former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyer David Schoen (Getty Images)
Friday, 12 February 2021 12:45 PM
Donald Trump’s lawyers on Friday began laying out their case for why the former president should be acquitted of inciting last month’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, arguing the impeachment trial was an act of “political vengeance” by Democrats.
The defense is expected to take three to four hours to argue that Trump was not responsible for inciting the Jan. 6 riot, which sent lawmakers scrambling for safety and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer.
Trump’s lawyers have said his rhetoric was protected by the U.S. Constitution’s free speech guarantee and that prosecutors had not directly connected the actions of the rioters to Trump.