Trump impeachment lawyer says ‘floodgates will open’ if Senate convicts him

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Former President Donald Trump’s lead impeachment lawyer warned Tuesday that “the floodgates will open” if the Senate convicts Trump of inciting the deadly storming of the Capitol by his supporters. During arguments on Day One of Trump’s second impeachment trial, defense lawyer Bruce Castor said countless former government officials could be subjected to impeachment proceedings should House Democrats, led by US Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), prevail against the ex-president. “If you go down the road Mr. Raskin asks you to go down, the floodgates will open,” Castor told the Senate. “The political pendulum will shift one day. This chamber and the chamber across the way will change one day and partisan impeachments will become commonplace.”