Rep. David Cicilline, D- R.I., spoke Feb. 10 as House Democrats made their case for why the Senate should convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of inciting insurrection during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump was impeached by the House in January, while he was still in office.
Cicilline argued that those who were close to the former president — including his family members, advisors, and members of Congress — begged him to “do something” about the violence on Jan. 6, but Trump refused.
“What is clear — what we know without any doubt — is that from the very beginning, the people around Donald Trump lobbied him to take command,” Cicilline said on the Senate floor, adding that Trump instead chose to do “nothing” despite having “the power” to stop the violence.
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