Sunday, January 19, 2020

Democrats Outline Case for Removing Trump: File first documents in Senate impeachment trial

House Democratic impeachment managers filed their first documents in the coming Senate trial, outlining how they plan to make the case for removing President Trump from office.
The Democrats’ 111-page document, filed on Saturday, outlines the case the seven impeachment managers plan to present to senators when the trial begins on Tuesday. In the filing, House Democrats tell senators, who serve as jurors in the trial, to follow the Constitution and “rise above partisan differences” as they hear the case.
“President Trump abused the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in our elections for his own personal political gain, thereby jeopardizing our national security, the integrity of our elections, and our democracy,” the impeachment managers said in a statement.
The Democratic-led House approved two articles of impeachment against Mr. Trump last month. The first article of impeachment stems from Mr. Trump pressing Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, including by withholding almost $400 million in aid to help Kyiv combat Russian aggression. The second article accuses Mr. Trump of impeding Congress’s investigation by preventing witnesses from testifying and defying subpoenas for documentary evidence.
The president denies the accusations and says the transcripts from calls with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky show he did nothing wrong.
The president’s legal team, in a response posted on Saturday, called the House impeachment articles “a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election” and said the articles fail to allege any crime or violation.
Democrats counter that impeachment doesn’t have to include a crime, and say abuse of power is an impeachable offense, according to an aide working on the inquiry.
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House Democrats: Trump must be removed to protect 2020 election

Read The Democrats’ 111-page document, filed on Saturday

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