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Michael T. van der Veen, defense attorney for Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 10, 2021. House Democrats used searing video footage from last month’s deadly rampage at the U.S. Capitol to begin Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial on a dramatic note, yet the prosecution remains far from winning enough GOP votes to convict the former president. Photo: Brandon Bell/The New York Times/Bloomberg

A lawyer on former President Donald Trump’s impeachment team Friday lashed out over a letter from more than 140 legal scholars rebuking the claim that the former president’s speech ahead of the violent Jan. 6 rally at the U.S. Capitol is protected, calling it a “bully tactic.”

Michael van der Veen, the newest member of the former president’s impeachment defense, raised his issues with the letter as he asserted during the trial that Trump could not be impeached because his remarks are protected under the Constitution.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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