Trump lawyers to present brief defense and pin blame on Capitol rioters

Donald Trump’s lawyers will begin their defense of the former president on Friday in the US Senate trial over his role in the 6 January insurrection on the US Capitol, seeking to distance Trump from the horrific attack. After Democratic prosecutors – called impeachment managers – spent days laying out a meticulous case for why Trump committed impeachable offenses, Trump’s lawyers have signalled they intend to present a brief defence.

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