House Democrats, Trump Defense Team Reveal Pretrial Impeachment Arguments

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    The impeachment of Donald Trump for his words and actions before a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol is “substantively flawed,” unconstitutional and should be dismissed, the former president’s lawyers argued Tuesday in an initial response before his Senate trial.

    Trump’s speech to the crowd on Jan. 6 before his supporters attacked the Capitol was protected by the First Amendment, Trump attorneys David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. said in their filing. The Senate has no constitutional authority to hold an impeachment trial now that he’s out of office, and Trump’s rights were violated by the snap impeachment, they said.

    “There was thus no legal or moral reason for the House to act as it did,” the lawyers said in their 14-page reply. “Political hatred has no place in the administration of justice anywhere in America, especially in the Congress of the United States.”

    The nine House impeachment managers filed an 80-page brief earlier Tuesday that anticipated some of the arguments that Trump would use in his defense and outlined their case for the single charge of inciting an insurrection when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Electoral College votes were being ratified. The violent siege left five people dead.

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