Trump lawyers respond to articles of impeachment: 'Constitutionally invalid'

  
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Trump lawyers respond to articles of impeachment: 'Constitutionally invalid'
The articles of impeachment "are constitutionally invalid" because they "fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone, high crimes or misdemeanors," a source close to the legal team said, reflecting the argument in the legal filling.

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The whole democrat impeachment of our great President Trump is an illegitimate unconstitutional farce.  There is nothing valid about the charges or the way they were reached.  Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Gerold Nadler are incompetents.


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President Trump's  legal team on Saturday issued a full-throttled defense to the  articles of impeachment , refuting the substance and process of the charges while accusing House Democrats of engaging in a "dangerous attack" on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.

"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," said a source close to the president's legal team, reading from the expected legal filing.

The legal paperwork is the first formal response to the two articles of impeachment read in the Senate on Thursday for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Trump's lawyers argued that the articles of impeachment violated the Constitution and are "defective in their entirety" because they were the product of invalid House proceedings that "flagrantly denied the President any due process rights," a source close to Trump's legal team said Saturday in briefing reporters.

At the crux of Trump's defense is that he did nothing wrong in his  July 25 phone call  with the president of Ukraine when he asked for investigations into Democrats. Trump's lawyers argue that military aid to Ukraine was ultimately released without any announcement of investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

The articles of impeachment "are constitutionally invalid" because they "fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever, let alone, high crimes or misdemeanors," a source close to the legal team said, reflecting the argument in the legal filling.


The response is the first of many expected in the coming days from Trump's  growing legal team  as they battle to acquit the commander in chief in the Senate impeachment trial.

The House impeachment managers were expected to release their opening trial briefing Saturday evening, and Trump's lawyers will give their response by Monday.

Adding to the Democrats' case is  a legal opinion Thursday  from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which found that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. But the source close to Trump's legal team rejected the findings and accused the GAO of trying to insert itself into the impeachment "news cycle."

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The third presidential impeachment trial formally began Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators and each signed an “oath book” to cement their role as impartial jurors.

The trial will kick off in earnest Tuesday when House impeachment managers will prosecute the case and Trump's lawyers will offer a robust defense. The 100 senators took an oath Thursday to become jurors in the trial.

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Donald J. Trump fan 1
1  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1    4 weeks ago

“President Trump has done nothing wrong and is confident that this team will defend him, the voters, and our democracy from this baseless, illegitimate impeachment,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The Articles of Impeachment House Democrats have adopted threaten grave and lasting damage to our institutions and to our Nation.  The President looks forward to the end of this partisan and unconstitutional impeachment."  https://thenewstalkers.com/vic-eldred/group_discuss/7534/trump-lawyers-respond-to-articles-of-impeachment-constitutionally-invalid

 
 
 
WallyW
1.1  WallyW  replied to  Donald J. Trump fan 1 @1    4 weeks ago

Expect the prosecution team to suddenly "discover" new bombshell faux evidence of a supposedly smoking gun nature every day this farce drags on. The  Kavanaugh hearings are a glaring example of this kind of partisan dishonesty

 
 
 
Tacos!
2  Tacos!    4 weeks ago

If I was going to attack the process of impeachment itself, I don't think the due process argument works. Instead, I would be inclined to argue that the House was not acting in "good faith" and their impeachment is therefore invalid. There is tons of evidence for this, of course.

I am certain that if Trump enjoyed wider approval and support, and there had not been talk of impeachment since before he was even elected, this incident with Ukraine would have done little more than raise an eyebrow or two, and might have been in the news for all of a couple days.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
2.1  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  Tacos! @2    4 weeks ago

The House has never acted in good faith when ever Nancy Pelosi has been or is their speaker.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

It sounds like case dismissed due to lack of evidence or reason!

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
3.1  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    4 weeks ago

If we don’t have 4 turn into RINO’s in the Senate you will be correct.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
3.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Donald J. Trump fan 1 @3.1    4 weeks ago

I think we are going to have a way of getting our moderates to think long and hard about that. McConnell has met privately with each of them. If they start voting for witnesses, the President's lawyers will have the same right and there will be a recorded vote on every bit of it. So if they are worried about elections they better start thinking of where a long trial full of witnesses and steady drips of new information is going to lead.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
3.1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.1    4 weeks ago

Not to mention the CONTINUOUS leaks coming out of the Dem/Lib side.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
4  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

"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," said a source close to the president's legal team, reading from the expected legal filing.


Ya, Well put!

 
 
 
charger 383
5  charger 383    4 weeks ago

Making fun of them, calling them names and overuse of social media are not crimes

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
5.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  charger 383 @5    4 weeks ago

Believe me, if there wee real crimes, they would have been so stated in the Articles and Nancy Pelosi would have sent them over to the Senate immediately!

 
 
 
lady in black
6  lady in black    4 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
6.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  lady in black @6    4 weeks ago

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lady in black
6.1.1  lady in black  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1    4 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
6.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  lady in black @6.1.1    4 weeks ago

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lady in black
6.1.3  lady in black  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1.2    4 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
6.1.4  Vic Eldred  replied to  lady in black @6.1.3    4 weeks ago

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lady in black
6.1.5  lady in black  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1.4    4 weeks ago

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Vic Eldred
6.1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  lady in black @6.1.5    4 weeks ago

Have you got anything to add to the conversation?

 
 
 
lady in black
6.1.7  lady in black  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1.6    4 weeks ago

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Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.1.8  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  lady in black @6.1.7    4 weeks ago

Let’s stay on topic. The President’s defense will be a strong one and he will easily win acquittal 

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.1.9  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  lady in black @6.1.3    4 weeks ago

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Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.1.10  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  lady in black @6.1.7    4 weeks ago

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Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.1.11  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  lady in black @6.1.5    4 weeks ago

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Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.1.12  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1.6    4 weeks ago

It would seem not.  

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
6.2  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  lady in black @6    4 weeks ago

Trump will be acquitted with prejudice right after the opening statements are entered into the record so that he can’t be put in double jeopardy by a repeat trial on these matters 

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
7  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1    4 weeks ago
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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone exits the U.S. Capitol after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in December. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, will take the helm in commanding Trump’s defense. He was named to the post in October 2018 but has known the president for years. He represented Trump during his tenure as a partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis and helped Trump prepare for the 2016 presidential debates.

Despite joining the administration in 2018, Cipollone is no stranger to government work – having worked at the Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr during George H.W. Bush's administration.

Cipollone has also played a key role in defending Trump during the House’s impeachment inquiry that centered on the president’s July phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump urged Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in the eastern European nation.

As White House counsel, Cipollone advised Trump to release the memo of the call July phone call with Zelensky and he also penned an eight-page note to House Democrats asserting that the White House would not cooperate with the congressional impeachment inquiry.

His advice to Trump fits with Cipplone’s beliefs in executive privilege and that the president can shield witnesses and documents from Congress.

Jay Sekulow

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Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow was heavily involved in his defense during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The second-in-command of the president’s defense, Jay Sekulow has worked as the coordinator of Trump’s personal legal team and was heavily involved in his defense during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sekulow has had a high-profile and colorful career as a litigator – serving as chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice and also hosting his own syndicated radio show, “Jay Sekulow Live.” Focusing much of his work on protecting religious and constitutional freedoms, Sekulow has argued 12 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He will also be assisted by his son, Jordan Sekulow.

Ken Starr

Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s, is also expected to be part of the team.

Starr’s “Whitewater” probe led to the investigation into Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky and ended with the first impeachment of a president since 1868. He is the former president and chancellor of Baylor University and the former Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law.

The inclusion of Starr on Trump's team drew an immediate reaction from Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose affair with Clinton eventually led to his impeachment before he was acquitted in a Senate trial. "This is definitely an 'are you f----ng kidding me?' kinda day," she tweeted.

Alan Dershowitz

Attorney Alan Dershowitz confirmed his role on the Trump legal team in a series of tweets, saying he would "present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal." Dershowitz told Fox News he is not a “full-fledged” member of the legal team, though he will be contributing to the effort.

Dershowitz, an emeritus professor of law at Harvard, is a constitutional and criminal law scholar and is known for his staunch defense of civil liberties and individual rights.

Dershowitz is expected to emphasize the Constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal and highlight the fact that he voted for Hillary Clinton and opposed the impeachment trial against Bill Clinton.

Pam Bondi, Robert Ray and Jane Raskin

The Trump team is also bringing on several other veteran prosecutors, including Pam Bondi, Robert Ray and Jane Raskin to assist in the trial.

Bondi, the first female attorney general in Florida history, was a county prosecutor in Florida for 18 years. An early supporter of Trump’s campaign, Bondi was brought on by the White House in November to handle messaging for the impeachment inquiry.

Ray is a veteran federal prosecutor who succeeded Ken Starr as independent counsel and issued the final report on the Whitewater scandal and the Monica Lewinsky scandal

Raskin and her husband, who have a Florida-based law firm specializing in white-collar defense, joined Trump’s legal team in the Mueller probe in 2018 and led negotiations with Mueller’s prosecutors about potentially questioning Trump.

Michael Purpura and Patrick Philbin

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Michael Purpura, who will serve as one of the two deputies on Trump’s defense team, has worked in the White House Counsel’s office since January 2019. (Leadership Connect)

Michael Purpura, who will serve as one of the deputies on Trump’s defense team, has worked in the White House Counsel’s office since January 2019.

A graduate of West Point and Columbia Law School, Purpura has a long history of working for Republican presidential administrations. He worked in the White House Counsel’s office during George W. Bush’s presidency – where he was part of the team responding to congressional investigations – and was the senior counsel to the deputy attorney general during that administration.

Along with his time in the White House, Purpura also worked in the U.S. attorney's office in both the District of Hawaii and the Southern District of New York.

Another deputy counsel is Patrick Philbin, who has close ties to both Cipollone and the George W. Bush administration.

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Patrick Philbin worked at the Justice Department during the Bush administration where he handled cases relating to counterterrorism and espionage during the height of the war on terror. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Harvard Law School graduate, who serves as deputy White House counsel, was also a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and worked as an associate deputy attorney general during the Bush administration from 2003 to 2005.

Philbin handled cases relating to counterterrorism and espionage during the height of the war on terror. One of his tasks was handling applications for electronic surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

He is most widely known for working with then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey in preventing Attorney General John Ashcroft from signing off on a controversial warrantless wiretap program.

Fox News' Brooke Singman, Adam Shaw and Matthew Borowski contributed to this report.   https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trumps-impeachment-trial-defense-team-who-are-the-lawyers-defending-the-president

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
8  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

The President's defense team will have the right to make a motion to dismiss. The Senate should vote on it.

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
8.1  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1  replied to  Vic Eldred @8    4 weeks ago

I think that will happen after the persecution from the house managers is complete and they do their rebuttal.  Then it should end.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
8.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Donald J. Trump fan 1 @8.1    4 weeks ago
Then it should end.  

I hoping for a clear rebuke of that baseless impeachment

 
 
 
Donald J. Trump fan 1
9  seeder  Donald J. Trump fan 1    4 weeks ago

I think that the Trump lawyers will wipe up the senate floor with the idiot incompetent house floor managers.  It should be good entertainment on the way to Trumps re election to four more years.  

 
 
 
The Magic Eight Ball
10  The Magic Eight Ball    4 weeks ago
The articles of impeachment "are constitutionally invalid" because they "fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever,

it is all show for the lunatic left and nothing more than that.

exposing the bidens and shrinking the lefts voter base in the process?  priceless :)

 
 
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