On Saturday, President Donald Trump’s legal team released a strong, formal rebuke of the House-led impeachment against the president, accusing Democrats of using the Constitutional process as a means to undermine the results of the 2016 election, when Trump managed to win against the heavily-favored Hillary Clinton.
According to Fox News, Trump’s legal team criticized the substance behind the two articles of impeachment passed last year against the president, for “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power.”
“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election now just months away,” one of the sources familiar with the statement reportedly said was in the legal document.
The president’s legal team doubled down on their assertion that the impeachment articles were invalid, claiming that they were also in violation of the Constitution. His lawyers also ripped Democrats for the way they handled the House portion of the impeachment inquiry, which they say “flagrantly denied the President any due process rights.”
Democrats have accused the president of using his position of power to solicit potentially damaging information from the Ukrainian president during a July 25 phone call. They claimed that he purposely withheld a U.S. military aid package worth nearly $400 million in exchange for information about Hunter Biden’s role at a Ukrainian energy company while his father, Joe Biden, was the vice president of the United States.
Trump, his lawyers and his allies have remained constant in their claims that nothing illegal took place in the phone call with the Ukrainian president and that it was business as usual. Because of that, in Saturday’s legal filing, Trump’s attorneys said that the two articles of impeachment are “are constitutionally invalid” given that they “fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone, high crimes or misdemeanors.”
The strongly-worded legal filing by Trump’s defense team is the first in what many believe will be a series of similar documents that argue the merits of the impeachment charges facing the president.
The impeachment trial is expected to begin Tuesday, January 21 with opening arguments by both sides on the floor of the U.S. Senate. 1oo U.S. senators were formally sworn in prior to the historic trial’s start date.