The lawyers of US President Donald Trump offered a preliminary look at his defense for the political trial with the questionable claim that the charges against him are invalid, adopting a position cataloged by the Democrats as "nonsense" while both sides refined their arguments for the trial that will take place in the Senate, with an official majority in front of the two thirds necessary for the dismissal.
"Quasi-criminal conduct is necessary," said Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional lawyer for Trump's defense team. Dershowitz indicated that he will be presenting that same argument to the Senate and if it prevails, "there will be no need" to seek the testimony of witnesses or documents that Democrats demand.
The argument is part of a multi-sided strategy that the president's team develops before his political trial report, which starts Monday. Trump asserts that his pressure on Ukraine was "perfect" and that he is the victim of a witch hunt.RELATED
But the "no crime no political trial" approach has been flatly dismissed by experts and Democrats, who in a recent trial report described Trump's behavior as the "worst nightmare" of the country's founders. From their perspective, the "liability crimes" rule is ambiguous and inconclusive in the Constitution and is intended to cover abuses of power that are not necessarily illegal.
The White House advocates an "absurd stance," said Congressman Adam Schiff, representative of California and the chief Democratic prosecutor in the case of the political trial. "That is the argument I suppose one should raise in case the facts are so against one. "
Congressman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat for New York and another prosecutor of the political trial, called him a "total absurdity" and said that the evidence of Trump's misconduct is overwhelming.
The White House, meanwhile, works on its response to the House of Representatives report detailing the charges.
There are no senators more anxious to initiate than the four Democratic presidential candidates who face the possibility of being isolated in the Senate prior to the start of nominations voting in Iowa and New Hampshire, where their campaign teams work to convince the undecided and have a good start in the primary. "I'd rather be here," Senator Bernie Sanders, from Vermont, told the New Hampshire Public Radio during a campaign event on Sunday in Concord.
During the trial, Sanders and the other senators are obliged to sit quietly for perhaps six strenuous hours of daily procedures (except Sundays, according to Senate rules) in order to obtain the "impartial justice" they promised to seek.
For his part, Trump is so sure that the majority of his Republican Party will support him that he sees no risk in traveling to Switzerland for the annual World Economic Forum that begins on Tuesday, just when lawmakers meet for the historic process. “I'm going to Davos. I will meet with the world's largest business leaders to come here. I will also meet with foreign leaders, ”Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, the day his trial began formally.
(With information from AP and AFP)