Hello and welcome to Saturday’s live coverage of US politics. Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial will resume in the Senate at 10am EST (1500 GMT), and we’ll almost certainly see a vote to acquit him by the end of the day. Here’s a catch-up on where we are…
- Trump’s lawyers didn’t even use a quarter of their allotted time for defense yesterday – arguing the trial was “shameful” and “a deliberate attempt by the Democrat Party to smear, censor and cancel” an opponent. They seem certain they will prevail in a vote.
- His legal team were ridiculed for a video cut to show many politicians using the word “fight” in speeches, while neglecting to mention that in none of those speeches were the politicians in question addressing a rally outside the Capitol on the day Congress was meeting to certify an election result they were trying to overturn.
- For their part, the prosecution continued to assert that the former president never made a strongly worded explicit call on the rioters to halt the attack – his messages continued to say he loved his supporters and falsely complain the election was “stolen” – nor did he send help.
- The point was also made that if Donald Trump had nothing to do with inciting the riots, then why did fellow Republican politicians weigh in on 6 January asking him to call the rioters off?
- It emerged that a ‘nuclear football’ carrying launch codes was with the then-vice president Mike Pence while he was being evacuated to safety, as the mob rampaged through the Capitol with some Trump supporters calling for him to be hanged.
- US Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his bravery during the attack which many believe saved the lives of lawmakers.