House prosecutors plan to “prosecute” Trump for a violent crime and present videos and evidence that “no one has seen before” to convict the former president of inciting the rebellion. at the Capitol on January 6th.
“There is compelling and overwhelming evidence,” one of the senior helpers in the prosecution team told reporters Tuesday morning. “It’s going to be more like a criminal case for a violent crime, because that’s it.”
When asked to describe the new evidence, another assistant said, “Stay with us.”
The trial begins today with whether the president has left the constitutionality of the prosecution trial unconstitutional. Prosecution managers argue that there is no “January exception” that would allow the president to commit non-accusatory acts and avoid punishment by leaving office.
Jamie Raskin, the Maryland Democrat and chief accountant, will begin constitutional arguments on Tuesday, followed by Joe Neguse, Colorado and David Cicilline, Rhode Island representatives.
When the Senate voted last month on the constitutionality of founding a former president, five Republicans joined the Democrat in favor of the trial: Maine Senator Susan Collins, Alaska Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney Utah, Ben Sasse Nebraska and Pat Toomey Pennsylvania.
Since the verdict requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate, some observers have argued that the vote on constitutionality shows that Mr Trump will not be convicted in the end. The lead assistant of the accountability group disagreed.
“It is possible that tribalism and allegiance to Trump can surpass good judgment, but we do not consider last week’s procedural vote or today’s vote to be dispositive in this case,” the assistant said. “It may be very good for senators to change their minds and vote for condemnation.”
Managers are expected to cite Chuck Cooper, who represented Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton. Cooper said the trial was constitutional in Sunday’s issue of The Wall Street Journal.
Accountability leaders met every day, sometimes twice a day, to prepare their case. They will have two hours on Tuesday to discuss the constitutionality of the indictment, and they can raise their case up to 16 hours later this week. Raskin also leads the initial arguments.
Assistants would not say whether they plan to call witnesses or issue a subpoena to Mr Trump, who rejected a request for voluntary testimony last week.