House impeachment supervisors asked previous United States President Donald Trump on Thursday to affirm throughout the Senate impeachment trial about his conduct on January 6. The relocation was instantly referred to as a “public relations stunt” by his legal representatives.
In a letter, lead impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin asked for Trump to offer statement under oath, either prior to or throughout the Senate impeachment trial, about his conduct on January 6. The letter follows Trump’s legal group submitted a response to the Article of Impeachment, rejecting incontrovertible realities about the president’s conduct on and leading up to January 6 and asserting, “…The 45th president of the United States performed admirably in his role as president, at all times doing what he thought was in the best interests of the American people”.
‘No unfavorable reasoning in this unconstitutional case’
Trump’s legal representatives Bruce L Castor and David I Dchoen fasted to decrease the ask. “We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt. As you know, there is no such thing as a negative inference in this unconstitutional proceeding,” they stated.
“Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: You cannot prove your allegations against the 45th president of the United States, who is now a private citizen. The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to play these games,” the letter continued.
The post of impeachment
In his letter to Trump, Raskin composed, “Two days ago, you filed an answer, in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment. You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense.”
“In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021. We would propose that you provide your testimony (of course including cross-examination as early as Monday, February 8, 2021, and not later than Thursday, February 11, 2021. We would be pleased to arrange such testimony at a mutually convenient time and place. If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction on January 6, 2021,” he stated.
‘Trump will not affirm in unconstitutional case’
In a declaration, Jason Miller, a senior consultant to the previous president, stated Trump would not take part. “The president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” he stated.
Reacting to Miller’s declaration, Raskin stated, “Today, we offered president Trump the opportunity to testify about the events of January 6 and he refused to do so. Despite his lawyers’ rhetoric, any official accused of inciting armed violence against the government of the United States should welcome the chance to testify openly and honestly — that is, if the official had a defence. We will prove at the trial that president Trump’s conduct was indefensible. His immediate refusal to testify speaks volumes and plainly establishes an adverse inference supporting his guilt.”