Donald Trump’s Impeachment Lawyers On Back Foot After Performance Panned

Donald Trump’s legal team entered the second day of his impeachment trial on Wednesday on the back foot after a debut performance that was widely panned by Republican senators, including some of the former US president’s closest allies.

The first day of Trump’s trial kicked off on Tuesday with a powerful opening argument from Democratic impeachment managers acting as de facto prosecutors, who relied heavily on video footage that tried to tie the deadly January siege on the US Capitol to the former president’s words and actions.

Trump’s lawyers appeared to struggle to respond during a subsequent four-hour debate that was intended to settle the question of whether it is constitutional to try a former president once he has left office.

Ford O'Connell, a Trump ally and former Republican congressional candidate, said Democrats were "trying to ... prey upon the horrors of what happened in the Capitol in an effort to paint all Republican voters as extremists and to prevent Donald Trump from ever running for president in the future."

"They see the political game here," he added.

Read more from Lauren Fedor at the Financial Times

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