U.S. House files brief laying out impeachment case against Trump


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Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern who had the affair with Clinton, posted on Twitter soon after the news broke.

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In the 46-page trial memorandum, the House impeachment managers asserted that beginning in the spring, Mr Trump undertook a corrupt campaign to push Ukraine to publicly announce investigations of his political rivals, withholding as leverage almost US$400 million in military aid and a White House meeting.

Trump's legal team on January 18 issued a fiery response to the Democrats ahead of opening arguments in the trial, calling the two articles passed by the House last month "a unsafe attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president".

The trial against Trump will begin on Tuesday in the Senate, which is mostly under the control of Republicans.

"This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election", Xinhua quoted Trump's lawyers as saying in a response filed to the US Senate on Saturday.

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The impeachment process risks doing "lasting damage to our structure of government", she said.

The President's response to the articles of impeachment, which is separate from the response to the trial brief itself, is due at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday. Both senators have acknowledged the need for a fair trial, despite disagreeing on the procedural mechanisms to achieve one.

Hunter benefited a Ukrainian firm when Joe Biden was United States vice-president. "The only remaining question is whether the members of the Senate will accept and carry out the responsibility placed on them by the Framers of our Constitution and their constitutional Oaths", the brief said.

The lawyers said Trump "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegations and encouraged lawmakers to reject "poisonous partisanship" and "vindicate the will of the American people" by rejecting both articles.

The impeachment managers, who represent the geographic and demographic diversity within the Democratic Party, walked the articles of impeachment across the Capitol to the Senate chamber last week, kicking off the symbolic start to the Senate process.

Brown told CNN's Brianna Keilar, "I don't know how you justify not calling witnesses and not introducing new information, if it's related to this trial that has an impact on it".

The Trump lawyers, in their document, argued that Trump acted at all times with full constitutional legal authority, the sources said.

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Romney said he wants to hear from John Bolton, the former national security adviser at the White House, who others have said raised alarms about the alternative foreign policy toward Ukraine being run by Giuliani. In the Senate, only a handful of Republican lawmakers have suggested they would not simply support his exoneration.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks with news media in her Anchorage office on January 18, 2020. The two have taken part in high profile USA legal cases and make regular appearances on Fox News - the president's preferred TV network. While Republicans viewed this as a loss for Pelosi and Democrats, a timeline of events shows that Pelosi's decision to hold off on sending the articles might have paid off for the House speaker. The same outcome is expected in Trump's trial.

In a much slimmer filing, the White House replied to a congressional writ of summons notifying Trump of the charges against him and inviting him to attend the trial.

A two-thirds majority of senators would be required to remove Trump from office.

President Trump's legal team has made clear the White House's resistance to cooperate with the impeachment investigation in its official response to the Senate convocation on Saturday evening.

In a telephone interview Friday with the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska's other Republican U.S. senator, Dan Sullivan, said he supports using the same rules as the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, which Sullivan said would give Trump a "fair and balanced" process.

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