Capitol riot had ‘nothing to do with the president’, says Trump’s impeachment lawyer

Capitol riot had ‘nothing to do with the president’, says Trump’s impeachment lawyer

Donald Trump has already encountered a fair few problems with his impeachment lawyers as many of them have already quit on him, leaving him to depend on the expertise of Bruce L Castor Jr and David Schoen.

The two lawyers, who have previously represented Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Cosby, are seemingly willing to go to bat for the president as his impeachment over the 6th January Capitol riots goes to trial, which is due to start in a week's time.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on Monday, Schoen lamented the impeachment trial calling it "the most ill-advised legislative action that I've seen in my lifetime" and that if Trump were to be convicted it would be a "slap in the face to [Trump supporters] and all fair-minded people."

However, his most absurd protest was to claim had to be that the violence that shocked the world was nothing to do with Trump and that the United States didn't need to see the same footage again.

An irate Schoen told Hannity, "Does this country really need to see video tapes? We know now apparently that Mr. Swalwell and the other managers intend to show video tapes of the riots and people calling in, people being hurt, police officers talking. Why does the country need that now? We would stipulate that there was a riot that went on that day. It was a tragedy. President Trump has condemned violence at all times. Read the words of his speech. It calls for peacefulness. This has nothing to do with President Trump and the country doesn’t need to just watch videos of riots and unrest. We need to heal now. We need to move forward."

The riots that took place on 6th January occurred just a few hours after Trump and other members of his inner circle had given a speech outside the White House which has been cited as evidence that he incited the mob which stormed the Capitol building, leaving five people dead.

Although Trump did later condemn the violence that occurred, at the time that the riot was going on he told his supporters that "we love you" in a Twitter video which was eventually deleted by the platform before his entire profile was completely removed.

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