Democrats House impeachment managers have formally requested that former President Trump testifies under oath in the upcoming impeachment trial set to begin next week. A letter from lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, alleges the former president’s defense denied “incontrovertible facts” about the events of Jan. 6th. Trump’s legal team replied to the letter calling it their “latest public relations stunt.”
The letter from the former president’s lawyers was quick and to the point simply pointing to the unconstitutionality behind the trial.
Fox News reports:
Lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., sent a letter to the former president requesting he testify about his actions in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot either before or during the Senate impeachment trial.
“If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021,” Raskin continued. Trump is invited to respond by Friday at 5 p.m.
Last week Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised a point of order, claiming that it is unconstitutional for the Senate to hold an impeachment trial of a former president.
It was defeated by a 55-45 vote, with five Republicans joining all 50 Senate Democrats to pave the way for an impeachment trial to move forward. It would take 17 Republicans siding with all Democrats to convict the president with a two-thirds majority.
Read the Democrat’s letter to Trump’s legal team HERE.