The Case for Prosecuting Trump: Elie Mystal on Why Criminal Charges Are Still Possible — and Needed

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has authorized a 9/11-style commission to further investigate the January 6 insurrection and the actions that led up to it, as calls grow for the criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump after his acquittal in his second Senate impeachment trial. The Nation’s justice correspondent Elie Mystal says House impeachment managers presented “a fairly compelling case for criminal liability” for Donald Trump over the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. “I think there’s a case for indictment. I think we should at least try,” he says. Source link

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Trump Acquitted in Senate Impeachment Trial After Lawmakers Refuse to Call Witnesses

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Seven Republicans joined with all 50 Democrats Saturday voting to convict Donald Trump for inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, but the vote fell far short of the two-thirds majority needed. Senate president pro tem, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy read the results of the vote. SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: The yeas are 57. The nays are 43. Two-thirds of the senators present not having voted guilty, the Senate adjudges that the respondent, Donald John Trump, former president of the United States, is not guilty as charged in the article of impeachment. AMY…

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Trump acquitted in historic impeachment trial

Donald Trump was acquitted on 13 February of inciting the horrific attack on the US Capitol, concluding a historic impeachment trial that spared him the first-ever conviction of a current or former US president. The trial also, however, exposed the fragility of America’s democratic traditions and left a divided nation to come to terms with the violence sparked by his defeated presidency. 57-43 Barely a month since the deadly January 6 riot that stunned the world, the Senate convened for a rare weekend session to deliver its verdict, voting while armed National Guard troops continued to stand their posts outside the iconic building. The quick trial, the nation’s…

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Impeachment Trial: Democrats Warn That Trump Would Use Political Violence Again If Not Convicted

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, the Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, here in New York, as we turn to what is happening right now in Washington, D.C. We are talking about this historic second impeachment of a president of the United States. That’s right, we are talking about Democratic House impeachment managers having wrapped up their case against Donald Trump saying the former president remains a threat and should be convicted of inciting the deadly January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. Trump’s legal team begins their defense today. On Thursday, lead House Impeachment Manager…

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Capitol Attack: Impeachment Managers Build Case vs. Trump with Chilling New Video of Mob’s Violence

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: On the second day of the second impeachment trial of President Trump, this one for inciting an insurrection, House impeachment managers presented detailed documentation of the events leading up to January 6th. Wednesday was dominated by the presentation of dramatic footage, some of it never seen before, of the violence that unfolded during the insurrection. Footage from security cameras shows the pro-Trump mob searching the Capitol building for lawmakers and coming within about 100 feet, sometimes far less, of the room where Vice President Mike Pence was sheltering with his family. House impeachment managers…

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Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha Blain on Impeachment, White Supremacist Violence & Holding Trump Accountable

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Well, Donald Trump is the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Now the question is if he will be convicted in his Senate trial. And if he is, will they prevent him from running again for federal office? To talk more about this historic moment, we’re joined by two historians, who have just edited a book that puts the white supremacists who rallied around Trump into the longer arc of U.S. history. The book is titled Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019. It brings together prominent Black…

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Senate Puts Trump on Trial in Historic Second Impeachment Case for Inciting Capitol Insurrection

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: Well, history is being made today. The second impeachment trial of a U.S. president, of former President Donald Trump, begins today in the Senate. Since the founding of the United States, the Senate has conducted just three other presidential impeachment trials: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1999 and Donald Trump last year, in 2020. Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office. The House impeached Trump a week before his term ended for inciting the deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, which was aimed…

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Trump supporter charged over Capitol riot and urging assassination of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

A 34-year-old Donald Trump supporter has been arrested for allegedly taking part in the storming of the US Capitol and posting violent threats. The threats included a call to assassinate Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Miller is from the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas. He was arrested on Friday 22 January after being named in a five-count federal complaint. “Just want to incriminate myself” Authorities allege that Miller posted photos and videos on his social media accounts that show him inside the Capitol on 6 January. He was among supporters of then-president Donald Trump who stormed the building on that day. He also reportedly called for violence in online…

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“Unmitigated Disaster”: Michael Eric Dyson on How Trump Turned White House into “Fulcrum of Fascism”

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. Today is Inauguration Day. President Trump has officially left the the White House for the last time as president. President-elect Joe Biden is being sworn in as 46th president of the United States in a scene unlike any in U.S. history, with tens of thousands of National Guardsmen and women in the streets and no crowd of revelers. The heavily militarized event is taking place just two weeks to the day after a right-wing mob of Trump supporters invaded the…

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Profiting from Pardons: Giuliani Aide Told CIA Whistleblower a Trump Pardon Would Cost $2 Million

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: With less than 12 hours before the end of his presidency, Donald Trump issued 143 pardons and commutations, including a pardon for Steve Bannon, his former chief strategist and campaign manager. In August, Bannon was arrested for defrauding Trump supporters who donated to a pro-wall, anti-immigrant nonprofit called We Build the Wall. In recent weeks, Bannon helped promote conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and urged Trump supporters to come to Washington, D.C., on January 6th, when rioters attacked the Capitol in an insurrection that left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.…

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