An attorney representing former President Donald Trump wants to prevent members of the House from showing footage of the Capitol riot during the upcoming impeachment trial, which begins in the Senate next week.
David Schoen told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday evening that the footage of the riots has “nothing to do” with Trump, saying the former president has always “condemned violence.”
He asked, “Does this country really need to see videotapes? We know now, apparently, that [Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.,] and other impeachment managers intend to show videotapes of the riots and people falling in, people being hurt, police officers talking.”
He also blasted the decision to impeach Trump at all as “The most ill-advised legislative action” taken in his lifetime, questioning “How can we possibly have a fair trial … when you know that the juror and the judge are biased going in.”
Schoen asked: “Why does the country need that now? We would stipulate that there was a riot that went on that day. It was a tragedy. President Trump has condemned violence at all times, read the words of his speech ... this has nothing to do with President Trump.”
He went on to say that Trump’s second impeachment “is tearing the country apart in a time where we don't need anything like that. I think President [Joe] Biden missed an opportunity to be a statesman and demand that this thing be called off.”
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