Laughter in Senate angers Trump lawyer

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WASHINGTON: Trump impeachment attorney Michael van der Veen told Senators that if Democrats wanted to call a witness, he would call at least 100 witnesses and insist that they testify in person at his Philadelphia office. His lively statement was met with laughter by the Chamber, which visibly annoyed van der Veen. “There’s nothing ridiculous here,” he said. The process is being held in person, but lawmakers are wearing masks and the coronavirus pandemic has halted most normal activities, including close contact at tipping offices. In many civil and criminal cases, this type of work is carried out by conference call.

Final arguments are expected on Saturday in the impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump. However, Maryland’s leading Democratic District Attorney Jamie Raskin has asked for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler to file a new information. She has had a conversation with House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy about Trump’s actions on Jan. 6 when the mob was upset about the results of the presidential election.