Trump rejects Democrats’ request to testify at impeachment trial

Trump rejects Democrats' request to testify at impeachment trial
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington. (File photo) Source: AP
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Daily US Times: On Thursday, House Democrats asked former president Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial, challenging him to respond to their charge that he incited a violent mob to storm the US Capitol. An adviser to the former president said Mr Trump won’t testify.

Although Democrats might not have the power to force Trump’s to testify, the request from House impeachment managers is part of their overall effort to put the violent events of January 6 on the record for history and hold the former president accountable for his words. Democrats will be able to use Trump’s refusal to testify against him as they argue that Mr Trump has avoided responsibility for his actions.

Hours after the Democrats’ request was revealed, Jason Miller, an adviser to Trump, dismissed the trial as “an unconstitutional proceeding” and said the former president would not testify. Trump’s lawyers also denounced the request as a “public relations stunt.”

The impeachment trial starts February 9. Trump, who is the first president to be impeached twice, is charged with inciting an insurrection on January 6, when a violent mob of his supporters broke into the US Capitol to interrupt the electoral vote count. Five people died, including a police officer.

Before the riot, then-president Trump had told his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn his election defeat.

Democrats have said a trial is necessary to provide a final measure of accountability for the insurrection. If Donal Trump is convicted, the Senate could hold a second vote to disqualify him from seeking office again.

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