Trump's new impeachment team signals aggressive defence

Trump's new impeachment team signals aggressive defence”

Trump also faced a Tuesday deadline to respond to the article of impeachment passed by the Democratic-led House on January 13 charging him with inciting insurrection in his speech to supporters before rioters stormed the Capitol, leaving five people dead including a police officer. They point out that the article of impeachment was voted on while he was still in office, for actions taken while he was in office.

The House managers also addressed the question of whether Trump's second impeachment is constitutional, writing, "There is no "January Exception" to impeachment or any other provision of the Constitution".

In their response, Trump's attorneys denied claims that the former president "incited the crowd to engage in destructive behavior" outside the White House as Congress convened to count the Electoral College votes.

Many experts believe that presidents who commit misconduct late in their terms should not be immune from the very process the Constitution created for holding them accountable.

"Finally, President Trump appeared behind a podium bearing the presidential seal".

Capitol police officers in riot gear push back demonstrators who try to break a door of the US Capitol on Jan 6.

Trump also faced a Tuesday deadline to respond to the article of impeachment passed by the Democratic-led House on January 13 charging him with inciting insurrection in his speech to supporters before the rampage at the Capitol that left five people dead including a police officer. "This is precisely the sort of constitutionaloffence that warrants disqualification from federal office".

"The 45th President of the United States performed admirably in his role as president, at all times doing what he thought was in the best interests of the American people", Mr Trump's defense team said.

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President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed a second spate of orders to undo his predecessor's immigration policies, demonstrating the powers of the White House and its limitations without support from Congress.

In a brief filed with the House Tuesday, defense attorneys noted Trump can not be tried for impeachment because he is no longer the sitting president. "In a grievous betrayal of his Oath of Office, President Trump incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol during the Joint Session, thus impeding Congress's confirmation of Joseph R. Biden, the victor of the presidential election", the brief said. It's still unclear if any Senate Republicans will vote for his impeachment, making it unlikely that Democrats will get the 67 votes they need for conviction.

It argued that he must be found guilty when his impeachment trial opens before the Senate next week on a charge of inciting the siege.

David Schoen, one of two new lawyers named by Donald Trump to the former president's impeachment defense team, has fought for Jewish causes.

In an interview with the Atlanta Jewish Times previous year, Schoen said he had also been approached by Trump associate Roger Stone before Stone's trial about being part of the team and that he was was later retained to handle his appeal.

Trump also went to court in several states.

The brief made no mention of any witnesses the managers planned to call during the trial, though it did cite a phone call Trump placed to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging him to "find" just enough votes to undo Biden's victory in that state.

Trump told thousands of his supporters at the "Save America" rally that if they didn't "fight like hell", they wouldn't "have a country anymore".

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