6 article 6A video showing protesters shouting “impeach Trump” during a US impeachment trials on Wednesday has sparked a furious response from US lawmakers.
The video was posted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Twitter and was taken from a website called ImpeachTrump.org.
It shows several people sitting in a circle in a crowded court room and several people speaking with one another and wearing masks.
The protesters are holding signs that read: “Impeach Donald Trump and Impeachment the House” and “Imprison him for life”.
“Impeachment is a term that has been used over and over again, that is used by people who are willing to resort to violence to accomplish their political ends,” said Chris Calabrese, a spokesman for the ACLU.
“If they are going to try and use that as a tool to do the most serious political damage, then they are certainly not in a position to be saying, ‘Let’s go down the path that is most damaging to our country’,” he added.
The court also heard arguments about whether impeachment would be constitutional.
But the judges ruled unanimously that it was unconstitutional to try impeachments of US presidents.
The judge who presided over the trial said the case was the most important case of its kind.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this case is the most significant in American history,” Judge Kenneth Robart said.
He said impeachment is not a crime and that the constitution prohibits the president from impeaching a US citizen.
“It is, however, a criminal offence, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000,” he added, referring to the maximum penalty for treason.
The case was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration of a possible impeachment motion, which has not yet been decided.US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on Air Force One after his return from New York City on February 13, 2021.US Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Trump before Trump’s return from Japan on February 11, 2021.(AFP Photo)A few hours later, the court heard a video posted on YouTube showing the protesters chanting, “Impose the rule of law!”
The clip was taken by a man identified as Mr Salazar, who had filmed the protests.
He then posted the video on Twitter, where it was shared by many other people, including one woman.
“I can’t believe it’s happening,” she said, adding: “It’s so crazy.
We are not allowed to do anything about it.”
Another Twitter user who identified himself as Marisa Briceno wrote: “We can’t take the US out of the Middle East, but we can try to force it out of Trump.”
She posted a video showing her husband holding a sign saying “Imperil Trump” and saying: “You don’t have to like it, but you don’t need to live with it.”
The case has become a test of the constitutionality of the impeachment process in the US, which was established in 1878.
But a US judge on Wednesday found that it had not been clearly established that impeaching the president was unconstitutional.
The White House has defended the impeachment as lawful.
A spokesman for Mr Trump told Al Jazeera: “This is a matter that the American people deserve to have heard and debated.
The American people want to know if the impeachment of a sitting president is constitutional, if it’s fair, if the process is constitutional.”
But the US Senate, which is also investigating the case, is set to vote on the impeachment motion on Wednesday.
The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trumps former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, began on Wednesday in a federal courthouse in Washington DC.