Before proceeding to his final arguments, Raskin underscored the importance of the testimony of Congressman Jaime Herrera Beutler, arguing that the former president’s conduct during the ongoing violence at the Capitol was relevant to the charges he instigated a riot.
“After knowing that there was violence in the Capitol, President Trump took steps that continued to incite the insurgents to ignite and take even more extreme, selective and targeted action against Vice President Mike Pence,” said Raskin.
That behavior, he said, was “apparently an integral part” of the constitutional offense against which Mr Trump was charged by the House for incitement to riot.
Raskin denied the defense’s claim that Mr. Trump’s actions before and after the uprising were irrelevant.
“Of course, your conduct during a crime is relevant to your fault, both to the continuation of the crime and directly. It sheds light on what your original purpose was, what your intention was,” he said.
In relation to his final arguments, Raskin then offered a spirited defense of Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who was one of ten GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of Mr. Trump’s indictment and took her position as No. 3 Republican of the House because of her Endangered support was impeachment proceedings.
“Who says you can’t defend yourself against bullies?” he said after quoting Cheney’s statement on her impeachment vote in which she said, “A lot more will become clear in the days and weeks to come, but what we know now is enough.”
Raskin explained Trump’s efforts to reverse the presidential election result, from the pressure he put on state election officials like Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger to his tweets encouraging his supporters to come out in Washington on January 6 in his defense gather.
“Do you think, imagine, is there any other president in our history who would urge supporters to come to Washington for a wild time?” Said Raskin.
Raskin spoke to senators who may be “flirting with the idea” that the former president’s behavior prior to the attack was appropriate and asked the “key question” to dispel those doubts.
“How did Donald Trump react when he heard of the violent storming of the Capitol and the threats against Senators, Members of the House and his own Vice President, as well as the pictures he saw on television, the beatings and harassment of us learned? ” Cops? ”He said.
Raskin said Mr. Trump’s actions on January 6th made it clear that he supported the rioters’ actions.
“Through his failures and commission actions that day, he abused his office by advocating for the insurgents at almost every point and not for the United States Congress but for the Constitution,” he said.
Raskin pleaded with the Senate to find Mr. Trump guilty of incitement to riot, citing the violence of the mob, the lives lost and the injuries suffered.
“He kept going on them without defending us,” he said. “If that is not a cause for conviction, if this is not a high crime and misdemeanor against the Republic of the United States of America, then nothing. President Trump must be condemned for the security of our democracy and our people.”
Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, who succeeded Raskin, then denied Mr Trump’s attorneys’ allegations that they were unaware of the evidence the managers had presented at the start of the trial, stating that the Senate order had given them access to the material made possible. He also noted that the legal team has never disproved the accuracy of Mr Trump’s publicly available tweets.
Cicilline said he would “insist” on telling his story if charged with incitement to riot. While the Democrats asked Mr Trump to volunteer before the trial began, the former president’s attorneys were quick to deny their request.
Cicilline set the schedule of what Mr. Trump knew and when he knew. He denied defense claims that Mr. Trump did not know Pence was in danger, noting that the former president had “done nothing” to help his vice president.
The President, he said, was essentially conveying, “You have what you deserve”.
“His unique focus: stopping the confirmation of his opponent’s choice,” said Cicilline. “He instigated the violence to stop the certification, he attacked the vice president and instigated the insurrection to pressure the vice president to stop the certification, he called Senator Tuberville to stop the certification, and he refused to send help to Congress, and that Congress and the Vice President of the United States were in mortal danger for trying to stop certification. “
Mr. Trump’s “only focus was on stealing the choice for yourself,” he said.
“President Trump deliberately cheated on us,” said Cicilline. He added that everyone in the Capitol “was on their own against an attack he instigated and he could stop alone.”