A spokesman, Eric Suwellwell, who will help prosecute former President Trump for “inciting an uprising,” said House impeachment managers were ready to call witnesses to the upcoming Senate trial.
“If the Senate allows witnesses, we will be ready with witnesses,” Suwellwell, Calif., Told MSNBC on Saturday morning.
MSNBC presenter Tiffany Cross told Swalwell she would like to see Trump’s inner circle called to testify before the Senate for their speeches at the Jan. 6 rally, which accelerated the Capitol uprising, including the largest son of Trump Don Jr. and Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
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Swalwell did not say specifically whether Trump̵
“It’s not just people who have had knowledge of what the president knew,” Swallow said. “The American people saw the police officers who were beaten and spit on and sealed – 50 of them wounded and almost 20 of them hospitalized, one of them killed. The cafe workers who also went into their lives. To this crime.”
Swalwell said the process would be different from Trump’s impeachment a year ago because of a request for foreign interference from Ukraine in the 2020 presidential election. That’s because senators are not only jurors but also witnesses to the uprising, which “they ran for their lives,” he said.
Witnesses were barred from the GOP-controlled Senate in the previous impeachment process.
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Home impeachment managers will shape the uprising as a deliberate attack organized by Trump, Suwellwell said.
“It was not a passionate crime. It did not happen spontaneously with words that just slipped out of Donald Trump’s mouth at this rally. For months he spread this big lie to radicalize these terrorists. [and] to shout … Golgotha in Washington, and he called it “stop the theft,” Suwellwell said.
“And if you are not an elected representative, the only way to stop the theft is through a physical act. He told them, don’t show weakness, you will lose your country if you don’t fight,” Suwell said.
“And then, most importantly, for two hours they attacked the Capitol and the president said nothing.”
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The impeachment process will officially move from the House to the Senate on Monday night. Swalwell is one of nine impeachment managers led by Democratic MP Jamie Ruskin. They are joined by Diana DeGet of Colorado, David Sicillin of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Ted Liu of California, Stacey Plaquette of the Virgin Islands, Madeleine Dean of Pennsylvania, and Joe Negus of Colorado.
The trial is expected to begin in earnest on February 9, so Trump will have time to prepare his legal defense. Trump was impeachment in the Uprising Chamber a week after insurgents stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden as president.
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Republicans are divided over whether Trump is responsible for the uprising. To convict the former president, 17 Republican senators must join all Senate Democrats to vote for a majority.
As Trump’s term ends, the biggest punishment he faces is banned from running again.