Democrats ask Trump to testify about inciting the Capitol insurrection

by Jenny Mount · Feb 4th, 2021 4:14 pm
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Last Updated Feb 5th, 2021 at 12:05 pm

The House Democrat lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland has invited the former President Donald Trump to testify under oath in the Senate trial about his involvement in the insurrection at the Capitol.

Raskin sent a letter to Trump and his legal team, noting that the House had voted to impeach him for inciting the insurrection. The Senate trial is set to begin on Tuesday.

"Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment. You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense," said Raskin. "In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021."

Trump's legal team claimed that Trump did not commit any wrongdoing and called the impeachment effort a "violation" of the Constitution.

"The Senate of the United States lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed, and the Constitution limits the authority of the Senate in cases of impeachment to removal from office as the prerequisite active remedy allowed the Senate under our Constitution," said Trump's lawyers Bruce Castor and David Schoen.

The article of impeachment cites a speech delivered by Trump the day of the Capitol riot, focusing on when he told his supporters that "if you don't fight like h---, you're not going to have a country anymore."


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