Lawyer for Trump concedes he lost election

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One of the lawyers heading former president Donald Trump's defence at his second impeachment trial is conceding that Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, a fact Trump himself has refused to acknowledge.

In opening remarks on Tuesday, lawyer Bruce Castor said: "The American people are smart enough to pick a new administration if they don't like the old one. And they just did."

Later, Castor referred to Trump, saying: "He was removed by the voters."

Trump has repeatedly disputed the results of the election, falsely claiming he won in a "landside".

He kept up the baseless claim during a speech before the January 6 riot at the Capitol, which set in motion his trial on a charge of incitement of insurrection.

There was no widespread fraud in the election, as has been confirmed by election officials across the country and former attorney-general William Barr.

Dozens of legal challenges to the election put forth by Trump and his allies were dismissed.