The House impeachment managers accused former President Donald Trump of “the most grievous constitutional crime ever committed by a President” in their final transient earlier than Trump’s Senate impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday.
Their transient – technically a reply to the Trump staff’s reply to the article of impeachment – follows the submission by Trump’s legal professionals of their full pre-trial transient earlier Monday.
The House managers in their transient most prominently counter the 2 primary defenses that Trump’s authorized staff has put forth – that the Senate can not constitutionally maintain an impeachment trial for a former president and that Trump’s conduct was protected by the First Amendment.
The impeachment managers usually fall again on arguments they made in their full pre-trial transient submitted final week on the difficulty of whether or not the Senate has jurisdiction to attempt an impeachment of a former president.
“The Framers’ intent, the text of the Constitution, and prior Congressional practice all confirm that President Trump must stand trial for his constitutional crimes committed in office,” the transient reads. “There is no ‘January Exception’ to the Constitution that allows Presidents to abuse power in their final days without accountability.”
Of Trump’s First Amendment protection, the impeachment managers stated that the argument from the president’s legal professionals is “utterly baseless.”
“President Trump’s incitement of insurrection was itself a frontal assault on the First Amendment. As a matter of law and logic – not to mention simple common sense – his attempted reliance on free speech principles is utterly baseless,” the transient says. “[T]o be clear, this is not a case about ‘protected speech.’ The House did not impeach President Trump because he expressed an unpopular political opinion. It impeached him because he willfully incited violent insurrection against the government.”
The impeachment managers additionally tackle Trump’s false claims that he received the election, which Trump’s legal professionals defended in a submitting final week as unattainable to show “accurate or not.”
“Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false,” Trump’s legal professionals stated.
The House managers shot again Monday: “To call these responses implausible would be an act of charity. President Trump’s repeated claims about a ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen’ election were false, no matter how many contortions his lawyers undertake to avoid saying so. When President Trump demanded that the armed, angry crowd at his Save America Rally ‘fight like hell’ or ‘you’re not going to have a country anymore,’ he wasn’t urging them to form political action committees about ‘election security in general.'”
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., is the lead impeachment supervisor representing the House in the Senate.
Instead of appearing to heal the nation, or on the very least specializing in prosecuting the lawbreakers who stormed the Capitol, the Speaker of the House and her allies have tried to callously harness the chaos of the second for their very own political achieve
Trump’s protection staff previewed its technique in a pre-trial transient Monday, slamming the impeachment effort as “political theater.”
“Instead of acting to heal the nation, or at the very least focusing on prosecuting the lawbreakers who stormed the Capitol, the Speaker of the House and her allies have tried to callously harness the chaos of the moment for their own political gain,” the transient says.
The Trump staff transient additionally says that Trump’s feedback on the Jan. 6 rally that he held forward of Congress’ assembly to certify the results of the presidential election, don’t comport with the Democrats’ narrative that he incited the gang to storm the Capitol.
“Mr. Trump spoke for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. Of the over 10,000 words spoken, Mr. Trump used the word ‘fight’ a little more than a handful of times and each time in the figurative sense that has long been accepted in public discourse when urging people to stand and use their voices to be heard on matters important to them; it was not and could not be construed to encourage acts of violence,” Trump’s transient says.
The Senate trial technically began weeks in the past when the impeachment managers transmitted the article of impeachment in opposition to Trump to the Senate, however Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., struck a deal to place off the primary in-person hearings so the Senate might instantly tackle important nominations to President Biden’s Cabinet.
That deal included two rounds of briefs from Trump’s authorized staff and the impeachment managers – one final week and one Monday. Now, a deal for the best way to conduct the in-person hearings is circulating in the Senate. That deal would enable for 4 hours of debate on whether or not the trial is constitutional on Tuesday earlier than a vote on “constitutionality.”
It would additionally enable the trial to pause at 5 p.m. Friday on the request of Trump lawyer David Schoen, who observes the Jewish Sabbath. The trial would then resume on Sunday.
Traditionally, the Senate hears impeachments six days per week and takes Sundays off. This would successfully swap the off day from Sunday to Saturday.
The Senate will gavel in at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., presiding.
The House impeached Trump on Jan. 13, one week after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol as lawmakers and former Vice President Mike Pence have been assembly in a joint session to certify the results of the presidential election. The mob compelled a lockdown of the Capitol about one hour after Trump’s remarks concluded and later breached and ransacked the constructing as a whole bunch of lawmakers and Pence have been compelled into hiding.
It’s extremely unlikely that impeachment managers will safe a conviction of the previous president, which might consequence in him being barred from holding workplace in the longer term. Last month Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised some extent of order claiming the impeachment trial is unconstitutional as a result of Trump is not in workplace.
Forty-five Republicans voted that it’s, which means that at the least 12 must change their thoughts on that challenge for impeachment managers to also have a likelihood at reaching the 67-vote threshold to convict Trump.
Fox News’ Kelly Phares and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.