🚨HOUSE MANAGERS ASK TRUMP TO TESTIFY 🚨 pic.twitter.com/uj6k2iVtuY— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) February 4, 2021
Trump says he doesn't want to testify. But one of the many nice parts of being in the majority is you can vote to compel him as a private citizen - and testify under oath.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) February 4, 2021
@maggieNYT got a copy of the prompt reply from Trump lawyers, who calls the invitation to testify a “public relations stunt.” They do not explicitly say "no" tho— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) February 4, 2021
“The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to play these games." pic.twitter.com/FDDMixhVVh
Trump lawyers: “It is denied that President Trump intended to interfere with the counting of Electoral votes.”— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 4, 2021
It's like when you get charges of murder and you say "I am not committing murder right now, this is a ludicrous charge".— DoubleDeuce (@DoubleDeuce) February 2, 2021
Trump’s lawyers admit the Raffensperger recording is authentic. (That may be of interest to prosecutors in Georgia, as well as the Senate.) pic.twitter.com/U1sJernIva— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) February 2, 2021
Yup. Also, they capitalize "earth?" Was that a passage trump wrote out for them to include?— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) February 2, 2021
Are they...stupid?— Brandi Bennett (@bbennettesq) February 2, 2021
Trump literally went on Twitter in DECEMBER and said "Come to DC on Jan 6. It'll be wild."
Ummm k pic.twitter.com/IkzpKztTYP— Leaders find a WAY THRU it NOT a WAY OUT of it 😷 (@gotklss2) February 2, 2021
As I pointed out earlier, Schoen's 1A defense fails for a really important reason: even pretending his incitement was cool (and he wasn't involved in pre-planning), he gave Pence an unconstitutional order, then sicced the mob on him when Pence refused. https://t.co/6gknxiGaaT— emptywheel (@emptywheel) February 2, 2021
Trump told them to stand by. Told them to fight. Told them to come to DC. Told them to stop the steal. Told them to go to the capitol. Told them to make pence stay strong and stop certification of trump’s loss. Waited to send national guard to stop them. Told them he loved them.— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) February 3, 2021
UPDATE: Trump's lawyers also MISQUOTE THE CONSTITUTION in the key passage arguing that the Senate trial is unconstitutional. Article I, Section 3, Clause 7 says "ANY office of honor." Trump's lawyers write "AN office of honor." pic.twitter.com/ZLivUBBCsO— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 2, 2021
Donald Trump attempted to overthrow an election and install himself as an autocrat.
This is an inconvenient truth for congressional Republicans who were complicit in the scheme—the 147 representatives and senators who . . . helped propagate Trump's lies—so they want his impeachment trial to be about something else. Anything else. . . .
Having Trump and those close to him testify under oath about the president's actions and lies leading up to January 6 is fertile ground for the Democrats, for two reasons.
1) The fact pattern around Trump's attempt to overthrow our democracy is long and damning and anytime Republicans are asked about it they like to elide the details, pretending they weren't really on board for the particulars. But Trump was serious and literal about the coup, then and now. This tension makes things awkward for Republicans.
2) Most Senate Republicans aren't in a position to disavow Trump's stolen election lies because their voters think that they are eternal truths provided to them by the Mango Moroni on gold lamé tablets. They want their representatives to Fight for Trump, not nitpick his narrative. . . .
[D]emand he testify at the scene of the crime. . . .
The article of impeachment sent over from the House covers a range of Trump's related misdeeds, including some that are much less subjective than incitement. Threatening state election officials and telling them to find votes is not a gray area. Holding meetings about firing Justice Department officials who won't go along with the plot is not a gray area. Repeatedly making provably false claims about fraud in support of an effort to overturn the election result is not a gray area. . . .
[Republican] weaseling will become all but impossible if Trump himself is there to confirm his own transgressions. . . . Trump's congenital inability to acknowledge defeat or even attempt a face-saving lie about how he didn't really want to steal the election puts Republican senators in a completely untenable situation.
The same personality disorder that prevents Trump from admitting defeat should also be used to urge his testimony.
He should be repeatedly called out as a coward and worse if he refuses to take the stand in his own defense. Trump will become apoplectic if he is derided and taunted and mocked without having the White House bully pulpit and a united Republican caucus to defend him as he did during the last impeachment. . . .
Republicans want to play cute with the facts or avoid admitting to the coup motivations in the lead-up to January 6, [but] the president's own testimony will pull the rug out from under them.
Plus Trump's very presence would increase the emotional valence and drama around the proceedings. The coup-neutral Republicans benefit from letting time sand away at the raw emotions of Insurrection Day. That's harder to do when the man responsible for the mob is forced to answer for it in a scene that is without precedent in American history.
Too often Trump has been able to run out the clock on his scandals . . . This is a time to hold his feet to the fire. He must not be allowed to try to end American democracy without having to answer for it.
The United States Capitol was besieged by a mob of Trump's own creating. He should be dared to stand and testify in that very building and reap what he sowed.
Good thread. Read it. GOPs have rapidly moved on to mocking people who were afraid during the violent assault on the capitol they fomented. This amounts to the first step toward their explicit endorsement of the insurrection. Perception of threat is inherently subjective. https://t.co/Jz5JpAcAaK— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) February 4, 2021
The plan is to downplay the level of violence and terror they unleashed, and treat those who refuse to be gaslit as dramatists and hysterics, until even Republicans who described the insurrection *as such* in real time retcon it as a rowdy ho-down nobody had any reason to fear. https://t.co/dT9O2jYMNz— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 4, 2021
Trump gave Republicans a template: lie shamelessly, feign ignorance, lift up racists.— Paula Chertok🗽 (@PaulaChertok) February 4, 2021
🩴Kevin McCarthy’s remarkable flip-flop from “there’s no place for QAnon” to “I don’t even know what it is.” House GOP leader defends Marjorie Taylor Greene by insulting everyone’s intelligence https://t.co/bLYoixxaup
Strong unfrozen caveman lawyer vibes here: "your Q-on - am I saying that right? - frightens and confuses me" https://t.co/gzCuMuyRKD— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) February 4, 2021
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy defends Marjorie Taylor Greene:— The Recount (@therecount) February 4, 2021
"Denouncing Q-on, I don't know if I say it right, I don't even know what it is-- any from the shootings, she said she knew nothing about lasers" pic.twitter.com/R49WoE9TvL
Pretending not to know about a well-known national security threat passes for smart politics in the GOP these days.https://t.co/lhE10ydlSm— NC Vates (@NCVates) February 4, 2021
So he does not know the thing that has been in right wing news for 4 years , inspired at attack on the capital and was listed as a major security threat by the fbi years ago....— Brian D. (@singlepayer78) February 4, 2021
Or he lies.... Both ways look bad
“I also want to tell you that 9/11 absolutely happened,” @mtgreenee says.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 4, 2021
Not only did I never make this claim, but I would never, ever do this.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2021
What Greene is doing pumping this lie to her insurrectionist base is making them feel justified in further violence.
The prospect of stripping her committees clearly isn’t quelling her. She must be expelled. https://t.co/8WvvCgsMQt