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Dems, White House Make Their Arguments

And so it begins
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 18, 2020 4:30 PM CST

(Newser) – House Democrats say in a brief filed ahead of impeachment trial arguments that President Trump "abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust." They also called his conduct the "worst nightmare" of the country's founding fathers, the AP reports. The brief Saturday came shortly after the White House sent the Senate a fiery response to its impeachment summons, outlining the defenses it expects to use in the upcoming trial. Meanwhile, Trump's legal team is sending the Senate a fiery response to its impeachment summons, outlining the defenses it expects to use in the upcoming trial. Trump's Saturday missive calls the two articles of impeachment passed by the House "a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president."

The document offers a taste of the rhetoric expected to be deployed by the president's defenders in the Senate. "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," the filing states. Two people close to the president's legal team outlined the filing in advance on the condition of anonymity. Trump's legal team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, is challenging the impeachment on both procedural and constitutional grounds, claiming Trump has been mistreated by House Democrats and that he did nothing wrong. Trump's attorneys argue that the articles of impeachment are unconstitutional in and of themselves and invalid because they don't allege a crime.

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