Dems argue Trump responsible for inciting Capitol riot

President Donald Trump looks on at the end of his speech during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

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A team of Democratic House impeachment managers is poised to argue that former President Donald Trump is “personally responsible” for inciting the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a swarm of his supporters.

The team of nine impeachment managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., also plans to rebut an argument from Republican lawmakers that it is unconstitutional to try a president for high crimes and misdemeanors after he has left office.

The team laid out its case against Trump in a brief Tuesday morning, one week before the former president’s unprecedented second impeachment trial is set to begin.

Trump was impeached in the House shortly before leaving office for inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which left five dead and forced a joint session of Congress into hiding. Trump at a rally outside the White House shortly before the riot began urged a crowd of his supporters to march to the Capitol and pressure GOP lawmakers, as well as then-Vice President Mike Pence, to overturn Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The impeachment team’s brief accuses Trump of attempting “to extend his grip on power by fomenting violence against Congress.”

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