Trump lawyers respond to articles of impeachment: ‘Constitutionally invalid’

Posted by on January 19, 2020 2:23 am
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President Trump’s legal team on Saturday issued a full-throttled defense to the articles of impeachment, refuting the substance and process of the charges while accusing House Democrats of engaging in 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,” said a source close to the president’s legal team, reading from the expected legal filing.

The legal paperwork is the first formal response to the two articles of impeachment read in the Senate on Thursday for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump’s lawyers argued that the articles of impeachment violated the Constitution and are “defective in their entirety” because they were the product of invalid House proceedings that “flagrantly denied the President any due process rights,” a source close to Trump’s legal team said Saturday in briefing reporters.

At the crux of Trump’s defense is that he did nothing wrong in his July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine when he asked for investigations into Democrats. Trump’s lawyers argue that military aid to Ukraine was ultimately released without any announcement of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

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