By | Rachel Brooks
Contributor | Telegraph Local
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Lindsey Graham and Alan Dershowitz have stated that efforts to dismiss the articles of impeachment are “dead”, citing USA Today. Even though they have both argued that Trump committed no impeachable offense, the trial of Impeachment will proceed to the Senate.
Graham had previously stated that he wanted Trump’s trial to “die quickly”. He called the process a “partisan railroad job” on Fox News Sunday.
Fox News Sunday reports that Trump has assembled a legal dream team ahead of his trial. Senator Schumer continues to argue the need for witnesses. USA Today reports that Hunter Biden will serve as a witness, in what appears a bitter twist of irony. Hunter Biden was himself the subject of demands for investigation recently. The younger Biden’s presence on the Ukrainian gas company Benisma sparked U.S. political controversy. This also prompted the pressure campaign allegedly launched by Lev Parnas an associate of Rudy Guliani, Trump’s personal lawyer to prompt the Ukranian president to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden.
Despite the controversy surrounding him, senate members state that Hunter Biden’s testimony is fine with them. This citing USA Today as they quoted comments from Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown.
There has been some confusion surrounding the witness summons. The Republicans of the House state that the Democrats rushed the impeachment. They should have subpoenaed the witnesses during the initial inquiry.
Meanwhile, questions have arisen about the legal team Trump has selected. Why was Rudy Guliani not selected for Trump’s legal team? The Intelligencer at New York Magazine wondered, but there was not a clear answer to this question.
Citing the Intelligencer, Guiliani has commented on Trump’s legal team. He believes the selection to be “excellent.” Guliani also stated that he was “a potential fact witness.” It could be for this reason that he was not added to the legal team. However, the New York Magazine states that Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have denied Guiliani’s potential as a witness. Graham, however, expressed hope. He stated the following,
“I think he’s got a good team, but nobody’s ever asked me about having Rudy be part of it,” Graham’s comment as quoted by the Intelligencer.
The Trump team has already been vocal ahead of the Impeachment trial. Citing Fox News, Trump’s team calls the “flimsy” impeachment a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution”. This was stated in a lengthy trial memo that was presented on Monday. The memo is a 110-page filing. The filing claims that the impeachment proceedings are an abuse of power and an obstruction of Congress.
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Directly quoting the Trial Memorandum of President Donald J. Trump:
“The Articles of Impeachment now before the Senate are an affront to the Constitution and our democratic institutions. The Articles themselves—and the rigged process that brought them here—are a brazenly political act by House Democrats that must be rejected. They debase the grave power of impeachment and disdain the solemn responsibility that power entails. Anyone having the most basic respect for the sovereign will of the American people would shudder at the enormity of casting a vote to impeach a duly elected President. By contrast, upon tallying their votes, House Democrats jeered until they were scolded into silence by the Speaker. The process that brought the articles here violated every precedent and every principle of fairness followed in impeachment inquiries for more than 150 years. Even so, all that House Democrats have succeeded in proving is that the President did absolutely nothing wrong.”
Trump’s trial technically began on January 16, 2020. It is an ongoing process. Continue to check back to Telegraph Local for more updates.