Democrats focus on Trump’s silence during riot

House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate to pin some sort of culpability on former President Donald Trump during his second Senate impeachment trial, the House impeachment managers now obviously sense that they are unable to connect any of the violence at the United States Capitol to any actions by the former Commander-in-Chief.

House impeachment managers are now ridiculously focusing on Donald Trump’s silence on January 6, as the protest began to unfold at the U.S. Capitol last month.

Rhode Island Representative David Cicilline, one of the prosecutors in Trump’s historic second impeachment trial, said Wednesday that the former president had a “breathtaking dereliction of duty” and violated his oath of office by failing to call off rioters.

Cicilline noted that as senators were being evacuated, Trump mistakenly called Utah Senator Mike Lee while trying to reach Alabama Senator Tommy Tuberville to discuss contesting the counting of electoral votes.

Cicilline says that while Trump did not stop the attack or address it, his phone call made clear his focus was the same as the rioters’: to stop the certification of the election and transfer of power.

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