During today's impeachment proceedings, senators have the opportunity to question both the House impeachment managers as well as the lawyers for former President Trump.
Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican representing Maine, submitted the following question on behalf of herself and her colleague, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to Trump's defense team.
"Exactly when did President Trump learn of the breach of the Capitol? What specific actions did he take to bring the rioting to an end? And when did he take them? Please be as detailed as possible."
Michael van der Veen, one of Trump's lawyers, took their question as an opportunity to suggest that the House managers failed to address this very topic.
"With the rush to bring this impeachment, there's been absolutely no investigation into that," said van der Veen, adding "and that's the problem with this entire proceeding."
Referencing an incomplete timeline dating back to December 2020, as well as a Jan. 6th tweet posted at 2:38 p.m. ET, van der Veen argued that there was "a lot of interaction between the authorities and getting folks to have security" ahead of the day's riot.
However, van der Veen maintained, the House managers "did zero investigation, and the American people deserve a lot better than coming in here with no evidence."
Calling the case again the former President "hearsay on top of hearsay, on top of reports that are of hearsay," van der Veen concluded his response to Collins' question by saying "due process is required here and that was denied."
Watch the moment: