Saturday, February 6, 2021

House impeachment Team Demands Trump Testify; Trump Rejects Democratic 'PR Stunt,' Won't Testify at Impeachment Trial, and related stories

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House impeachment team demands Trump testify:
The Democratic impeachment managers sent a letter Thursday demanding that former President Donald Trump appear and testify as part of the upcoming impeachment trial in the Senate, and said if he refuses it will be evidence of his guilt.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Maryland Democrat leading the impeachment team, said Mr. Trump should be forced to detail his behavior under oath, in person. He said it could come either before or during the floor proceedings in the Senate.
“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,” the congressman wrote.
Republican allies of Mr. Trump mocked the demand. --->READ MORE HERE
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Trump Rejects Democratic 'PR Stunt,' Won't Testify at Impeachment Trial:
House Democrats on Thursday called on Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial, challenging the former president to respond to their charge that he incited last month’s riot at the Capitol.
In response, a Trump adviser said Trump won’t testify.
The request in a letter from House impeachment managers does not require Trump to appear, but it does warn that any refusal to testify could be used at trial to support arguments for a conviction.
Hours after the letter was released, Trump adviser Jason Miller said that “the president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding.” Separately, Trump’s lawyers dismissed the request as a “public relations stunt.”
The Senate impeachment trial starts Feb. 9. Trump is charged with inciting an insurrection on Jan. 6, when a mob broke into the Capitol to interrupt the electoral vote count. --->READ MORE HERE
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