Donald TrumpThe former President of the United States rejected today the accusation that he will be subjected to in the Senate of “treason of historical proportions” and described it as “unconstitutional.” An argument that he’s already out of the office.
In his official response to the impeachment article by the House of Representatives, Trump also denied through his attorney that he was “in a factual error” when on January 6 he assured his followers who later stormed the Capitol that he had won the election. shutout.
Shortly before, Democratic lawmakers introduced the Write before the Senate your case To condemn Trump for inciting his supporters to carry out riots on Capitol Hill, which left five people dead, including a police officer.
In their terms, the nine Democrat prosecutors accuse Trump of endangering the foundations of American democracy by driving his supporters into “madness” with the sole purpose of preserving his position in the presidency “despite his electoral defeat.
Trump is accused of being responsible for the chaos
They add that Trump was “Solely responsible” for the chaos generated, For what they blame Serious crimes They are obligated to use the powers of their office, for the sake of their own political interest and at the expense of the nation, which, in their view, constitutionally justifies their conviction.
“Those who wrote the constitution fear a president spoiling his office and spares no effort or means to reelect him,” writing it to avoid “opportunists” who might threaten “civil unrest and an immediate seizure of power by a dictator,” the writing says.
“If fomenting a revolt against a joint session of Congress after losing an election was not a traceable crime, then it is hard to imagine what it could have been,” he says.
They deny Trump’s involvement
For their part, the lawyers of the former governor denied in their writings that he participated in a “rebellion or rebellion” against the country, and defend that the constitution “requires that a person be already in office to be charged,” and Donald Trump. No longer a ‘boss’.
“It is impossible for the Senate to comply with the clause,” he will be removed from office in the event of indictment against … “, and therefore the current procedure before the Senate is invalid in principle.
With regard to the penalty for “incompetence to assume and enjoy office,” she points out that, to do so, the Senate must first decide to impeach.
He also denied that Trump had “ever violated the oath of office,” as the prosecution says, and defends that in his speech to his followers only.Express his opinion The election results are suspicious. “
The attorneys stated that a month before the Congressional session cut by Trump’s followers, the lawyers confirmed that the former president confirmed that “the results of the presidential elections were the result of widespread fraud,” and that the constitution protects his right to express this opinion.
The lawyers added, “There is not enough evidence for a sane jurist to conclude that the former president’s statements” were true or not, so (Trump) denies that they are false, “insisting on the unfounded accusations of electoral fraud against the former president.
Trump also denied that he intended to intervene in Counting the electoral votes In Congress, it would confirm the victory of his rival or endanger the security of the United States and its institutions of government.
Trump’s defense memorandum, in which the former governor asked the Senate to “exempt” him from the charges against him, concluded, “The Senate lacks the authority to fire a man who does not hold office.”
Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin next week in the Senate and in order to convict him, which could mean his stepping down, at least 67 votes (two-thirds of the House) are required, a figure that seems unlikely given that Democrats and Republicans are divided into 50 seats.
Trump is the first president in US history to face two impeachments during his tenure.
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