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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REPORT: China has vast network of covert police stations around the world
China has a vast network of covert police stations abroad, according to a recent report by Safeguard Defenders, an NGO that focuses on human rights violations in China and other Asian countries. These police stations serve consular functions, but are also used by China to crack down on what the CCP deems “illegal” activity of Chinese nationals abroad. The police stations include at least 38 run by the Fuzhou City police, and 22 run by the Qingtian City police. Cities housing these police stations include New York, Toronto (which has three stations), London (two), Paris (three), Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and Tokyo.
Key findings of the report are below.
“Persuaded to return”
According to China, China has “persuaded to return [to China]” 230,000 Chinese nationals living aboard from April 2021 to July 2022 alone to face charges of fraud and telecommunications fraud. A Yangxia police station set up in Mozambique, for example, persuaded a Chinese national to return to China after being accused of stealing money from his employer. Chinese authorities also put pressure on the accused family to convince the accused to surrender.
Roughly 54,000 Chinese nationals were persuaded to return from northern Myanmar alone, in the first nine months of 2021. In July 2022, the government of Wenchang City warned that its citizens living in northern Myanmar must check in with their local police stations or face multiple penalties including blocking their children from attending urban schools back in China. Similarly, in February 2022, the government of Liayang City stated that Chinese “illegally staying” in northern Myanmar must return or the bank accounts of their immediate family members could be frozen.
The Nine Forbidden Countries
China has claimed that nine countries contain serious levels of fraud and telecom fraud perpetrated by Chinese nationals. Since November 2021, China has declared that Chinese citizens living in these nine countries must return to China immediately unless they have an “emergency reason” or a “strict necessity” to travel or stay in those countries. Those countries are: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, the UAE, and Turkey. However, the report questions whether these countries are truly awash in such fraud, as most of China’s oversees police stations are in the West, and only one of the nine countries (Cambodia) has such a police station. Chinese staying in the nine forbidden countries, as well as threats to family members as stated above, creates a “guilt-by-association” atmosphere intended to repatriate the Chinese nationals.
According to the report, Chinese police stations abroad serve to bypass “bilateral extradition treaties or other mechanisms of judicial cooperation” to cooperate with CCP-linked NGOs which effectively “[sets] up an alternative policing and judicial system within third countries.” Instead of using international judicial cooperation, which establishes due process, the presumption of innocence, and the right to a fair trial, China uses the above “persuade-to-return” methods and transnational police stations to circumvent international law and coerce Chinese nationals to return to China for trials. These policies show the power of China’s long-arm oppression over its own subjects.
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