Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Feds Charge 211 People in Capitol Riot. Will That Affect Trump Impeachment?” – below is their description.
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers laid out their case against his impeachment on Monday, arguing that his second trial is unconstitutional, that he didn’t incite an insurrection and that Democrats have made equally incendiary remarks.
The impeachment charge against Trump should be dismissed because it violates the former president’s free speech and due process rights as well as being “constitutionally flawed,” Trump impeachment attorneys Bruce L. Castor Jr. and David Schoen said in a 75-page trial brief filed Monday.
“Indulging House Democrats’ hunger for this political theater is a danger to our Republic, democracy and the rights that we hold dear,” the lawyers said in the brief.
Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Senate on a single charge of inciting an insurrection. The House approved the charge after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, delaying the counting of Electoral College votes for President Joe Biden in a violent assault that resulted in five deaths.
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Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.
The United States Electoral College is the group of presidential electors required by the Constitution to form every four years for the sole purpose of electing the president and vice president. Each state appoints electors equal in number to its congressional delegation. Federal office holders cannot be electors.
Of the current 538 electors, an absolute majority of 270 or more electoral votes is required to elect the president and vice president. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority there, a contingent election is held by the United States House of Representatives to elect the president, and by the United States Senate to elect the vice president.
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Joe Biden is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.