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Trump’s Impeachment Defense Lawyer: It Was ‘Antifa’

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Lawyers for former President Donald Trump kicked off their impeachment defense on Friday by making the absurd claim that the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot was the work of “antifa”—then repeatedly playing context-free clips of Democrats saying the word “fight.”

“A small group who came to engage in violent and menacing behavior hijacked the event for their own purposes. According to publicly available reporting, it is apparent that extremists of various different stripes and political persuasions preplanned and premeditated and attacked on the capitol,” Trump’s lawyer Michael van der Veen said.

“One of the first people arrested was the leader of antifa. Sadly, he was also among the first to be released.”

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