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Trump releases video addressing Capitol violence, but stays out of sight during impeachment proceedings

WASHINGTON (WPTA21 and AP) — Pres. Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon released a video in which he “unequivocally condemn(s) the violence that we saw last week.”

The 5-minute-long message was published shortly after the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president for a second time, just as his term is set to expire.

A trial in the Senate would likely happen after Trump has left office, if at all.

Trump kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified Capitol. The suspension of his Twitter account deprived Trump of his most potent means to keep Republicans in line, and 10 members of his own party voted for impeachment in the House.

The video came one day after Trump told reporters that his remarks to those gathered in Washington last week were “totally appropriate” while at the same time calling for “no violence” from those upset about matters related to the presidential election.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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