Here’s what happened on Friday, Day 4 of the trial.
Former President Donald J. Trump’s attorneys opened and closed their impeachment defense over a three-hour period on Friday, praising Republicans. The senators then presented questions from each side. They are expected to convict or acquit Mr. Trump on Saturday.
Here are takeaways from the fourth day of testing.
The Trump defense often trumps Trump himself.
Lawmakers praised Mr. Trump’s performance as a major improvement on lawyers’ and a lawyer, Bruce L., on Tuesday. Heighed heavily on the logic and disorganized logic presented by Castor Jr., a performance that was widely panned and Maligned Mr. Trump.
Lawyers for the defense said house managers manipulated their client’s words from the Jan. 6 speech, with Mr. Trump’s much-tilted single use of the word “peacefully” as he urged backers to march to the Capitol , While he used the term 20. “fight.”
Mr Castor said, “House managers said: ‘Go down to capitol and riot.”
But that’s not what Mr. Trump was asking his supporters to do, with Mr. Kester saying: “He wanted to support them with primary challenges.”
The former president stood for law and order, Michael T., one of Mr. Trump’s lawyers. Van der Veen said, picking up the phrase used repeatedly by the president.
“Mr. C. Trump advocated legal action to the contrary,” said Mr. van der Veen. “He clearly advocated peaceful action at the Save America rally.”
Trump’s lawyers became aggressive with their own videos.
The former president’s lawyers began their defense by attacking the impeachment managers of the House, aiming for several compelling video presentations made by Democrats throughout the week.
The attorneys produced separate screens for the senators, staging footage that House managers showed during the first three days of the trial to explain exactly what the defense argued. Many were described as “managers” and “real”.
“Like every other politically motivated witch hunt that the Left has worked on over the past four years, this impeachment is completely divorced from the facts, evidence, and interests of the American people,” Mr. van der Veen said.
The motive behind the word ‘fight’ came to light.
Mr. Trump’s defense team presented a rapid-fire video montage of Democrats calling the word “fight” in their political speeches, challenging a major House argument that Mr. Trump called his supporters a “fight” in the Jan. 6 attack. Provoked A speech just before urging her to go to Catalit.
Earlier in the week, House managers ran a video of the speech, in which Mr. Trump said: “We fight like hell. And if you don’t fight like hell, you can no longer go to the country.
Lawyers for Mr. Trump say this abusive language is common among politicians, as demonstrated by the video montage, which he said includes all House managers as well as Democratic senators using phrases such as: “Fight for ‘You Won’t Get You’ Get Into This Battle.” “We’ll Fight When We Fight.” “We’re in this fight for our lives.”