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Trump brief assails impeachment, demands immediate acquittal

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump s lawyers submitted a trial brief on Monday calling his impeachment by the House a dangerous perversion of the US constitution and demanding his immediate acquittal by the Senate.Almost simultaneously, House impeachment managers responded to an earlier Trump filing, saying the president engaged in corrupt conduct... to cheat in the next election. They said the Senate should remove him from office following a fair trial. The historic impeachment trial is set to open in earnest at 1 pm (1800 GMT) Tuesday. Senators will hear arguments for six hours a day, six days a week in a somber exercise presided over by the chief justice of the United States, John Roberts.The dueling briefs came in a sudden flurry on what normally would be a quiet federal holiday in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. day. But the weeks to come will be anything but normal, as the Senate opens only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history.The president s brief Monday, which ran to over 100 pages, made clear that his legal team will contest the very idea of his impeachment, calling the two articles of impeachment forwarded by the House constitutionally deficient on their face. It said the theories underpinning them would do lasting damage to the separation of powers under the Constitution and to our structure of government. It maintained that the articles are the product of an unprecedented and unconstitutional process that denied the president every basic right to represent his cause.The brief added: The only constitutional option is to reject the articles and acquit the president.


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