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‘Vote to convict’: Indian-American lawmakers support impeachment of Donald Trump

Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi had voted in favour of impeaching Trump in the House of Representatives, so did the three other Indian-American lawmakers -- Ami Bera, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal.

By: PTI | Washington |
February 11, 2021 10:51:52 am
Donald Trump, Donald Trump impeachment, impeachment trialIn this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., agrees to strike some of their impeachment prosecution comments after Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, objected during the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the US Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Photo: Senate Television via AP)

Indian-American lawmakers on Wednesday supported the impeachment of former president Donald Trump for inciting his supporters for violence on January 6. The Senate impeachment trial of Trump began on Wednesday.

“The president incited the crowd that attacked our Capitol and our democratic institutions last month and the necessity of his conviction is as clear today as it was the day he caused United States Representatives, Senators, and their staff to flee for their lives and pray for their safety,” Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi said.

“Watching the former president’s impeachment trial before the Senate, I couldn’t help but reflect on the extremely disturbing events of January 6th. When violent insurgents stormed the Capitol, I was forced to flee my own office with my staff after a bomb was discovered only two hundred feet from my office window,” Krishnamoorthi said.

Krishnamoorthi had voted in favour of impeaching Trump in the House of Representatives, so did the three other Indian-American lawmakers — Ami Bera, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal. “Vote to convict,” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said.

“The video evidence presented at the impeachment trial — Trump whipping up the mob, then the attack on the Capitol — was chilling. We were all there. How can Senators deny that Trump incited that deadly attack on us and our democracy?” she said in a tweet.

Lead defense lawyer Bruce Castor said he shifted his planned approach after hearing the prosecutors’ emotional opening and instead spoke conversationally to the senators, saying Trump’s team would denounce the “repugnant” attack and ‘in the strongest possible way denounce the rioters.”

Trump attorney David Schoen turned the trial toward starkly partisan tones, arguing the Democrats were fuelled by a “base hatred” of the former president.

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