Trump lawyers' impeachment brief cites far-right conspiracy blog that was too crazy for CPAC
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Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump at his second impeachment trial have cited a widely discredited far-right conspiracy blog whose founder was booted from the Conservative Political Action Conference after publishing articles attacking students who survived the 2018 Parkland school shooting massacre.

As flagged by Politico's Kyle Cheney, the brief argues that the pro-Trump riots at the United States Capitol building on January 6th were actually caused by left-wing antifa provocateurs who embedded themselves with Trump supporters.

The briefing backs up this claim by citing a post at the website Gateway Pundit, whose founder Jim Hoft has repeatedly been deemed the "dumbest man on the internet" due to his tendency to fall for obvious hoaxes.

Hoft was disinvited from CPAC in 2018 after his website ran articles smearing the teenagers who had survived the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In response to his ban, Hoft accused CPAC of "taking orders from Chelsea Clinton."