Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., one of nine House impeachment managers prosecuting the case against former President Donald Trump, spoke Tuesday about the constitutionality of holding an impeachment trial against a former president.
Cicilline said the Democrats’ case seeks to show that Trump was “singularly and directly responsible” for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a violent mob of his supporters.
“This was a disaster of historic proportion,” Cicilline said. “It was also an unforgivable betrayal of the oath of office of President Trump; the oath he swore, an oath that he sullied and dishonored to advance his own personal interest.”
The Senate is holding an impeachment trial to examine Trump’s culpability in the attack. Many Republicans have said the trial should not go forward because Trump is no longer in office, an argument that is a key piece of Trump’s defense, but Democrats are arguing to proceed.
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