President Donald Trumps legal team asserted Monday that the House Democrats impeachment case against the president is frivolous and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution,” while again saying Trump did “absolutely nothing wrong,” setting the tone for the potentially weeks-long Senate trial.
In a brief that was submitted to the Senate before the trial will start Tuesday, Trumps lawyers will make the argument that both articles of impeachment against the president were constitutionally deficient, while potentially endangering the future office of the presidency and upsetting the governments balance of power.
“House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way—any way—to corrupt the extraordinary power of impeachment for use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election,” Trumps lawyers wrote. “All of that is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn.”
The Trump legal teams filing comes after House Democrats submitted their own brief that essentially summarized weeks of testimony from witnesses.
“The process that brought these articles of impeachment to the Senate” was “completely unprecedented” in U.S. history, said a source working with Trumps legal team in a conference call. The source said that every presidential impeachment inquiry has “involved basic due process” protections for the accused, while arguing that Trump was given none of these rights by House Democrats during the inquiry late last year.
The same source echoed House Republicans claims during the inquiry that only one of the witnesses involved in the case, Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, actually spoke to the president. Whats more, the source said House managers will not be able to provide a single witness who had direct knowledge of an alleged quid pro quo scheme between Trump and Ukraines leadership, as Democrats have alleged throughout the inquiry.
“It is the president who defines foreign policy, not the unelected bureaucrats who are his subordinates,” his team will argue. “Any theory of an impeachable offense that turns on ferreting out supposedly constitutionally improper motives by measuring the presidents policy decisions against a purported interagency consensus is both fundamentally anti-democratic and an absurdly impermissible inversion of the constitutional structure.”
Democrats impeachment case accuses Trump of abusing his power by withholding military aid from Ukraine while he was pushing to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter, and Ukraine-based energy company Burisma Holdings, of which the younger Biden sat on the board. They have also alleged Trump obstructed Congress by not sufficiently cooperating with their inquiry.
Trump on Monday signaled on Twitter that he opposes the use of witnesses: “They didnt want John Bolton and Read More – Source