The home of Michael van der Veen has been vandalized with graffiti as Donald Trump’s impeachment lawyer celebrated the former president’s historic acquittal on Saturday.
Van der Veen was seen hugging and fist-bumping other members of the team on Saturday, reported USA Today’s Christal Hayes.
‘We’re going to Disney World,’ van der Veen said, according to Hayes.
Van der Veen’s suburban Philadelphia home was defaced with the word ‘Traitor’ in red paint at the entrance of the driveway and an arrow pointing to the home, a picture posted by The Philadelphia Inquirer shows.
Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen was seen fist-bumping other members of the legal team after the acquittal
Van der Veen was also pictured hugging other members of the team after the historic impeachment win
Van der Veen was overheard by pool reporters telling members of the team: ‘We’re going to Disney World’
Michael van der Veen, lawyer for former President Donald Trump leaves the Capitol after the Senate voted to acquit in Trump’s second impeachment trial
nse lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump Michael van der Veen arrives to offer remarks to reporters after the U.S. Senate voted 57-43 to acquit former President Donald J. Trump
After his acquittal. Trump called his second impeachment trial the ‘Greatest Witch Hunt in the history of our country’
Detective Scott Pezick of the West Whiteland Township Police Department in Chester County said the graffiti were reported around 8pm on Friday.
No arrests have been made, Pezick said Saturday. The home now has private security, he said, ‘and we’ve been showing a police presence to deter anything from happening.’
Van der Veen said his home was attacked on Saturday as the trial was ongoing and that his business is ‘under siege,’ CNN reported.
‘My home was attacked, I’d rather not go into that. To answer your question, my entire family, my business, my law firm are under siege right now. I don’t really want to go into that though,’ he said.
A group of demonstrators gathered at some point outside van der Veen’s law office in downtown Philadelphia, calling him a ‘fascist’ and chanting, ‘When van der Veen lies, what do you do? Convict. Convict,’ the Inquirer reported.
Van der Veen drew laughter from senators Saturday when he said any witness depositions could be done at his Philadelphia office.
Trump’s lawyers celebrated the former president’s acquittal on Saturday, claiming house impeachment managers ‘didn’t have a case.’
Trump’s legal team called the acquittal a ‘total win’ after the Senate voted 57-43 to find him not guilty of inciting the deadly riot at the US Capitol on January 6.
Van der Veen told reporters that House impeachment managers who initially voted to call witnesses in the trial were ‘like a dying animal that we had trapped in the corner,’ CNN reported.
House impeachment managers ultimately called no witnesses to testify in the trial.
‘What had happened was the day before we demolished their case, and they were like a dying animal that we had trapped in the corner. And so this morning their last gasp were swinging out at us trying to save their case, and it didn’t work,’ van der Veen said.
He added: ‘They shouldn’t have brought this impeachment from the beginning. It really does stem from political hatred.’
Van der Veen did not tell the outlet if he had spoken with Trump since the acquittal vote, but said the former President ‘had a good day in court today.’
‘He was vindicated. He was found not guilty. The political witch hunt that they had, that the Democrats had thrown at him was defeated, so he should feel quite pleased,’ van der Veen said.
Eric Trump tweeted 2-0 after his father, former President Donald Trump, was acquitted by the Senate Saturday
Donald Trump Jr. sent out a series of tweets after the Senate voted to acquit his father in an impeachment trial for a second time
Members of the Trump family also celebrated the victory.
‘NOT GUILTY. Now maybe it would be nice if the senators stopped putting on show trials for free air time and actually started working for the American people for a change,’ Donald J. Trump Jr. tweeted.
‘Beating these establishment clowns twice after years of BS and under unprecedented circumstances is a badge of honor.’
He added: ‘Let’s impeach RINOs from the Republican Party!!!’
His brother, Eric Trump, simply tweeted ‘2-0,’ and latter posted a statement from his father.
Trump called his second impeachment trial the ‘Greatest Witch Hunt in the history of our country.’
‘I want to first thank my team of dedicated lawyers and others for their tireless work upholding justice and defending truth,’ Trump said.
He added: ‘No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago.’
Vandals also targeted the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate on the opening days of the New Year as Congress failed to approve an increase in the amount of money being sent to people to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
Spray paint on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s door in Kentucky read, ‘WERES MY MONEY,’ and ‘MITCH KILLS THE POOR’ was scrawled over a window. A profanity directed at the Republican senator was painted under the mailbox.
At House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco, someone spray-painted graffiti and left a pig’s head and fake blood.