The U.S. Senate’s decision to hold an impeachment trial against former President Trump remains heavily political and controversial. Democrats are all for it and eager for the trial to result in a conviction of the 45th president; meanwhile, Republicans are overwhelmingly opposed to impeachment, arguing that it lacks merit and constitutional basis.
Earlier this month, congressional Democrats sought to pressure Trump into agreeing to testify at his impeachment trial this week. Nevertheless, the former GOP president refused, prompting the outrage of the left.
On Monday, attorneys with Trump’s legal defense team put out a memo with more statements regarding the Senate trial, Breitbart News confirms.
The Memo from Trump’s Legal Team
The memo released by the former president’s lawyers yesterday was 78 pages long. However, the statements do not mince words, especially regarding the basis of these impeachment proceedings.
Quite simply, Trump’s attorneys maintain that the Senate ought to officially acquit him and then do away with all charges. The legal team for the 45th president additionally argues that the Senate trial is in breach of the U.S. Constitution and Framers of America.
Trump Impeachment memo: "This rushed, single article of impeachment ignores the very Constitution from which its
power comes and is itself defectively drafted…” https://t.co/jzhuBJvvAY
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 8, 2021
The memo also responds to claims made in the impeachment article against Trump. The lawyers stated that the 45th president’s remarks to supporters before the January 6 insurrection are legally shielded by the First Amendment; likewise, Trump’s legal team noted that the Senate only has jurisdiction over the president of the United States, not the former president.
Rebuttal from House Impeachment Managers
On Monday afternoon, House impeachment managers responded to the memo from Trump’s legal team.
In this rebuttal, the impeachment managers deny bringing any improper charges against the former president. House impeachment managers then pushed back against the claims about jurisdiction made by the attorneys representing Trump.
JUST IN: The 9 House impeachment managers have filed their 5-page memo in response to the brief from former President Trump’s legal team this morning. pic.twitter.com/XnXWxbpZOP
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) February 8, 2021
Accusing the 45th president of committing “constitutional crimes,” House impeachment managers assert that he must stand trial. Likewise comes the accusations that Trump spread false information about the 2020 election and pressured officials into “finding” votes that would benefit him.
Finally, the rebuttal from House impeachment managers concludes with the vow to prove at trial that Trump is worthy of conviction and subsequent barring from seeking public office in the future.
What do you think about the memo from President Trump’s legal attorneys? How did you interpret the response from House impeachment managers? Let us know what you think happens next in the comments section below.