Senior impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin, has sent Trump a letter asking him to testify on his second impeachment trial.
Here is the letter to Trump that the House Democrats sent to PoliticusUSA:
As you know, the United States House of Representatives has impeached you for inciting insurrection. See H. Res. 24. The Senate trial for this impeachment article begins Tuesday, February 9, 2021. See p. Res. 16.
Two days ago you submitted a response denying many of the impeachment allegations. You have therefore tried to question critical facts despite the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense. In view of your dispute with these allegations of fact, I would like to invite you to testify under oath about your conduct on January 6, 2021 before or during the impeachment proceedings in the Senate. We suggest that you give your testimony (including cross-examination, of course) on Monday, February 8th, 2021 and by Thursday, February 11th, 2021 at the latest. We would be happy to arrange such a testimony at a mutually convenient time and location.
Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton both gave testimony during their tenures – and the Supreme Court ruled just last year that you were not immune from trial during your tenure as President – so there is no doubt that you are in the process can testify. Obviously, while a seated president may raise concerns about being distracted from his official duties, that concern is not applicable here. We therefore expect your availability to testify.
If you decline this invitation, we reserve all rights, including the right to determine in court that your refusal to testify had a major negative impact on your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021.
I would like to ask you to reply to this letter by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the latest. I look forward to your answer and your testimony.
Trump has always got himself into trouble because he thinks he is his best lawyer. Trump is torn between a moment when he could grab the national spotlight and get all the attention again and the very real possibility that he could criminally engage himself.
Lying on impeachment is a crime, and with the Democrats in control of the Senate, Trump could face perjury charges. The second impeachment trial against Trump already differs from the first in that it will be a real trial and Donald Trump will be given the opportunity to take a stand in his own defense.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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