Trump Lawyers Baselessly Claim Antifa Was Behind Capitol Riot In Impeachment Defense

Trump Lawyers Baselessly Claim Antifa Was Behind Capitol Riot In Impeachment Defense

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Lawyers for Donald Trump opened their defense of the former president at his impeachment trial on Friday by claiming that the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol was incited by far-left groups, amplifying an internet conspiracy theory on the floor of the U.S. Senate that has no basis in fact. 

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In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for former President Donald Trump, … [+] speaks during the second impeachment trial of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)


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“It is apparent that extremists of various different strifes and political persuasions pre-planned and premeditated an attack on the Capitol,” Attorney Michael van der Veen said without evidence.

The claim came a day after Democrats rested their case that Trump incited t

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