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"In a grievous betrayal of his Oath of Office, President Trump incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol during the Joint Session, thus impeding Congress's confirmation of Joseph R. Biden, the victor of the presidential election", the impeachment managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., wrote.

Earlier Tuesday the House impeachment managers filed their pre-trial brief, essentially previewing their argument against Trump in the trial that's set to start next Tuesday.

"The House of Representatives has impeached him for that constitutional offense".

Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last week said he would not seek re-election amid the nation's deep political divisions, signalled that it would not help Trump if his defence is simply reasserting the former president's unfounded claims of election fraud.

Republican Senator John Cornyn said that making an argument regarding alleged election fraud would be "really not material" to the charge that Trump's remarks urging supporters to "fight" on January 6 led to the attack on the Capitol that left five dead.

"It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc", they write.

Still, Republicans have signalled that acquittal is likely, with many saying they think Congress should move on and questioning the constitutionality of an impeachment trial - Trump's second - now that he has left office.

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The House Democratic managers - Reps. Under the rough rules sketched out for the trial, the parties are charged with answering two main questions: whether Mr. Trump can be tried in the Senate for acts committed when he was president, and how they respond to the charge of "incitement of insurrection". He was acquitted on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress stemming from his attempt to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden.

With his options dwindling, they say, Trump turned to the January 6 rally in Washington.

But the Trump team brief Tuesday directly addresses the allegation that the former president incited the riot.

"Finally, President Trump appeared behind a podium bearing the presidential seal".

The mob that broke into the Capitol as the House and the Senate tallied electoral votes not only ransacked the building but repeatedly called out for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and for Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the building to preside over the count. And his first statement about the violence, hours later, told the crowd, "You're very special".

U.S. congressional Republicans face a week of reckoning ahead of Donald Trump's second impeachment trial as the former president contends with a deadline to respond to the charges and his party mulls whether to punish Representative Liz Cheney for backing impeachment.

Lawmakers on the Republican right flank are aiming to remove Ms Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, as the party's No. 3 in the House.

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