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Impeachment Trial: Lawyers For Donald Trump Accuse Democrats Of Hating Former President

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The lawyers for Donald Trump made their case Friday, accusing Democrats of hating the former president; CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: --again here at 5:00 with the lawyers for Donald Trump making their case today accusing the Democrats of hating the former president.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: The hearing is still going on right now. And a vote could happen this weekend. CBS News Dick Brennan here in studio with more on today's developments. Dick.

DICK BRENNAN: Kristine and Maurice, Mr. Trump's attorneys took only a few hours to make their case. But they stuck to a few points, among them that the former president never intended to incite violence. In fact, they say he had called for peace.

MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: To claim that the president in any way wished, desired, or encouraged lawless or violent behavior is a preposterous and monstrous lie.

DICK BRENNAN: The Trump defense team got to make their case that Mr. Trump's words were not designed to incite.

DONALD TRUMP: And if you don't fight like hell, you're not gonna have a country anymore.

DICK BRENNAN: They said that the word "fight" has been used in political speeches for hundreds of years.

- And we fight like hell.

- --to fight--

- --to fight--

- --fight against the Trump administration.

- Democrats are standing up to fight--

- We're in this fight in a serious way.

- --fight.

DICK BRENNAN: Mr. Trump's lawyers also said Democratic House managers selectively edited Mr. Trump's speech and never played an important part.

DONALD TRUMP: I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.

BRUCE CASTOR: And the House managers heard-- took from that go down to the Capitol and riot.

DICK BRENNAN: Trump attorneys called Democrats hypocrites for accusing Mr. Trump of using provocative language and then showed comments from Democratic leaders.

JOE BIDEN: If we were high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.

- But I think you need to go back and punch him in the face.

- Feel like punching him.

DICK BRENNAN: The defense also made the case that Mr. Trump was immediate in his call for calm, tweeting just 27 minutes after his speech ended.

- At 2:38, President Trump urged protesters at the US Capitol "Please support our Capitol Police and law enforcement. They are truly on the side of our country. Stay peaceful."

DICK BRENNAN: In a question and answer session afterwards, both sides were asked that when the president sent a disparaging tweet about Vice President Mike Pence, did he know that the vice president had been taken from the Capitol for his safety?

- At no point was the president informed the vice president was in any danger.

DICK BRENNAN: But Democrats say President Trump was alerted by a phone call that Mike Pence had been ushered out.

- Our commander in chief did nothing.

DICK BRENNAN: Right now, senators are still asking questions of the House managers and Trump's counsel. Again, there could be a vote as soon as tomorrow as to whether to convict or acquit Mr. Trump. Kristine and Maurice.

MAURICE DUBOIS: All right. Dick, thank you.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Thank you, Dick.