Donald Trump’s Impeachment Trial Begins Today
Though The House voted Jan. 13 to impeach Trump, the Senate is unlikely to achieve the required two-thirds majority vote to convict the former president, according to news outlets.
Trump’s attorneys submitted a pre-trial brief accusing Democrats of conducting “political opportunism.”
In the pre-trial memo, Trump’s lawyers stated:
“During the past four years, Democrat members of the United States House of Representatives have filed at least nine (9) resolutions to impeach Donald J. Trump… each containing charges more outlandish than the next. One might have been excused for thinking that the Democrats’ fervered hatred for Citizen Trump and their “Trump Derangement Syndrome” would have broken by now.”
The impeachment trial comes over accusations that Trump encouraged his supporters to riot at the Capitol Hill building on Jan. 6.
“The intellectual dishonesty and factual vacuity put forth by the House Managers in their trial memorandum only serve to further punctuate the point that this impeachment was never about seeking justice. Instead, this was only ever a selfish attempt by Democratic leadership in the House to prey upon the feelings of horror and confusion that fell upon all Americans… upon seeing the destruction at the Capitol… Instead of acting to heal the nation, or at the very least focusing on prosecuting the lawbreakers who stormed the Capitol, the Speaker of the House and her allies have tried to callously harness the chaos of the moment for their own political gain,” Trump’s lawyers said.
In a response to Trump’s lawyers’ memo, the House memo said Trump is being impeached “because he willfully incited an insurrection against the government.”
The riots came as a result of the belief among many of Trump’s supporters that the election was rigged, partly due to Trump’s repeated claims of voter fraud. Those claims have been dismissed by courts.
The House pre-trial memo mentioned these claims.
“President Trump’s repeated claims about a ‘rigged’ and ‘stolen’ election were false, no matter how many contortions his lawyers undertake to avoid saying so. When [Trump] demanded that the armed, angry crowd at his Save America Rally ‘fight like hell’ or ‘you’re not going to have a country anymore,’ he wasn’t urging them to form political action committees about ‘election security in general.’”
The memo also mentioned the phone call that was released of Trump telling Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger to “find” more votes.
Voting machine companies, such as Dominion and Smartmatic, have also sued allies of Trump who claimed that election rigging or voter fraud occurred.
Most notably, Dominion Voting Systems sued Rudy Giuliani and sought damages in excess of 1 billion dollars, and Smartmatic USA Corp. recently sued Fox News for airing a segment that allegedly contained defamatory statements about the company’s products regarding the 2020 presidential election.