Trump is 'most powerful person' outside White House says expert
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Ex Donald Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka insisted that the US impeachment trial against the former US President has only made him grow in power. Mr Trump was cleared of inciting a mob to attack on the US capitol after he survived a second impeachment following a five-day trial. TalkRADIO host Mike Graham caught up with Mr Gorka to discuss the fallout from the trail and what it means for a potential Donald Trump run for the White House in 2024.
Mr Gorka described the former President’s impeachment trial as being like something out of “Star Wars.”
He told Mike Graham: “It is that scene towards the end of the original Star Wars where Darth Vader and Ben Kenobi face-off and Obi-Wan says to Darth.
“‘If you strike now I will be more powerful then you can ever imagine,’ which is actually what they just did to Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is now, whether he runs or not, the most powerful person in America now outside of the White House.”
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The Senate trial concluded on Saturday with a 57-43 vote in favour of convicting Mr Trump – falling short of the two-thirds majority needed to do so.
The 74-year-old is the only president in US history to be impeached twice – but is now free to run for office in three years’ time.
In the November election defeat to Joe Biden, 75 million Americans voted for Mr Trump – the most-ever for a sitting US President.
The former Republican leader has kept a low profile since officially leaving the White House last month and still carries large swathes of support, despite making unfounded accusations of voter fraud.
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Democrats went ahead with impeachment despite knowing it could overshadow critical early weeks of new President Joe Biden’s presidency.
Shortly before last month’s riots, thousands of his supporters had gathered at a “Save America” rally on the National Mall, which is located close to the Capitol.
Mr Trump’s supporters listened to him speak for 70 minutes, where they heard him say “fight like hell – or you’re not going to have a country anymore”.
The attack then began just moments after the crowd burst into applause.
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At the impeachment hearing, Mr Trump’s defence team described the proceedings as an “unjust, unconstitutional witch-hunt”.
He also told the hearing Mr Trump was not to blame and that he had told his supporters to protest peacefully before it was argued that his speech at the rally was “ordinary political rhetoric”.
Following the verdict in the Senate, Mr Trump hinted he would announce his candidacy in 2024.
He said: “I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together.”
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