White House press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden’s silence on the impeachment trial means he is working on his rescue plan for the American people.
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This comes on the opening of the first full day of arguments, the lead House prosecutor said they will lay out evidence that shows former President Donald Trump encouraged a rally crowd to head to the Capitol, then did nothing to stem the violence and watched with “glee” as a mob stormed the iconic building.
Five people died.
The day’s proceedings were unfolding after an emotional Tuesday start to the trial that left Trump fuming after his attorneys delivered a meandering defense and failed to halt the trial on constitutional grounds. Some allies called for yet another shakeup to his legal team.
Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached.
The riot followed a rally during which Trump urged his supporters to “fight like hell,” words his lawyers say were simply a figure of speech.
He is charged with “incitement of insurrection.”
Psaki also spoke about how often President Biden will get tested for COVID-19 and what is the administration’s decision on people seeking asylum at the border.