But Mr Trump’s legal team responded quickly, rejecting the call in a stern response to the House indictment, reiterating Democrats’ decision on whether to try to force Mr Trump’s testimony with a sap.
Leading indictment manager Representative Jamie Ruskin sent a letter today to Mr Trump’s attorney asking him to testify before or during Tuesday’s impeachment hearing, which began Tuesday, arguing that his testimony was needed after denying the council’s allegations that he incited the uprising. Capitol.
“Two days ago, you filed a response in which you denied many of the factual allegations made in the indictment,” Mr Raskin of the Maryland Democrats wrote.
“Despite the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional guilt, you have tried to complicate important matters. In the light of your denial of these factual allegations, I am writing to invite you to testify under oath before or before the Senate indictment, regarding your conduct on January 6, 2021. “
Mr Trump’s lawyers responded quickly to Mr Raskin’s request today, rewriting the three – paragraph letter, saying it was an indication that the House could not prove his allegations against Mr Trump.
Mr Trump ‘s lawyers, Bruce Custer and David Schoen, wrote: “It’s very serious to try to play these games to bring the charges against our Constitution.
Adviser Jason Miller confirmed that Mr Trump would reject the request, telling CNN that “the president will not testify in an unconstitutional move.”
Senior aides Mr Trump talked about going upstairs to defend himself before his second indictment in January, a similar tactic he considered to be the first to be charged.
The hasty rejection of the testimony raises the question of whether Democrats can attempt to testify against Mr Trump at trial.
A sapona is not mentioned in the council letter.
Mr Raskin, instead, wrote that the charge managers would use his denial against him, “We reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong negative assumption regarding your actions.”
Mr Ruskin declined to comment when asked if he was Sapona if Mr Trump refused to appear.
At the first indictment, Democrats testified from Mr Trump’s former national security adviser, John Bolton, and not Mr Trump himself.
Prior to Mr Trump’s release, Democrats’ attempt to convict Mr Bolton failed after Republicans voted against the trial from any of the witnesses.
The question of whether council executives will look for witnesses at the start of Mr Trump’s second indictment next week has prompted senators from both parties to insist on a speedy trial, so the Senate can move and act on President Joe Biden’s agenda.
But council managers and Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained silent on the witnesses’ question until today’s letter.
Senators from both parties put forward the idea today.
It was a “dog and pony show,” said Joe Munchin, a senator from the moderate West Virginia Democrats.
Delaware Democrat Sen. Chris Goons called it a “terrible idea.”
“Did you meet President Trump?” Sen. Coons told reporters when asked to explain his thinking.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham, a close ally of the former president, said Mr Trump’s testimony was “not in anyone’s interest.”
“It’s a political showpiece move to do this, and they didn’t invite him to church,” Sen. Graham said.
Although Mr Trump’s testimony at the Senate hearing will create a moment for television at the hearing, it is not clear whether that will change the outcome of the trial.
Forty-five of the 50 Republican senators voted last week to dismiss the trial on the grounds that the indictment of the former president is unconstitutional.
When asked if House managers had a chance to release Mr Trump because of that vote, Ms Pelosi shot, “They don’t know it.”
“Why don’t we wait and let them have their case,” Ms Pelosi said.
“If we do not follow this, any punishment can be removed from the constitution.”
Mr. Trump was indicted by the House last month on charges of inciting a revolt in the Capitol.
In an earlier summary filed Tuesday, House indictment managers accused Mr Trump of “sole responsibility” for the deadly riots, saying Mr Trump’s actions were spreading false conspiracy theories that the election had been rigged and that he was trying to destabilize Congress by attacking Capitol and stopping the process of certifying Congress for election.
Mr Trump’s lawyers argued in a legal summary on Tuesday that the Senate indictment was unconstitutional because Mr Trump was no longer president and Mr Trump did not incite rebels.
Mr Trump’s legal team also argued that Mr Trump’s speech was protected by the First Amendment, while arguing that Mr Trump’s false claims about the election could not be proven wrong.
In today’s letter, Mr Ruskin asked Mr Trump to testify next week from Monday to Thursday.
The trial is set to begin on Tuesday.
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