On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump punched back at Democrats after they released their impeachment brief, laying out their arguments for impeaching the former president after he had left office.
Earlier in the day, the House impeachment managers selected by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, argued in a brief that President Trump is “singularly responsible” for the January 6th Capitol riot.
In a document of his own, President Trump shot back at the impeachment sham, providing responses to all of the Democrats’ accusations against him.
One of the main takeaways from President Trump’s response was the point that he cannot be impeached or removed from office because he doesn’t even hold office.
The document starts: “The Constitution provides that the House of representatives ‘shall have the sole Power of Impeachment’ and that the President ‘shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.””
Read the whole response below:
On Tuesday, the Democrat impeachment managers filed a brief against Trump where they laid out their case in an attempt to convince the Senate to convict him for allegedly encouraging the riot.
“President Trump may assert that this impeachment reflects ‘cancel culture’ or some supposed intolerance of his right to voice objections to the election results. That would be a red herring. President Trump endangered the very constitutional system that protects all other rights, including freedom of expression,” the brief said. “It would be perverse to suggest that our shared commitment to free speech requires the Senate to ignore the obvious: that President Trump is singularly responsible for the violence and destruction that unfolded in our seat of government on January 6.”
Many Senate Republicans have made it clear that they will not be supporting Trump’s impeachment, claiming it is unconstitutional because he is no longer a “sitting president.” The impeachment managers however, argue that he can be impeached because he was impeached before while in office.
“President Trump is personally responsible for inciting an armed attack on our seat of government that imperiled the lives of the Vice President, Members of Congress and our families, and those who staff and serve the Legislative Branch,” the brief added. “If the Senate does not try President Trump (and convict him) it risks declaring to all future Presidents that there will be no consequences, no accountability, indeed no Congressional response at all if they violate their Oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution’ in their final weeks — and instead provoke lethal violence in a lawless effort to retain power.”
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The managers go on to argue that, while Trump cannot be removed from office, his conviction is necessary to bar him from ever holding public office in the future.
“President Trump’s incitement of insurrection requires his conviction and disqualification from future federal officeholding,” the brief says. “This is not a case where elections alone are a sufficient safeguard against future abuse; it is the electoral process itself that President Trump attacked and that must be protected from him and anyone else who would seek to mimic his behavior.”
Trump gave a speech before a crowd of supporters prior to the riot at the Capitol in which he urged protesters to “peacefully” march to the Capitol.
“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” Trump said at the time. “Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections.”