President Trump wasted no time turning down Democrats’ offer to testify under oath at his upcoming Senate impeachment trial. Trump’s legal team blasted the offer, calling it just another liberal “publican relations stunt.”
On Thursday, Democrat impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin informed Team Trump of their offer via letter. Within hours Trump’s legal team responded to the letter.
“We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt. As you certainly know, there is no such thing as a negative inference in this unconstitutional proceeding,” the attorneys wrote. “Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen.”
🚨Response to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin🚨 pic.twitter.com/I13JBvbkmD
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) February 4, 2021
The Democrats presented their terrible offer just days after both sides presented their legal arguments they plan to use in the coming days. In the official offer, Rep. Raskin threatens Trump by saying, “strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021.”
Trump’s Senate impeachment trial is scheduled for Feb. 9th. Last month, the House passed a single article of impeachment claiming Trump incited a mob of supporters to riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Many Republican Senators have signaled their total disapproval for the upcoming Senate trial on the grounds of constitutionality. Many believe Trump cannot and should not be convicted since he is no longer a public official. A conviction in the Senate requires two-thirds of the body to vote in favor. Forty-five GOP senators have already voted to dismiss the impeachment article against Trump.
GOP Leadership wants nothing to do with phony impeachment either. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was one of the 45 who voted against the trial. Though the motion was voted down, it suggest Democrats are no where near reaching the required majority to convict President Trump in the Senate.
The only five Republicans senators who voted to proceed with the trial were Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Mitt Romney of Utah.
House Democrats admit Trump’s Senate conviction is only necessary to bar him holding further office. The Democrats are growing majorly concerned as Trump’s popularity only seems to increase. His grassroots following easily usurps the weak support had by every top Democrat today.