Trump legal team formally responds to impeachment articles as trial looms
US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during the Announcement of the Guidance on Constitutional Prayer in Public Schools, at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 16, 2020.
President Donald Trump’s authorized crew accused House Democrats of making an attempt to overturn the outcomes of the 2016 election in a submitting that lays out the White House’s formal response to the 2 articles of impeachment handed final month.
Trump’s legal professionals slammed impeachment as a “harmful assault on the correct of the American folks to freely select their president” forward of the election this November.
“This is a brazen and illegal try to overturn the outcomes of the 2016 election and intervene with the 2020 election, now simply months away,” the president’s authorized crew mentioned in its submitting Saturday.
The submitting was a response to a proper summons issued by the Senate notifying Trump of his impending trial and the fees towards him. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who will preside over the trial, administered an oath to senators on Thursday to do “neutral justice” with proceedings set to get underway Tuesday.
The House of Representatives, for its half, filed a quick Saturday outlining its case towards Trump and referred to as him an “ongoing menace to the nation.” The transient accuses Trump of abandoning his oath to faithfully execute the nation’s legal guidelines and betraying the general public’s belief.
“President Trump’s misconduct presents a hazard to our democratic processes, our nationwide safety, and our dedication to the rule of legislation,” the House submitting states. “He have to be faraway from workplace.”
The House, after a 3 month investigation, voted on Dec. 18 largely alongside get together traces to question Trump on costs of abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress.
Trump is accused of abusing his energy by soliciting the interference of a overseas nation within the 2020 presidential election. He allegedly did this by freezing overseas support to Ukraine as a way to stress its authorities to open political investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden, a number one contender for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The president can be accused of obstructing Congress throughout its investigation by directing the White House to defy lawful subpoenas for witness testimony and paperwork. Witness testimony has turn into a serious bone of partisan competition between the Democrat-led House, which has the ability to question, and Republican-led Senate, which runs the trial.
Though Trump was impeached in December, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waited weeks to transmit the 2 articles of impeachment to the Senate, as she sought to stress Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to name further witnesses throughout Trump’s trial. McConnell made no concessions, however a number of Republican senators have indicated that they’re open to supporting additional testimony.
Trump is the third president in U.S. historical past to face an impeachment trial. His protection crew at the trial will embody Ken Starr, who led the Whitewater investigation within the 1990s that resulted within the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.