The House Democratic impeachment managers opened the second day of the impeachment trial by laying out how former President Donald Trump laid the groundwork for the Capitol insurrection months before the attack itself.
They used clips of Trump spreading election fraud lies and preparing various rally crowds to “fight” for his electoral victory. The presentation was a direct rebuttal to Trump’s lawyers, who have argued that he cannot be held responsible for the raid because it was planned before his infamous January 6 speech.
The managers are planning to unveil new footage from Capitol security cameras at some point on Wednesday, according to senior aides. The video, an aide said, would show how close the situation came to even more fatal escalation.
The managers pulled off an effective presentation Tuesday, showing evocative clips of the insurrection to undergird head manager Rep. Jamie Raskin’s (D-MD) emotional and deeply personal argument. Democratic and Republican senators alike said that the impeachment managers outperformed Trump’s lawyers, to the point that Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) actually changed his mind on the constitutionality of the impeachment trial.
Follow along with the proceedings below.