Trump’s Defense Team Calls Impeachment (is the process by which a legislative body levels charges against a government official) Charges ‘Brazen’ as Democrats Make (or MAKE may refer to: Make: (magazine), an American magazine and television program Make (software), a computer-assisted software engineering tool Make, Botswana, a small village in the Kalahari) Legal Case (or CASE may refer to)
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal defense team strenuously denied on Saturday (is the day of the week between Friday and Sunday) that he had committed impeachable acts, denouncing the charges against him as a “brazen and unlawful” attempt (attempt to commit a crime occurs if a criminal has an intent to commit a crime and takes a substantial step toward completing the crime, but for reasons not intended by the criminal, the final) to cost him re-election as House Democrats laid out in meticulous detail their case that he should be removed from office.
In the first legal filings for the Senate impeachment trial that opens in earnest on Tuesday, the dueling arguments (logic and philosophy, an argument is a series of statements (in a natural language), called the premises or premisses (both spellings are acceptable), intended to determine the degree of truth of) from the White House and the House impeachment managers previewed a politically charged fight over Mr. Trump’s fate, unfolding against the backdrop of the presidential election campaign (or The Campaign may refer to).
They presented the legal (is commonly understood as a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate conduct, although its precise definition is a matter of) strategies both sides are likely to employ during the third presidential impeachment trial in American history. They also vividly illustrated how the proceeding is almost certain to rekindle feuding over the 2016 election that has barely subsided during Mr. Trump’s tenure, and reverberate — whether he is convicted or acquitted — in an even more brutal electoral fight in November.
In a 46-page trial memorandum, and additional 60-page statement of facts, the House impeachment managers asserted that beginning in the spring, Mr. Trump undertook a corrupt campaign to enlist a foreign government to help him win the 2020 election. He did so, the Democrats argued, by pressuring Ukraine to publicly announce investigations of his political rivals, withholding as leverage vital military aid and a White House meeting for the country’s president.
The president then sought to conceal those actions from Congress (congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different countries, constituent states, organizations, trade unions, political parties or other groups), they said, posing “a serious danger to our constitutional checks and balances” by ordering administration officials not to testify or turn over (may refer to) documents requested by a House impeachment inquiry.
“President Trump’s conduct is the framers’ worst nightmare,” wrote the seven Democratic managers (is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body), led by Representative Adam B. Schiff of California.
In a six-page filing formally responding to the House impeachment charges submitted shortly after and filled with partisan barbs against House Democrats, Mr. Trump’s lawyers denounced the case as constitutionally and legally invalid, and driven purely by a desire to hurt Mr. Trump in the 2020 election.
“The articles (may refer to: Article (grammar), a grammatical element used to indicate definiteness or indefiniteness Article (publishing), a piece of nonfictional prose that is an independent part of a publication) of impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president,” they said in the response, which was Mr. Trump’s first legal submission in the impeachment proceeding, ahead of a fuller brief that is due on Monday. “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.”
The president’s lawyers did not deny any of the core facts underlying Democrats’ charges (or charged may refer to), conceding what considerable evidence and testimony in the House has shown: that he withheld $391 million in aid and a White House meeting from Ukraine and asked the country’s president to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter Biden (Robinette Biden Jr. (; born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017).
But they said Mr. Trump broke no laws and was acting entirely appropriately and within his powers when he did so, echoing his repeated protestations of his own innocence. They argued that he was not seeking political advantage, but working to root out corruption in Ukraine () is a country in Eastern Europe).
“President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies each and every allegation in both articles of impeachment,” wrote Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, and Jay Sekulow, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer.
The managers’ filing repeated many of the same arguments they laid out last fall in a report on the findings of their two-month impeachment inquiry (inquirer is any process that has the aim of augmenting knowledge, resolving doubt, or solving a problem). But it also indicated that they intended to make use of information that has come to light since the House’s impeachment vote in December.
They cited new documentary records handed over by Lev Parnas, an associate of the president (most commonly refers to: President (corporate title) President (education), a leader of a college or university President (government title)President may also refer to)’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, about the pressure campaign on Ukraine, and a Government Accountability Office report released this week that found that Mr. Trump violated the law when he withheld the military aid.
And though the House ultimately declined to bring charges based on the special counsel’s Russia investigation, Saturday’s filing indicates the managers are also poised to reprise its findings as they argue that Mr. Trump’s behavior toward Ukraine fits a pattern that poses a continuing threat to American elections. They argued that, just (may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a) as Mr. Trump welcomed interference on his behalf from Russia in the 2016 election and then sought to thwart a federal investigation (or Investigations may refer to) into the matter, he solicited Ukrainian assistance in the 2020 contest and then obstructed Congress’s ability to investigate.
The nation’s founders, the House (house is a building that functions as a home) Democrats said in their brief (briefs, or briefing may refer to), “designed impeachment as the remedy for such misconduct because a president who manipulates U.S. elections to his advantage can avoid being held accountable by the voters through those same elections (election is a formal group decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office. , It is usually used in Democratic nations).”
They called Mr. Trump’s attempt to get Ukraine to discredit his political (is the set of activities associated with the governance of a country, state or an area) adversaries “part of an ongoing pattern of misconduct for which the president is unrepentant.”
The president, who spent Saturday at his golf course in West Palm Beach, Fla., has made no secret of his disdain for the House’s charges and its inquiry. He has repeatedly professed his total innocence (is a lack of guilt, with respect to any kind of crime, or wrongdoing) in general terms, and specifically insisted that a July phone call (may refer to) in which he pressed President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to investigate Mr. Biden and other Democrats was “perfect.”
But when (may refer to: Usually a question whose answer refers to time, period or phase) invited to take part in the proceedings or mount a defense before the House Judiciary Committee, he refused. The closest the president’s lawyers had come to weighing in on the case was an eight-page letter to House Democrats in October in which they unequivocally refused to furnish any documents (document is a written, drawn, presented, or memorialized representation of thought) or allow any witnesses to testify.
Like that letter, Mr. Trump’s answer to the Senate on Saturday was heavy with political messaging even as it asserted broad constitutional (constitution is an aggregate of fundamental principles or established precedents that constitute the legal basis of a polity, organisation or other type of entity, and commonly determine how that) principles and general legal arguments to proclaim the president’s innocence.
In a statement later in the evening, the House managers criticized the claim by the president’s legal team that the pressure on Ukraine was just Mr. Trump’s way of fighting corruption.
“It is not,” the Democratic lawmakers wrote. “Rather it is corruption (is a form of dishonesty or criminal offense undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one’s private gain) itself, naked, unapologetic and insidious.”
The defense filing was far shorter than the House managers’ memorandum, but White (is the lightest color and is achromatic (having no hue)) House lawyers (lawyer or attorney is a person who practices law, as an advocate, attorney, attorney at law, barrister, barrister-at-law, bar-at-law, canonist, canon lawyer, civil law notary, counsel, counselor,) have until noon on Monday to produce a more comprehensive legal brief laying out the case they will make on the floor of the Senate.
The House can then submit a written rebuttal by Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, the managers will begin live presentations in the Senate on Wednesday, and under an expedited schedule being contemplated by Senate (senate is a deliberative assembly, often the upper house or chamber of a bicameral legislature) Republicans, the president’s team could begin its presentation on Friday.
The defense (or defence may refer to) filing (or filing may refer to) on Saturday argued that Mr. Trump “has not in any way abused the powers of the presidency,” and that the July 25 call between Mr. Trump (most commonly refers to: Trump (card games), any playing card given an ad-hoc high rank Donald Trump (born 1946), 45th president of the United States, businessman, and television personalityTrump) and the president of Ukraine was “perfectly legal, entirely appropriate, and taken in furtherance of our national interest.”
The arguments by Mr. Trump’s lawyers tracked closely with those presented throughout the House inquiry by Republicans in that chamber, like Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who did not dispute what had occurred so much as the idea that the president had been acting on some corrupt scheme.
The document appeared intended (and its variations, may refer to: Intendant, the holder of a public administrative office in several countries Intended, a person engaged or betrothed to be married Intended reader, a member of a) to appeal to Mr. Trump’s sensibilities. It accused Mr. Schiff (is a Jewish and German surname meaning “ship”) of “creating a fraudulent version” of the July (is the seventh month of the year (between June and August) in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and the fourth of seven months to have a length of 31 days) 25 call when he jokingly offered a hypothetical conversation during a congressional hearing, something that Mr. Trump has repeatedly mocked Mr. Schiff for doing.
As they have said for weeks, the president’s lawyers asserted that the articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump are “invalid on their face” because they do not accuse the president of breaking any law.
But the Democrats (Democrats, or Democratic may refer to: A proponent of democracy, or democratic government; rule of the people or rule by many) argued in their memorandum that impeachable actions “need not be indictable offenses,” a theory that has been espoused by many legal scholars. The framers of the Constitution, they argued, intended the remedy for “acts committed by public officials that inflict severe harm on the constitutional order.”
The president’s legal team (team is a group of individuals (human or non-human) working together to achieve their goal) also rejected the charge that Mr. Trump is guilty of obstruction of Congress. They argued that Mr. Trump’s attempts to prevent witnesses from testifying in what the president has called a “sham” impeachment inquiry is a legitimate exercise of executive privilege that is essential to guard the authority and prerogatives of the presidency.
The House concluded that Mr. Trump’s claims of “absolute immunity” or other (usually refers to: Other (philosophy), a concept in psychology and philosophyOther or The Other may also refer to) privileges on behalf of 12 officials (official is someone who holds an office (function or mandate, regardless whether it carries an actual working space with it) in an organization or government and participates in the exercise of) and his decision to block the delivery of documents amounted to flagrant obstruction. The president’s lawyers made clear that they disagreed, saying that “asserting valid constitutional privileges (may refer to) and immunities cannot be an impeachable offense.”
The president’s lawyers also accused Congress of denying Mr. Trump due process during the impeachment proceedings (academia and librarianship, proceedings are the acts and happenings of an academic field, a learned society, or an academic conference), including “the right (are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal) to have counsel present (present (or here and now) is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection (perceived more than once) or a speculation (predicted,), the right to cross-examine witnesses (witness is someone who has knowledge about a matter) and the right to present evidence (broadly construed, is anything presented in support of an assertion).”
While the president’s lawyers were not allowed to attend closed-door depositions of some witnesses, Republican (can refer to: An advocate of a republic, a form of government that is not a monarchy or dictatorship, and is usually associated with the rule of law Republicanism, the ideology in support of) allies of the president attended every interview and asked questions, according to transcripts of the sessions.
The president rejected Democratic offers to present evidence, question witnesses or otherwise mount a defense during hearings before the House Judiciary Committee.
Mr. Cipollone and Mr. Sekulow will lead the president’s defense at trial (law, a trial is a coming together of parties to a dispute, to present information (in the form of evidence) in a tribunal, a formal setting with the authority to adjudicate claims or disputes). The White House announced Friday that the team would also include Ken Starr, the former independent counsel (counsel or a counsellor at law is a person who gives advice and deals with various issues, particularly in legal matters) whose investigation of President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment, Robert W. Ray, who succeeded Mr. Starr, and Alan Dershowitz, a celebrity defense lawyer.
Maggie Haberman contributed reporting from New York.
Published at Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:28:54 +0000
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