House impeachment managers are calling for former President Donald Trump to testify either before or during his Senate impeachment trial designated to commence in full next week, ABC News reported.
“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,” the letter from Lead Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., began, referring to Trump’s legal team’s response to their legal brief laying out the change for “incitement of insurrection.
“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,” Raskin requested on behalf of the managers.
“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 letter finished, asking for a response from Trump by Friday at 5 p.m.
The crux of Trump’s legal argument is that the trial is unconstitutional as he is out of office and a denial that he violated the oath of office, while dodging into election fraud territory, according to his formal answer to the article of impeachment submitted through his attorneys on Tuesday.
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