President Trump Formally Responds to Impeachment Charges For the First Time

Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government.

In a 111-page document filed before Trump’s Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president.

“The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation’s security,” the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.

“The case against the president of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable, and the evidence is overwhelming,” they said.

Trump’s legal team issued a resounding rejection of the impeachment charges, which were read out in the Senate earlier in the week during formalities setting the stage for the trial. They are expected to release a longer, separate response to the Democrats’ pretrial brief on Monday.

Rejecting the charges, Trump’s lawyers reiterated the president’s insistence, echoed by many of his fellow Republicans in Congress, that the charges are nothing more than a partisan attempt to remove him from office, a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.”

“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election — now just months away,” they argued in a six-page document released on Saturday.

It was the first time Trump formally responded to the two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – that the Democratic-led House approved late last year.

DUELING ARGUMENTS

Trump and Democratic lawmakers offered dueling arguments about the politically polarizing impeachment case involving Trump’s attempt to persuade Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden last year.

“President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies each and every allegation in both articles of impeachment,” the Trump lawyers’ document said.

The document filed by the Democratic House impeachment managers on Saturday explained why the House passed the two articles of impeachment, and listed evidence supporting the charges.

The evidence included references to information released in the past few days from Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was involved in Giuliani’s contacts with Ukraine’s government.

Trump has denied wrongdoing.

The trial in the Republican-led Senate is unlikely to lead to Trump’s ouster, as no Republican senators have voiced support for doing so and a two-thirds majority vote is required to convict.

The Trump lawyers, in their document, argued that the president acted at all times with full constitutional legal authority, said one of three sources close to Trump’s legal team who briefed reporters on a conference call on Saturday.

“We will take the facts head-on and we believe that the facts will prove, and have proven, that the president did absolutely nothing wrong,” the source said.

Reuters contributed to this report.

via thefederalistpapers

12 comments

  1. For what? You lost? You don’t like him? Uses bad language? Not a political insider? Doesn’t fit “your” agenda? National security??

  2. Still no grounds for impeachment and should be thrown out but let the law show that the President has done nothing wrong and President Trump 2020

  3. The President has done nothing wrong! Democrat hatred is more than natural; it borders on being demonically driven. Their unhinged behavior will result in losing in the 2020 elections.

  4. They are wrong you did not do any of this but Obama Hillary did with Russia and Biden and his son done the rest. Obama is the one that put the kids in cages
    They are all afraid you gonna find out all the corruption and they will die for sure Comey Mueller they all in the corruption
    Not you

  5. The very reason Trump won, any American citizen,(with any brain cells left), are sick and tired of the lies,of politicians of all sides,is the #1one reason the people voted in a nonpolitical President Donald Trump.And now the TO FAR LEFT,are putting on a sham shift show, to prove, THAT WE THE PEOPLE!!, were right.

  6. I do believe, we as republicans, also need to quit taking this kind of crap from these irresponsible, idiots that were elected and fire they’re ass, for the complicit waste of efforts to remove the president. Lying, deceit,
    and manipulation are the hallmarks of the Democrats and they need to have afore- thought implanted before they continue with these types of waste, fraud and abuse, not to say the time wasted doing nothing. A profound effort is term limits. Way too many have been there far too long. The mechanism is already in play with inspector generals, and should not go forward in the Congress until it is done. Too much dirt and no direction is not good for the country. Corporate greed, and institutional bias for the sake of the country is rampant. I am required to live under a physical, personal, and rational degree of responsibility. why not them. They work for us

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