Trump impeachment: defense wraps up, claiming free speech is at stake – live

Trump impeachment: defense wraps up, claiming free speech is at stake – liveFebruary 12, 2021

  • Lawyers say ‘President Trump did not incite the horrific violence’
  • Trump’s team relies heavily on videos of Democrats saying ‘fight’
  • ‘Accomplice’ senators who amplified Trump lies now get a say in his fate
  • Senate hears how Trump stoked Capitol assault over years
  • Democrats rest case with warning that Trump remains a threat

That was a bit of an anti-climax. Castor finished by pivoting back to the free speech argument Trump’s lawyers made earlier – that Trump’s speech to his supporters on January 6 was protected under the first amendment.

“This trial is about far more than President Trump,” Castor said. He said the trial is instead about canceling speech that “the majority does not agree with”.

Castor suggested that Trump’s speech on January 6 did not incite the riot

The lawyer hasn’t addressed the broader issue of whether Trump’s months-long tirade against the election result had anything to do with it.

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