Defence lawyers have begun their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump as the case speeds to an expected conclusion this weekend.
The Trump legal team is expected to argue that the former president did not incite the January 6 riot at the US Capitol and that his speech was protected by the first amendment of the constitution.
The lawyers have also raised questions about the trial’s constitutionality because Mr Trump is no longer in office.
They are not expected to use anywhere close to their allotted time and will wrap up their arguments later on Friday.
After that, senators who are serving as jurors will have an opportunity to ask questions of lawyers for both sides, followed by closing arguments.
The case is likely to conclude as soon as Saturday.