(CNSNews.com) – Trump impeachment lawyer Michael Van Der Veen pointly as 2016, the Clinton campaign brought multiple post-election court cases, demanded recounts and ridiculously declared the election stolen by Russia. Many Democrats even attempted to persuade the Electoral College delegates to overturn the 2016 results,” he said during the Senate impeachment trial.
“House Manager Raskin objected to the certification of President Trump's victory four years ago along with many of his colleagues. You will remember it was Joe Biden who had to gavel them down,” Van Der Veen said.
He played a clip that showed Raskin objecting to Trump’s Electoral College votes as w///ell as several other lawmakers, including: Reps. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).
Van Der Veen argued that Trump’s remarks at the Jan. 6 rally was “far from promoting insurrection against the United States” and instead “explicitly encouraged /those in attendance to exercise their rights peacefully and patriotically.”
Peaceful and patriotic protest is the very antithesis of a violent assault on the nation's capital. The House impeachment articles slanderously alleges that the president intended for the crowd at the ellipse to ‘interfere with the joint session's solemn constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.’ This is manifestly disproven by the plain text of the remarks.
The president devoted nearly his entire speech to an extended discussion of how legislators should vote on the question at hand.
Instead of expressing a desire that the joint session be prevented from conducting its business, the entire premise of his remarks was that the democratic process would, and should, play out according to the letter of the law, including both the Constitution and the Electoral Count Act.
In the conclusion of his remarks, he then laid out a series of legislative steps that should be taken to improve democratic accountability going forward such as passing universal voter I.D. legislation, banning ballot harvesting, requiring proof of citizenship to vote and turning out strong in the next primaries. These are not the words of someone inciting a violent insurrection.
Not only President Trump's speech on January 6th but indeed his entire challenge to the election results were squarely focused on how the proper civic process could address any concerns through the established legal and constitutional system. The president brought his case before state and federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the state legislatures, the Electoral College and ultimately the U.S. Congress.