The two articles, aimed at ousting Trump from office, form the basis of a trial that will begin in earnest on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Senate

US President Donald Trump’s legal team on Saturday issued a resounding rejection of the House of Representatives’ impeachment of him, proclaiming his innocence and calling the charges against Trump a “dangerous attack” on Americans.

In a six-page document to be released on Saturday, Trump’s lawyers for the first time formally addressed the merits of the two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – that the Democratic-led House approved late last year.

The two articles, aimed at ousting Trump from office, form the basis of a trial that will begin in earnest on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“We are on strong legal footing. The president has done nothing wrong and we believe that will be borne out in this process,” said one of three sources close to the Trump legal team who briefed reporters on a conference call about the contents of the document.

At the same time, House Democrats planned to unveil their legal strategy to argue that he should be removed from office. Trump, at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, for the weekend, played a round of golf on Saturday.

The Trump impeachment response will say the case against the president is “nothing more than a dangerous attack on the American people” and their right to vote, the sources said.

The document will argue that the articles of impeachment violate the US Constitution and would do lasting damage, they said.

Trump is accused of abuse of office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival, former vice-president Joe Biden, and of obstructing Congress in its investigation into his conduct.

Trump has denied wrongdoing and has accused Democrats of a partisan-driven effort to undo his 2016 election victory.

The Senate trial is unlikely to lead to Trump’s ouster, as no Republican senators have voiced support for doing so.

The Trump lawyers, in their document, argued that Trump acted at all times with full constitutional legal authority, the sources said.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

Census workers failed background checks, vetting oversight flawed, watchdog says

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here. ORLANDO, Fla. — Almost 300 people working for the U.S. Census Bureau…

Mourinho denies stifling Kane at Spurs

José Mourinho has denied his playing style will force Harry Kane to leave Tottenham. The manager responded to criticism from Paul Merson by defending Kane’s performance after six months out with a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with Manchester…

China approves Hong Kong draft security law amid criticism from U.S. and others

BEIJING — The Chinese parliament passed the first hurdle of enacting a draft security law for Hong Kong on Thursday, legislation that has prompted widespread concern about Beijing’s increasing influence on the semi-autonomous region. The annual National People People’s Congress…

Facebook, Twitter remove Russia-linked accounts in Ghana targeting U.S

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc said on Thursday they had taken down a network of Russian-linked fake accounts operated out of Ghana and Nigeria which targeted the United States. Facebook told reporters that the network, which it removed…