03/10/2020

President Trump’s lawyers on Monday filed a brief urging the Senate to “swiftly” reject the impeachment charges, casting the articles as invalid and accusing House Democrats of a partisan effort to damage Trump ahead of the 2020 election.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmersTrump administration planning to crack down on ‘birth tourism’: reportGeorge Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: ‘Hard to see how either could help’MOREs lawyers on Monday filed a brief urging the Senate to “swiftly” reject the impeachment charges against him, casting the articles as invalid and accusing House Democrats of a partisan effort to damage Trump ahead of the 2020 election. 
“The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions. The Articles themselvesand the rigged process that brought them hereare a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in a lengthy brief filed Monday afternoon.
The filing accuses House Democrats of crafting two “flimsy” articles of impeachment and using impeachment as “a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election.” 
“All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn,” the legal brief states. 
The brief was filed two days after House Democrat impeachment managers unveiled their own brief laying out the compelling case against Trump and urging the Senate to vote to convict and remove him from office.
President Trumps ongoing pattern of misconduct demonstrates that he is an immediate threat to the Nation and the rule of law. It is imperative that the Senate convict and remove him from office now, and permanently bar him from holding federal office, they wrote, labeling Trumps conduct the Framers worst nightmare.
Trumps lawyers issued their first formal response to the Senate on Saturday, in the form of a six-page letter that challenged the process that led to Trumps impeachment, declared the articles constitutionally invalid and accused House Democrats of a brazen and unlawful attempt to reverse the 2016 election results.
The Democrat-controlled House voted in December to approve two articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abusing his power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructing the congressional inquiry into his conduct. 
The trial in the GOP-controlled Senate is slated to begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators will debate and vote on a resolution to set the rules for the proceedings.
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