'Stingy': Donald Trump's legal team allegedly quit over payment dispute

Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters like a loaded cannon at the US Capitol House Democrats said. — AFP File

'Stingy': Donald Trump's legal team allegedly quit over payment dispute

The House impeachment managers accuse Donald Trump of summoning a mob to Washington, D.C., on January 6, whipping the crowd "into a frenzy" and then aiming them "like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, pinning the blame for the deadly violence that ensued directly on the former president. One of those attorneys, David Schoen, said on Fox News that will argue the impeachment trial of a private citizen is unconstitutional and that Mr. And it used evocative language to conjure the day's chaos, when "terrified members were trapped in the chamber" and called loved ones "for fear they would not survive".

The Constitution states that conviction can lead to "removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States".

Trump's lawyers responded with their own filing that denied that he had incited the riot by disputing the election results or by exhorting his followers to "fight like hell".

Trump's team is expected to file a response later on Tuesday, writes the Post.

The formalities have begun ahead of former President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate next week.

The House managers also make the case for why Trump can't claim First Amendment protection for his inflammatory statements about the election results and why he remains subject to impeachment even though he is no longer in office.

"President Trump's conduct offends everything that the Constitution stands for", the House lawmakers, known as impeachment managers, wrote in their 80-page brief.

Based in part on the CRS report, PolitiFact Wisconsin rated former Gov. Scott Walker's claim that the "Senate can not convict a former president" Mostly False.

The Democrats drew heavily on the words of prominent Republicans who have criticized the former president. They also criticized Democrats for not allowing Mr. Trump to have a lawyer present during the House impeachment process.

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 January 6 led to the attack on the Capitol that left five dead.

Though no president has been tried after departing the White House, Democrats say there is precedent, pointing to an 1876 impeachment of a secretary of war who resigned his office in a last-ditch attempt to avoid an impeachment trial. The Senate held it anyway. Setting that precedent now would "horrify the Framers", the brief said.

"The Constitution governs the first day of the President's term, the last day, and every moment in between", they say in the memo. Trump's upcoming Senate trial.

The three dozen former officials signing the letter included former Governors Christine Todd Whitman of New Jersey and William Weld of MA and Carter Phillips, a veteran Washington litigator and assistant solicitor general under former president Ronald Reagan.

"Trump is personally responsible for a violent attack on the Capitol", they wrote. "Since the 45th president is no longer president, the clause "shall be removed from office on impeachment for" ... is impossible for the Senate to accomplish".

In their brief, House prosecutors argued that "the gravity of President Trump's offense is magnified by the fact that it arose from a course of conduct aimed at subverting and obstructing the election results". When those efforts failed, the Democrats wrote, "he turned to improper and abusive means of staying in power", specifically by launching a pressure campaign aimed at state election officials, the Justice Department and Congress. These efforts, according to the article of impeachment, included a January 2 phone call to the secretary of state of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, to "find" enough votes to overturn Biden's win in that state.

In this January 6, 2021, file photo, Trump supporters, including Doug Jensen, center, confront US Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington.

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