Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Trump Impeach Trial Moves Forward Despite Sure Acquittal; First Legal Briefs Filed in Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial, and related stories

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Trump impeach trial moves forward despite sure acquittal:
Plans for the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump moved forward Tuesday — even though 45 Republican senators have already signaled agreement with a key defense point.
The GOP bloc — which is large enough to ensure acquittal if it holds — last week voted in favor of dismissing the case against Trump on grounds that he’s now a private citizen.
Trump echoed that argument Tuesday in a 14-page answer to the sole article of impeachment against him, with his lawyers saying the Senate “lacks jurisdiction over the 45th President because he holds no public office from which he can be removed.”
Under the US Constitution, two-thirds of the Senate is needed to convict anyone following impeachment by the House of Representatives. --->READ MORE HERE
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First legal briefs filed in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial:
The Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump over his role in last month’s Capitol riot is picking up pace Tuesday as his lawyers and House impeachment managers are filing their first legal briefs outlining their strategies.
The documents from House prosecutors led by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Trump’s legal team could shed light on whom they plan to call as witnesses and their strategy on why Trump should be convicted despite no longer being in the White House.
The trial is expected to begin next Tuesday.
One of Trump’s lawyers, David Schoen, gave a preview of their line of defense during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday.
Schoen said he believes “this process is completely unconstitutional and it is a very, very dangerous road to take with respect to the First Amendment, putting at risk any passionate political speaker which is really against everything we believe in this country.” --->READ MORE HERE
inks below to related stories:

Trump Team Responds To Impeachment Article, Argues Senate Has 'No Jurisdiction' To Bar From Running Again

Trump Lawyer: Impeachment Is ‘Political Weaponization’ of a Constitutional Process

Trump, House Democrats Lay Out Impeachment Trial Strategies

Trump defense team argues impeachment trial violates Constitution

Trump’s Response To The Article Of Impeachment Leaves No Doubt The Senate Should Acquit

Trump's lawyers reject accusations of inciting Capitol riot, call impeachment unconstitutional

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