Donald Trump Refuses To Testify At His Impeachment Before The US Senate | News

Former US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will not testify in the impeachment he faces under the accusation of “inciting insurrection” for the assault on the Capitol on January 6, and described the procedure as “unconstitutional.”

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The statements were brought by his spokesman, Jason Miller, who said in that regard: “The president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” he said shortly after the defense of the former president described the process as a “public relations maneuver” by the Democrats. .

Trump, who left the White House on January 20, responded to a formal request by Democratic legislator Jamie Raskin, chief of the impeachment “prosecutors,” to testify under oath before or during the trial in the Senate.

“I think the American people think it’s pretty strange the Democrats are still obsessing about Donald Trump when we are trying to address the problems they face.” – @TomCottonAR on the Democrats’ sham impeachment. pic.twitter.com/YdFr1Ijzcp

– Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom)
February 5, 2021

Raskin made the request in a letter, posted on his website, which he sent to Trump’s lawyers, two days after the former president’s legal team presented a series of documents before the Senate in which he refuted some of the allegations made. for the nine Democratic legislators who will serve as “prosecutors” in the impeachment.

“In light of your disagreement with these factual allegations, I am writing to invite you to provide sworn testimony, either before or during the Senate impeachment, regarding your conduct on January 6, 2021,” Raskin told Trump in the missive.

Given that the “impeachment”, as this political trial is called in English, will begin on Tuesday, the chief “prosecutor” recommended to the former president that he offer his testimony starting next Monday and “no later” than Thursday, February 11.

“If you decline this invitation, we will reserve all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021,” the legislator warned , who gave Trump until this Friday at 5:00 p.m. local time (10:00 p.m. UTC) to respond to the request.

Despite this warning, impeachment “prosecutors” do not have independent authority to subpoena Donald Trump to testify if he refuses to do so. In the previous process against him, when he was still president, the now former president did not declare either.



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