Trump impeachment lawyer doesn't think Capitol riot videos should be shown at trial

Stephen Proctor
·2 min read

Following the departure of his impeachment attorneys, former President Donald Trump put together a new legal team, including David Schoen, who appeared Monday on Hannity. Trump was impeached a historic second time in the House following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, an insurrection that Trump is accused of inciting. The Senate impeachment trial is set to begin on Feb. 9, and Schoen argued that video footage of the insurrection should not be presented.

“Does this country really need to see videotapes? We know now, apparently, that Mr. Swalwell and the other managers intend to show videotapes of the riots, people calling in, people being hurt, police officers talking. Why does the country need that now?” Schoen asked. “We would stipulate that there was a riot that went on that day. It was a tragedy — this had nothing to do with President Trump, and the country doesn’t need to just watch videos of riots and unrest.”

Schoen, who was in talks to defend Jeffrey Epstein before the accused child sex trafficker died under mysterious circumstances while in jail in 2019, also weighed in on the possibility that Senate Democrats will allow witnesses at the impeachment trial. Republicans blocked witnesses from being called in Trump’s first Senate impeachment trial.

“I would say, you also should be able to call, then, many of the senators as witnesses because of the awful bias and prejudgement they’ve shown,” Schoen said, later adding, “Both sides, everyone, it’s clear to them: Donald Trump undercut democracy. How can we possibly have a fair trial?”

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