Daniel Goldman: Trump Did Nothing to Prevent Capitol Hill Riot

‘If the president were really intent on this being a peaceful process and didn’t want any violence and didn’t want them to storm the Capitol, then, of course, he would immediately issue a statement to be peaceful, to be calm’

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GOLDMAN: "You know, Andrea, when we went [indecipherable] there are two overlapping issues. One was convincing the senators and another one trying to convince the public. And I think what -- what the managers will try to do here is a little bit of both. In other words, they’re going to try to make the case but they also are going to try to show video of other people who are storming the Capitol, or motivated and incentivized by the president, and who believe that he was calling them to action. And then they’ll also, of course, want to get into what was going on during the riots. Because this is a circumstantial — this is circumstantial evidence, right? If the president were really intent on this being a peaceful process and didn’t want any violence and didn’t want them to storm the Capitol, then, of course, he would immediately issue a statement to be peaceful, to be calm. He would send in the National Guard immediately to restore calm. That didn’t happen. And so that evidence of what he was doing goes very much to his state of mind, and I think will be critical evidence during the trial."

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