The president’s legal counsel formally responded to the two articles of impeachment leveled against the president, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
The deadline for House Democrats to file their trial brief was 5 p.m EST on Saturday. The president’s answer to the two articles was due just an hour later. The president’s lead attorneys, Jay Sekulow and Pat Cipollone, prepared Trump’s six-page formal response to the articles.
“The articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats are a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president,” the formal answer reads. “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. This highly partisan and reckless obsession with impeaching the president began even before his election and continues to this day.”
Trump’s counsel argued the impeachment articles are “constitutionally invalid on their face” and are the result of a “lawless” House inquiry that violated basic principles of fairness and due process.