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President Donald Trump was talked out of showing up in person at the House of Representatives to defend himself ahead of his second impeachment, The New York Times reported.

Aides are said to have convinced the president it would be a bad idea to offer a defense during Wednesday’s vote.

In December 2019, when he was impeached for the first time, reports suggested he also wanted to give an in-person defense but was talked out of it.

In Wednesday’s vote, Trump was impeached by 232-197 on a single charge of “incitement of insurrection” at last Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol. Ten Republicans sided with Democrats in the vote.

Having been kicked off Twitter after the attack on the Capitol, Trump is without his favored platform to intervene and attempt to shape events.

The president in his last stretch in office is an isolated figure, abandoned by allies in politics and business, and turning on close aide Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, in a dispute over legal bills. 

Read more: ‘It was degrading’: Black Capitol custodial staff talk about what it felt like to clean up the mess left by violent pro-Trump white supremacists

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics

      

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