By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER And Coleen Leng, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – The words of Donald Trump supporters who are accused of participating in the deadly US Capitol riot could end up being used in their Senate impeachment lawsuit as they face charges of inciting violent rebellion. Is falling
At least five supporters facing federal charges suggested they were taking orders from the then president when they marched Capitol Hill on January 6 to challenge the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory. But now those comments, captured in interviews with reporters and federal agents, are likely to be taken to center stage as Democrats hold out their case. This is the first time a former chairman will face such allegations after quitting.
“I think I was basically following my president. I was following what we were called to do. He asked us to fly there. They asked us to be there, “Jenna Ryan, A. Texas The Dallas-Fort Worth TV station told the real estate agent posted a photo on Twitter, flashing a peace sign next to the broken capital window.
Jacob Chansley, The Arizona A photo of the man in the Senate, who was shirtless and wore a fur cap with paint and horns on his face, has similarly raised a finger on the trump.
Chansley telephoned the FBI the next day of the rebellion and told agents that he traveled at the president’s request that all ‘patriots’ arrive in DC on January 6, 2021.
Before Trump’s term ended, Chanley’s attorney lobbied for a pardon for his client, saying that Chancelle “felt like he was responding to our president’s call.” Officials say that while on a sit-in in the Senate Chamber, Chancelle wrote a threatening note to then-Vice President Mike Pence saying: “It’s only a matter of time, justice is coming.”
Trump is the first president to impeach twice and the first to face trial after stepping down. This charge is currently “inciting violence against the United States government.” His impeachment lawyer, Butch Bowers, did not respond to calls for comment.
The open debate in the trial will begin in February. 8. House Democrats who incited Trump to impeach Trump last week say inciting a storm of the Capitol requires full co-ordination before the country and Congress.
For weeks, Trump defied his supporters against the election result and urged them to come to the Capitol on 6 January to create a ruckus against Biden’s victory. Trump spoke to the crowd near the White House before they marched along. Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill.
“We will never give up. We will never agree. It does not happen, ”Trump said. You do not accept when you are involved in theft. There is enough in our country. We will not take it now. “
He later said: “If you don’t fight like hell you can no longer go to the country.” He asked supporters to go to the Capitol to “make their voices heard with peace and patriotism”.
A few days after the attack, Trump took no responsibility for his part to thwart the violence: “People thought what I said was completely justified.”
Unlike a criminal trial, where there are strict rules about what is and is not evidence, the Senate can consider it. And if they could show that Trump’s words made a real impact, then all the better and scholars expected it at trial.
“Bringing the statements of those people is part of proving that it would be at least reasonable for a rational person to expect that what Trump said and did would make sense to those people. He,” Frank Bowman, Said a constitutional law expert and professor of law at the university Missouri.
A retired firefighter from Pennsylvania told a friend that he traveled to Washington with a group of people and that the group heard Trump’s speech and then “followed the president’s instructions” and went to the Capitol, an agent told the court Written in papers. The man, Robert Sanford, is accused of throwing a fire extinguisher that killed three Capitol Police officers.
Another man, Robert Bauer KentuckyThe FBI told agents that “they marched in the US Capitol because President Trump asked them to do so,” officials wrote. His cousin, Edward Hemenway, from Virginia, Told the FBI that he and Bauer headed to the Capitol after Trump “said something about taking Pennsylvania Avenue.”
By Friday more than 130 people were facing federal charges; Prosecutors have promised that more cases – and more serious charges – are coming.
Most of the people arrested so far have been charged with offenses such as unlawful entry and disorderly conduct, but this week prosecutors filed conspiracy charges against three self-described members of a paramilitary group that authorities say attacked Plotted. A special group of prosecutors are investigating whether to bring charges of treason, who hold up to 20 years in prison against any rioter.
Two-thirds of the Senate is required to convict. And many Republicans – including Kentucky’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – have condemned Trump’s words, it is unclear how many will vote to convict him.
“While the statements of those people have served to capitalize on the case of the House Manager, I think President Trump has benefited from a Republican party that is unwilling to look at the evidence,” said Michael Gerhardt, of the university A professor North carolina The School of Law which testified before the House Judiciary Committee during Trump’s first impeachment hearing in 2019.
“They stood by him for the entire first impeachment proceedings, thinking that the phone call with the President of Ukraine was perfect and I’m sure they would think it was a perfect speech. Gerhardt said that to suggest There is nothing that they would think otherwise.
Riechers reported from Boston.
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