The actions of Donald Trump before the assault on Congress on January 6 constitute a “betrayal of historic magnitude,” accusing Democratic prosecutors at the impeachment trial of the former US president, in their argument published Tuesday. “President Trump has instigated a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol” and his “desire to stay in power at all costs is a betrayal of historic proportions. It calls for a conviction ”at the end of this trial which begins in the Senate on February 9, they say.
“It is impossible to imagine that the events of January 6 took place without the president creating a powder keg, lighting a match and then seeking to take personal advantage of the chaos that followed,” assure prosecutors, elected Democrats of the House of Representatives.
The legality of the proceedings contested
The first president in American history to face a second impeachment trial, Donald Trump is accused of “incitement to insurgency” for having encouraged thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington on January 6 to storm and occupy Congress. The violence left five people dead.
The former president never explicitly acknowledged his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden on November 6, denouncing without evidence massive fraud during the ballot.
On January 6, Donald Trump called on his supporters to march to Capitol Hill when elected officials certify the victory of his rival. The Republicans, for their part, are contesting the legality of prosecution against a president no longer in office.
But “the Constitution governs the first day of a president’s mandate, his last day, and all those in between”, say prosecutors who want to make this trial an example for history. “Failure to condemn would encourage future leaders to try to retain power by all means and suggest that there is no limit that a president can exceed,” they explain.