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Trump's Second Impeachment Trial: Legal Arguments And Political Implications

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The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted, mainly along party lines, that former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is constitutional. Now senators must determine whether Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors by inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Impeachment managers have since begun laying out their case by highlighting the former president's language during a rally on Jan. 6 and his frequent unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, and linking that with the violence that erupted at the Capitol that day as the Electoral College met.

Trump's lawyers have argued that some of the language singled out by Democrats, including urging his followers to "fight," falls well within the norms of political speech protected by the First Amendment. We look at the arguments thus far and what to expect in the days ahead.

Air date: Feb. 11, 2021



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