Trial Highlights: Trump Grievances, Angry Outbursts and More

In a whirlwind defense, Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys aired a litany of grievances, arguing the former president bore no responsibility for the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol while accusing Democrats of “hatred” and “hypocrisy.”

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In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, talks as he answers a question from Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — In a whirlwind defense, Donald Trump’s impeachment attorneys aired a litany of grievances Friday, arguing the former president bore no responsibility for the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol while accusing Democrats of “hatred” and “hypocrisy.” The defense team, which wrapped up its arguments in just over three hours, said Trump was engaged in “constitutionally protected speech” when he spoke at a rally that immediately preceded the violence on Jan. 6 that…

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