President Donald Trump launched his first formal attack on the House’s effort to remove him from office on Saturday, calling the Democrats’ impeachment case against him fatally flawed and “constitutionally invalid” while blasting the effort as a political hit job by his adversaries.
“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election,” Trump’s lawyers argued in a six-page response filed with the Senate just days before the president’s trial begins in earnest, according to sources close to Trump’s legal team.
The allegations raised by Trump’s attorneys — going after both the substance of the impeachment articles and the process Democrats used to get there — mirror the House’s charges against him. Democrats allege the president pressured Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election on his behalf by launching investigations into his political opponents.
Saturday’s initial reply will be followed by a more exhaustive trial brief that’s due on Monday.
In its first filing, the Trump legal team hammered what it calls “procedural irregularities” in the House’s impeachment process and the decision by Democrats not to accuse the president of committing a statutory crime.
“The bottom line is, in the end, this entire process is nothing more than a dangerous attack on the American people themselves and their fundamental right to vote,” said one of the sources close to the Trump lawyers.
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