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Democrat Testifies in Trump Case

via Forbes Breaking News
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Hearings have begun to determine if the 14th Amendment disqualifies Donald Trump from running for president in 2024 due to his alleged involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Eric Swalwell testified in a trial in Colorado that seeks to keep former President Donald Trump from appearing on the Colorado primary ballot.

The case was brought by a left-leaning group representing six voters in Colorado, arguing that President Trump participated in an “insurrection,” thus disqualifying him from holding elected office, according to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. (Trending: Donald Trump Is A ‘Cockroach’ That Just Won’t Go Away)

Swalwell testified via video conference, describing the events of Jan. 6, 2021, from his perspective.

He claimed that the former president had “fired up” his supporters, and it all “came together on the 6th” from what he saw on the streets and during the speech.

“We connected the president’s tweets to our own safety in the chambers,” he said, “and the integrity of the proceedings taking place.”

Trump wrote on X, formerly Twitter, that Vice President Mike Pence didn’t have the “courage” to give states “a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify.”

“USA demands the truth!” the president wrote.

“We interpreted it as a target had been painted on the Capitol,” Mr. Swalwell said.

“As a member of Congress for 11 years, Mr. Swalwell had also been part of the 2013 and 2017 vote certifications for the presidency,” the report explained. (Trending: Joe Biden Historic Take Down of Guns)

“New Congress [is] sworn in on the third, and on the sixth is when the votes are certified,” he said.

“Myself and everyone around us on the floor had our phones out, and we were watching intently what was going on around us at the Capitol,” he said, adding that they also received alerts of potential pipe bombs. “This was between 1 and 2 o’clock.”

“Until that moment I did not know there were gas masks under our seats,” he said. “I think people were surprised they were even there.”

“It was well known … that President Trump believed that Vice President Pence had the power to object to the electoral ballots that were being sent from the states,” Mr. Swalwell said.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against Trump, accusing him of inciting and aiding the mob.

The hearings include testimonies from police officers who were present during the attack and California Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Trump’s attorney argues that the suit is “anti-democratic” and plans to call witnesses to discuss the meaning of the 14th Amendment.

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