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Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump will call on witnesses to testify at the Senate trial only in the event the Democrat impeachment managers do, according to Trump defense attorney Bruce Castor.

Asked if the decision to call on witnesses rests on how the impeachment managers decide to proceed and if the Trump team would respond by calling witnesses of its own, Castor said “yes.”

Castor made the remarks on the fourth day of the impeachment trial, during which the defense attorneys presented their case and answered questions from senators. A decision on witnesses is to follow, although it is largely expected that neither side will call on anyone to testify. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said he doesn’t expect any witnesses and noted that neither side made a motion in that regard on Friday.

“That’s not gonna happen. I think this is concluded at this point. The rules don’t permit any further proceedings. And nobody’s moved to ask for further proceedings.”

Trump’s team had already shot down a request for the president to testify.

The two sides are expected to deliver closing arguments on Saturday. Castor said Trump’s team would take about an hour of the two hours allotted to each side.

“The senators sort of gave me the feeling that they want it to be concise,” Castor said.

House Democrats, joined by 10 Republicans, approved an impeachment article against Trump last night alleging that the president incited an insurrection by whipping up the mob which attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Over the course of two days, the impeachment managers wove a narrative alleging that Trump intentionally programmed a part of his followers over the course of several years to react violently in the event he lost the election. The alleged plot culminated in Trump directing the mob to attack the Capitol, the Democrats claimed.

Trump’s attorneys argued that the allegations against the president fall apart when examined against the plain text of his speech to supporters on Jan. 6, during which he used common political terms like “fight” in relation to his team’s legal election challenges and the need for Republican lawmakers to take a tough stand during the counting of the Electoral College votes the same day.

With both sides having presented their evidence, no senator has publicly spoken about changing their mind about how they will vote on the ultimate question of whether Trump should be convicted. Forty-four Republicans had already voted against proceeding with the trial, which will likely be a close indicator of the ultimate vote on conviction. The Democrats need to convince at least 17 of the 50 Republicans to secure a conviction.
(Epoch Times)

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Mexican-Made Golden Trump Statue Turns Heads At CPAC

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A golden statue of former President Donald Trump that caused a stir at the annual US gathering of conservatives was made in Mexico,  a country he frequently ‘demonized.’

The statue is large, complete with a golden head and Trump’s trademark suit jacket with a white shirt and red tie. 

Video and pictures of the tribute being wheeled through the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, went viral on Friday.

The conference is seen as a vital gathering of the Republican right, and this year has become a symbol of Trump’s continued grip on the party, despite losing the 2020 presidential election. 

The artist behind the massive statue, Tommy Zegan, has revealed that it was ironically made in Mexico, a country that has been the target of Trump’s policies over the years. 

“It was made in Mexico,” Zegan told Politico’s Playbook newsletter. 

Zegan spent over six months crafting the 200lb fiberglass statue with the help of three men in Rosarito, where he then transported it to Tampa, Florida, where it was painted in chrome, then hauled it from there to CPAC.

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‘It was sabotage’: McConnell ally tells CNN that Trump destroyed GOP’s Senate majority

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The feud between former President Donald Trump and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) shows no signs of slowing down, and a McConnell ally on Thursday said the former president was to blame for costing Republicans the Senate.

Scott Jennings, a CNN political commentator who has also worked on McConnell’s Senate campaigns, told the network that it’s clear that Trump was to blame for his party’s losses in the two Georgia Senate runoff elections.

“It’s pretty clear what happened: a whole bunch of Trump people didn’t turn out because, shockingly, they were listening to Donald Trump when he told them their votes didn’t count anymore,” Jennings said. “It was a sabotage and it was obvious to anybody who has even a little bit of political professional expertise.”

Jennings went on to say that the Republican Party cannot win if it simply becomes a Donald Trump personality cult.

“It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump overall was a net drag on the Republicans because we don’t control anything now,” he said. “He lost the White House, and that was before January the 6th. And so what I think the party has to do is find a way to hold the coalition together.”
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Hillary Clinton effortlessly mocked Trump after his Atlantic City hotel was demolished

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Much like his presidency, Donald Trump’s real estate empire is now starting to crumble around him as evident by the demolition of his former hotel and casino in New Jersey, known as Trump Plaza on Wednesday.

The once luxury 32-story complex situated on the Atlantic City boardwalk had fallen into disrepair and ruin after being closed to the public in 2014 after suffering a downturn in profits at the turn of the century combined with Trump filing for bankruptcy.

The implosion of the building was watched by thousands online and there was much schadenfreude going around as another piece of Trump’s image came tumbling down.

It was quite the moment and we’re just sorry that Trump isn’t allowed on Twitter anymore so we could have gotten his thoughts on the destruction of his old casino.

That being said we do still have Hillary Clinton, who in many ways, isn’t shy of sharing her opinions on social media, especially when it comes to her former presidential election opponent.

Quote retweeting a video of the implosion, Clinton added a simple wave emoji in response proving once again that she is the undisputed champion of succinct Trump trolling.

In January, she mocked the former president after he was permanently suspended from Twitter by using a call back to a 2016 tweet of hers where she told him to ‘delete your account.’

In regards to his demolished hotel, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbit called it an “end of an era” for the boardwalk which is now going to go under redevelopment.
(Independent)

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