Impeachment trial: Trump ‘blasts “terrible” prosecutors’ over Capitol riot vids as Republicans slam 'offensive' case

DONALD Trump has reportedly blasted the "terrible" impeachment trial prosecutors over Capitol riot videos as Republicans have slammed the "offensive" case.

The former president has been watching the Senate trial from his Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to reports.




The 74-year-old Republican was unimpressed when Impeachment managers played never-before-seen harrowing videos of the US Capitol siege on January 6, two sources with knowledge of the matter told the Daily Beast.

The footage played during trial included a video of the Capitol mob smashing into the building, distraught members of Congress moving to safety, rioters engaging in hand-to-hand combat with police and audio of Capitol police officers pleading for back-up.

Other videos showed rioters – some equipped with combat gear – roaming the halls chanting "hang Mike Pence."

The sources claimed the former president mocked the Democrats' presentations on Wednesday, the second day of Trump's second impeachment trial.

According to the report, Trump's senior adviser Jason Miller revealed the business-man-turned politician "thought the presentations [were] terrible."



Trump – who was reportedly in "really good mood" – ridiculed his opponents' presentations in private as "an emotionally manipulative ploy" and "an attempt to divide the country," the source told the news outlet.

He also dubbed California Rep Eric Swalwell as "pathetic," the report explains.

Meanwhile, during a Wednesday night interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Senator Lindsey Graham insisted the "not-guilty vote is growing."

The 65-year-old politician took to social media to make the same statement.

Graham tweeted: "The 'Not Guilty' vote is growing after today.

"I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd."

In addition to Graham's comments, James Daniel Jordan told Fox News on Wednesday: "Right now there’s a wall around the Capitol to protect the politicians but, no, we can’t secure the border to protect the country?

"That’s what ticks Americans off more than anything else and that’s why they so appreciated President Trump because he came here and did what he said and fought for the things American families care about and right now they're seeing … this crazy circus of an impeachment."

Unearthed tweets and video circulating the internet show impeachment managers in the trial against Trump using the words "fight like hell" to speak to their supporters.

The phrase plays a key role in Trump's second impeachment trial, as Democrats say the former president used similar language to incite the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

Pro-Trump PAC Save America resurfaced a video of California Rep Eric Swalwell and old tweets from Maryland Rep Jamie Raskin using the same language Trump used in his speech before the deadly riot.

Both Swalwell and Raskin spoke on the second day of Trump's impeachment trial on Wednesday.

Swalwell used the phrase as well in a 2019 interview with CNN, where he said he would "fight like hell" to make sure the American people saw Robert Mueller's report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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