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Impeachment managers request that former President Trump testify at trial

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Posted at 11:41 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 15:06:08-05

House impeachment managers, the several representatives who will represent the case for impeachment in the Senate trial against former President Donald Trump next week, are requesting that the former president testify.

In a letter shared publicly, Congressman Jamie Raskin formally sent a letter to Trump and his two attorneys stating “I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021.”

Raskin requests Trump to testify between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11.

The House has approved an article of impeachment against Trump for incitement of insurrection. The article and evidence around it will be presented during a trial in the Senate starting Tuesday, February 9.

In a pre-trial brief filed this week by Trump’s attorneys, Bruce Castor and David Schoen, they argued the former president cannot be convicted because he is no longer in office. This point has been debated by legal scholars, and there is no clear answer.

The former president's attorneys also say Trump’s comments before and on January 6 are protected under the First Amendment.

The House impeachment managers, in their pre-trial brief, say there is history and precedent to justify holding a trial and convict Trump. They point out that the article of impeachment was voted on while he was still in office, for actions taken while he was in office.

In the letter asking Trump to testify, Raskin writes "Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton both provided testimony while in office—and the Supreme Court held just last year that you were not immune from legal process while serving as President—so there is no doubt that you can testify in these proceedings."

The House of Representatives voted to impeach former President Trump for the second time in his presidency on Jan. 13. Just seven days before he left office.