House Democrat impeachment managers made the ludicrous claim in a brief filed on Tuesday that former President Trump pointed the mob ‘like a loaded cannon’ at the Capitol before the breach that occured on January 6th.
Trump also faced a Tuesday deadline to respond to the article of impeachment passed by the Democratic-led House on Jan. 13 charging him with inciting insurrection in his speech to supporters before the rampage at the Capitol that left five people dead including a police officer.
The nine House Democrats, known as House impeachment managers, in their brief also rejected Republican claims that it would be unconstitutional to put Trump on trial in the Senate since he became a private citizen after leaving office on Jan. 20.
“There is no ‘January Exception’ to impeachment or any other provision of the Constitution,” the managers said in the brief.
“He summoned a mob to Washington, exhorted them into a frenzy, and aimed them like a loaded cannon down Pennsylvania Avenue. As the Capitol was overrun, President Trump was reportedly ‘delighted,’” they said.
Convicting Trump would require a two-thirds vote, meaning that 17 Republicans would need to join the Senate’s 50 Democrats in voting to convict. That presents a daunting hurdle for Democrats. Last week, 45 of the 50 Republican senators voted in favor of a failed bid to dismiss the impeachment charge as unconstitutional because Trump has left office.
The Tuesday deadline for a response by Trump to the charge comes just days after he parted ways with his initial legal team amid a reported dispute over how to respond to the charge.
Republican Senator John Cornyn said that making an argument regarding alleged election fraud would be “really not material” to the charge that Trump’s remarks urging supporters to “fight” on Jan. 6 led to the attack on the Capitol that left five dead.
“I think it would be a disservice to the president’s own defense to get bogged down in things that really aren’t before the Senate,” Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court judge, told reporters on Monday.
One of Trump’s recently hired lawyers, David Schoen, called the impeachment process “completely unconstitutional” in an interview with Fox News on Monday but did not outline the former president’s legal strategy.
“I think it’s also the most ill-advised legislative action that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Schoen said. “It is tearing the country apart at a time when we don’t need anything like that.”
We agree 100% with Mr. Schoen that this impeachment effort is incredibly ill-advised and even dangerous for the country at this moment.
Joe Biden claims to want to unify this country but it is clear he has no intention or real desire to do so.
It appears that to Democrats and to Joe Biden specifically “unify” really means agree with us and submit to the boot we want placed on your neck or else we will try and destroy you.
Sad, pathetic and entirely predictable.
My only hope in this situation is that President Trump uses this opportunity to rip the Democrats, and the Republicans, a new one and show them the folly of their current course of action against him.
Reuters contributed to this report.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org