Democratic impeachment managers began their trial against former President Donald Trump by showing a 13-minute graphic video of the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.
Many are saying that the footage shown is not admissible in a court of law, including Trump impeachment defense attorney David Schoen.
“They would be thrown out of the court room for showing this video. None of this stuff would be admissible in any kind of court of law,” Schoen said on “The Ingraham Angle” Wednesday.
“It’s not only that [the Democratic impeachment team] wanted plenty of video time today, it seems like they wanted a lot of screen time for themselves. They’re clearly playing to the cameras, to the public all of the time,” Schoen said.
The Democratic impeachment team argued that the former president was “singularly responsible” for the deadly Capitol assault.
“[The Democratic impeachment team] talks about unity and healing. Showing that tape over and over again, the same slides and so on, and manipulated by them, does nothing for healing. It’s the exact opposite. It’s continuing to open wounds for the American public and it is something that President Trump condemned in no uncertain terms, the terrible violence that went on there. So there’s not an issue abut that. They’re just hoping to drum up emotion and get their last shots in at President Trump,” Schoen continued.
When asked if his team is prepared to show similar compelling videos showing that the Democrats could be said to have incited riotous behavior as well, Schoen replied, “It’s a pretty good bet.”
“I don’t commit publicly to any strategy that we’re going to use, I just don’t think it’s wise, but I think that you’ll be quite impressed with the President’s case.”
The Senate will reconvene at noon on Thursday when the prosecution will resume oral arguments.
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In a statement, McHenry reflected on the significance of the House of Representatives in the American political landscape, calling it the “center of our American republic.” He acknowledged the concerns about the future of the institution due to multiple departures but expressed confidence that new leaders would emerge and guide the House through its next phase.
The departure of McHenry and others comes against the backdrop of political shifts and challenges within the Republican Party. The GOP has faced setbacks in recent elections, including fallout from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Internal strife and disagreements, exemplified by the rebellion against McCarthy, have characterized the party’s dynamics. The GOP’s approval rating stands at 30%, with a disapproval rating of 66%, reflecting the challenges and divisions within the party.
As McHenry steps aside, questions loom over the fate of open seats in the upcoming election. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report identifies five open House seats as potential Democrat pickup opportunities, while none are listed for the GOP. The departures raise concerns about the party’s unity and ability to navigate the evolving political landscape.
With a total of 20 departing Democratic legislators and 10 Republicans, the changing composition of Congress adds complexity to the political dynamics leading up to the 2024 elections. As McHenry emphasizes a hopeful view of the House’s future, the evolving political landscape will determine the impact of these departures on the balance of power in Congress.
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