Ahead of next week’s Senate trial against former President Donald Trump, anxious House impeachment managers are reportedly ready to lay out their case.
Trump’s attorneys, however, have reportedly devised a plan that might turn the entire impeachment effort around on Democrats who are accusing him of “inciting an insurrection” ahead of last month’s riot on Capitol Hill.
“Put free speech on trial”
According to reports, the lawyers claim they will be focused on rehashing previous comments from top congressional Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
In remarks to podcast host Sebastian Gorka, Trump adviser Jason Miller revealed the apparent position the former president’s legal team will be taking.
Since Democrats have faulted Trump for his rhetoric in the hours and days prior to the Capitol building siege by supporters upset over the results of the November election, Miller said congressional critics are now attempting to “put freedom of speech on trial.”
In response, Trump’s defense is expected to hinge on the fact that Democrats should be held to the same standard.
“By doing that we’re going to turn it around and make sure that Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters—all the radical crazies—on the Democratic side themselves are going to be on trial,” Miller said.
“Whenever we have to show up”
The strategy could pay off, given the fact that these and other high-profile Democrats have gone on the record with outlandish remarks about Trump and his supporters without summarily facing impeachment or similarly harsh reprimand.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) pointed out that as recently as 2018, Pelosi asked a question that could be grounds for impeachment — at least by the current standards.
“Here’s a quote: ‘I just don’t even know why there aren’t more — why there aren’t uprisings all over the country and maybe there will be,'” Gohmert said of the House speaker, going on to indicate that GOP lawmakers used logic and determined that her use of figurative language should not be considered an incitement of violence.
Waters has made a series of inflammatory remarks about members of the Trump administration, instructing her supporters to harass them whenever they are seen in public.
“Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up,” she said in 2018. “And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”