Charges against Trump are ‘brazen and unlawful’, says legal team

Charges against Trump are 'brazen and unlawful', says legal team
Trump's Senate trial will begin next week. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times, Washington: Donald Trump’s legal team dismisses the allegations against the President in their first response to the impeachment charges against him. The team described the case as a “dangerous attack” on democracy.

The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime against the President and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.

Trump’s Senate trial will begin next week. He is the third president in US history to face the trial. Congress accused him of two impeachable charges: abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

Last month the House impeached him for the two charges and now its Senate’s turn to run a trial. The trial will set whether Trump would remain in the office or removed.

Though it is highly unlikely that the Senate will impeach Trump as his party has the majority in the chamber. Many Republicans openly supported him in this impeachment process and cited to stand with the President.

House Democrats filed a brief earlier on Saturday where they put their arguments for why Trump should be removed from office.

The Democrats said the President had “abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust”. They called his conduct the “worst nightmare” of the country’s founding fathers.

What did Trump’s lawyers say?

After Democrats filed the brief arguments, Trump’s lawyers issued a six-page response. They outlines the defense the President’s legal team expects to use in the upcoming impeachment trial.

The team said they were challenging the impeachment on both procedural and constitutional grounds, claiming that the President did nothing wrong and had not been treated fairly.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are leading the team.

They described the articles of impeachments were 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,” it added.

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