The defense of former U.S. President Donald Trump in the impeachment case considered the process unconstitutional. The hearing is being broadcast on the U.S. Senate website.
Trump’s lawyer Michael van der Veen, in a statement, called the case “an unfair and clearly unconstitutional act of political retaliation.”
“No thinking person could seriously consider that the president’s Jan. 6 speech was an incitement to violence or a riot,” the lawyer said.
He said the former head of state was urging supporters to defend their rights peacefully.
On Nov. 3, the U.S. presidential election was held, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden. His predecessor, Donald Trump, did not recognize the election results and challenged them in the courts.
On January 6, Trump supporters stormed the building of the U.S. Congress, interrupting the session at which the parliament was to approve the election results.
On Jan. 13, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass an impeachment resolution. The U.S. Senate recognized the process as constitutional.
At the same time, during the hearing, a number of senators from the U.S. Republican Party said that the prosecution had not brought enough evidence to link Trump to the riots at the Capitol.