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Trump's legal team says accusation of incitement is 'absurd'

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It is "patently absurd on its face" to claim that Donald Trump incited the deadly riot at the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to prevent the certification of the presidential election results, says lawyer Michael van der Veen as he addresses Senators at the second impeachment trial of the former US president in Washington. Trump's lawyers concluded their presentation in roughly three hours.

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- Oh, my god.

MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: This impeachment is completely divorced from the facts, the evidence and the interests of the American people. The Senate should promptly and decisively vote to reject it.

DAVID SCHOEN: The hatred that the House managers and others on the Left have for President Trump has driven them to skip the basic elements of due process and fairness and to rush an impeachment through the House, claiming, quote, "urgency."

BRUCE CASTOR: It asks for Constitutional cancel culture to take over in the United States Senate. Are we going to allow canceling, and banning, and silencing to be sanctioned in this body?

BERNIE SANDERS: And the question I'm interested in asking Trump's attorneys is do they believe that's true. Who won the election? Are the House prosecutors right in saying it's a big lie? I happen to think that's true. It is a big lie. Or do they still perpetuate the myth, the big lie, that Trump won.