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🇺🇸 Article about the ongoing trial of former president Donald Trump
The trial of Donald Trump regarding the Capitol assault has been a subject of intense debate between Democrats and Republicans.
On the Republican side, many remain firmly convinced that the 2020 election was tainted by fraud despite evidence to the contrary. Donald Trump himself described the Capitol assault as "the largest movement in history to restore America's greatness."
The majority of Republicans rejected the work of the investigative committee, calling it "the most political and least legitimate in US history."
During the trial, Trump's defense denounced it as a "political vendetta" by Democrats, calling it an "unconstitutional political farce."
On the Democratic side, they argued that Donald Trump summoned and incited the crowd and lit the fuse for this attack.
They used images from the assault to highlight its violence and its connection to Trump's repeated lies.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called Donald Trump's acquittal vote a "day of infamy in Senate history."
In the end, Trump was acquitted by the Senate. However, seven Republican senators voted against him, joining with Democrats. While their numbers were not enough to reach the two-thirds majority required for conviction, this vote remains significant.
Six days after the Justice Department indicted Donald Trump on felony charges related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election, new developments continue to unfold. Trump accused special counsel Jack Smith of violating his First Amendment rights by requesting a court order preventing him from disclosing evidence gathered by prosecutors. He also criticized Judge Tanya Chutkin and called for her recusal from the case. In Florida, Judge Aileen Cannon rebuked efforts to seal filings in a classified documents case and asked Washington-based prosecutors for more information.
Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Attorney General Bill Barr both expressed willingness to testify as witnesses in Trump's trial. Barr reiterated that he told Trump three times after the election that there was no evidence of fraud that could change the outcome. Pence revealed that Trump's lawyers asked him to "reject votes outright" and "overturn the election" on January 6, 2021.
Trump's demands in the election case seem baseless, as courts often restrict evidence dissemination, and Judge Chutkin is an experienced federal judge randomly assigned to the case. Even one of Trump's lawyers cautioned against trying to remove her.
Despite these ongoing developments, other Republican contenders in the primary race are being overshadowed by news surrounding Trump. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis rejected claims that the 2020 election was stolen but echoed some of Trump’s talking points about weaponized justice systems.
The key question now is whether these indictments will continue rallying Republican voters behind Trump or if fatigue over this saga will set in before primaries begin. While many Republicans still support him, recent data suggests doubts about his innocence may be creeping in among some within his party.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that if convicted by a jury of a felony crime, 45% of Republican respondents would not vote for him while only 35% said they would; others were unsure or did not respond. The poll also showed concerns among voters about the impact of prosecuting Trump, with 56% believing it would deepen divisions in the country.
As the legal cases against Trump unfold, Americans are understandably nervous about what lies ahead. The resilience of the American system and its commitment to the rule of law will face another test.
Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to 37 federal charges in Miami on Tuesday. The charges, which include willful retention of national defense information and conspiracy to obstruct justice, stem from an investigation into his alleged improper retention of classified records at Mar-a-Lago. This marks the first time in U.S. history that a former president has faced federal criminal charges. Despite the indictment, Trump remains the front-runner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. His defense team argued that this prosecution is akin to political persecution seen in dictatorships like Cuba and Venezuela. If convicted on all counts, Trump could face decades in federal prison.
In addition to these charges, Trump was also indicted for his involvement in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Four federal charges were brought against him related to defrauding the United States, obstruction of an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights. He has been ordered to appear in court for arraignment on Aug. 3.
Trump's legal troubles extend beyond these latest indictments as he previously pleaded not guilty to state charges filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg related to hush-money payments made during the 2016 campaign.
The Biden administration's Department of Justice has been accused of election interference due to what some perceive as delayed timing of these indictments amidst Trump's potential candidacy for the presidency once again.
These developments mark a significant moment in American politics with a former president facing multiple federal criminal charges.
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