Joe Neguse, D Colo.”This was not just a speech,” he said.Trump’s supporters were prepped and armed, ready to descend on the Capitol, Neguse said. “When they heard his speech, they understood his words.”Security remained extremely tight Wednesday at the Capitol, fenced off with razor wire and patrolled by National Guard troops.White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would not be watching the trial.”Joe Biden is the president, he’s not a pundit, he’s not going to opine on back and forth arguments,” she said.The difficulty facing Trump became apparent at the start as they leaned on the process of the trial, unlike any other, rather than the substance of the case against the former president.As the House impeachment managers described police officers maimed in the chaos and rioters parading in the very chamber where the trial was being held, Trump’s team countered that the Constitution doesn’t allow impeachment at this late date.Even though the Senate rejected that argument in Tuesday vote to proceed to the trial, the legal issue could resonate with Senate Republicans eager to acquit Trump without being seen as condoning hisbehaviour.Defencelawyer Bruce Castor said Tuesday he shifted his planned approach after hearing the prosecutors’ emotional opening and instead spoke conversationally to the senators, saying Trump’s team would denounce the “repugnant” attack and “in the strongest possible way denounce the rioters.” He encouraged the senators to be “cool headed” as they assessed the arguments.Trump attorney Schoen turned the trial toward starkly partisan tones, arguing the Democrats were fueled by a “base hatred” of the former president.A frustrated Trump on Tuesday revived his demands to focus on his unsupported claims of voter fraud, repeatedly telephoning former White House aide Peter Navarro, who told The Associated Press in an interview he agrees. He is calling on Trump to fire his legal team.”If he doesn’t make a mid course correction here, he’s going to lose this Super Bowl,” Navarro said, a reference to public opinion, not the unlikely possibility of conviction.Republicans made it clear that they were unhappy with Trump’sdefence, many of them saying they didn’t understand where it was going particularly Castor’s opening.While six Republicans joined with Democrats to vote to proceed with the trial, the 56 44 vote was far from the two thirds threshold of 67 votes that would be needed for conviction.
The Weekly also sought interviews with city staff, who initially agreed only to answer written questions. When pressed for in person interviews, City Manager Ed Shikada agreed to make himself and Police Chief Bob Jonsen available. But he then changed his mind and said no one at the city would answer any questions pertaining to the incident, in writing or in person.