Trump’s legal team calls impeachment ‘brazen and unlawful’

Donald Trump’s legal team has filed its first formal response to impeachment charges against the president, calling them a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president”.

In a six-page document filed before opening statements are made on Tuesday in the president’s Senate trial, Mr Trump’s lawyers said the two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – were nothing more than a partisan attempt to remove him from office.

“President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies each and every allegation in both articles of impeachment,” they said.

“This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election – now just months away,” they added.

The response came as House Democrats, who are leading the impeachment case, also filed a document of 111 pages, previewing the arguments they will use.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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