Friday during their sham political impeachment. Van der Veen reminded the American public, “One of the first people arrested was a leader of Antifa.”

Senators Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham and colleagues strategized with the defense team and questioned the counsel, “Does a politician raising bail for rioters encourage more rioting?” President Trump’s defense team responded in less than 10 seconds ‘yes’ after being given 5 min. Some will argue that Harris was raising bail for ‘protestors’ which of course PolitiFact wanted to make it clear that “not everyone who has been arrested during protests could fairly be described as ‘rioters.”

Celebrities who also helped pay for Minnesota ‘protestors’ bail reported by People Magazine “Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Janelle Monáe and Don Cheadle were among the stars that donated to the organization, sharing the link on Twitter. Kehlani also posted their donations, each giving $1,000.” Fox News reported, “Sen. Kamala Harris promoted the bail fund group that several Biden staffers donated to during the protests that followed George Floyd’s death…”

On the link posted from Kamala Harris’s Twitter reads, “Make a donation to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Your support will help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota.” Attorney Mike Cernovich said Kamala Harris was funding domestic terrorism. Below is the post VP Kamala Harris made promoting the bail fund groups:5

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Day #5 – Trump Acquitted… Again

Democrats flipped the script Saturday morning after their case collapsed on Friday against President Trump. Democrats now wanted to change the rules and call in witnesses. This came after Senator McConnell announced he would vote to acquit.

Former President Donald Trump released a statement following his acquittal on an article of impeachment for “incitement of insurrection.”

“I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth,” the statement began. “My deepest thanks as well to all of the United States Senators and Members of Congress who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.

The statement continued on to say that “our cherished Constitutional Republic was founded on the impartial rule of law, the indispensable safeguard for our liberties, our rights and our freedoms.

It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree. I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issues of the day without malice and without hate.”

Trump stated that “this has been another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country.” He noted that no other president has gone through similar.

The statement concluded that the movement to Make America Great Again is just beginning and that he “has so much to share with you” in the coming months.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell trashed President Trump following his second impeachment acquittal by the US Senate.  McConnell brutally slammed President Trump following his acquittal. McConnell did not hold back as he ripped Trump apart for a “disgraceful dereliction of duty” and attempting to “overturn the election.” He claimed that the protesters stormed the Capitol because they had been “fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on earth,” and that Trump was “practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day.”

“There’s no question – none – that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day,” McConnell said. McConnell went on to say that “this was an intensifying crescendo of conspiracy theories” by a president who seemed determined to overturn the will of the voters or “torch” institutions on the way out.

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Senate Votes 55-45 to Set Aside Rand Paul’s Point of Order That Impeachment Unconstitutional – 5 Republicans Vote with Democrats

On Tuesday Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) raised a point of order that the impeachment of private citizen Donald Trump is unconstitutional.

Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then moved to table or kill Paul’s point of order. Schumer only needed a simple majority vote to set Paul’s point of order aside.

The Senate then voted 55-45 against Senator Rand Paul’s motion.

FIVE Republicans voted with Democrats and against Rand Paul. The list included: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse and Pat Toomey.

The US Senate then moved the impeachment trial to February 9th at 1 PM.

Senator Paul responds

Source: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/breaking-senate-votes-55-45-set-aside-rand-pauls-point-order-impeachment-unconstitutional-5-republicans-vote-democrats/

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