Lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., delivers closing arguments in the second impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump, who is charged with inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Raskin refutes arguments that the former president’s actions after the attack are not relevant to the article of impeachment brought against him.
“If you run over and try to put out the flames, if you get lots of water and … you call for help, a court could infer that you didn’t intend for the fire to be lit in the first place,” Raskin said. “But if, on the other hand, when the fire erupts, you go and you pour more fuel on it, you stand by and you watch it gleefully, any reasonable person will infer that you not only intended the fire to start, but that … you intended to continue to keep the fire going.”
House impeachment managers and former President Donald Trump’s defense team offered their final arguments in the impeachment trial on Feb. 13. The Senate will vote on whether to convict Trump on a charge of inciting the Capitol attack. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
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