The legal team of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, has dismissed the impeachment charges levelled against him, describing it as “unlawful” and a “dangerous attack” on democracy.
The legal team said this on Saturday in its first formal response to the charges instituted against the US President by the House of Representatives, which is led by the Democratic Party.
In their 111-page filing on Saturday, Democratic lawmakers leading the case against President Trump argued that the president should be convicted and removed from office “to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation’s security”.
“The case against the president of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable, and the evidence is overwhelming.
“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 Democrats said.
They added that the president had “abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust”, and called his conduct the “worst nightmare” of the country’s founding fathers.
But in its six-page response, President Trump’s legal team, led by White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, and the president’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, said they were challenging the impeachment on both procedural and constitutional grounds, claiming that the president did nothing wrong and had not been treated fairly.
The team said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a “brazen” attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
the articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats were a “dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.”
“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,” the team said in their filing.
The impeachment charges, the legal team argued, is “the result of a lawless process that violated basic due process and fundamental fairness”.
The lawyers said President Trump “categorically and unequivocally” denies all allegations.
The US President is being accused by the House of Representatives of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He is alleged to have pressurised Ukraine to dig up damaging information on one of his main Democratic challengers for the presidency in 2020, Joe Biden, and his son Hunter.
He is the third US president in history to face an impeachment trial.
Opening statements in the trial at the US Senate, controlled by the president’s Republican Party, will commence this week.