President Trump laid it out in simple terms that all his defense team needs to do in his impeachment trial is, to tell the truth. “What my people have to do is just be honest, just tell the truth,” Trump told Raymond Arroyo on Fox News at the March for Life rally in Washington on Friday, Jan. 24.
“They’ve been testifying, the Democrats, they’ve been telling so many lies, so many fabrications, so much exaggeration. And this is not impeachable.”
“Can you imagine being impeached when you didn’t commit a crime?” added President Trump.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone who is leading the president’s team of lawyers, set forth the argument for the president on Saturday morning, Jan. 25, that he is innocent of the charges. He argued it is the Democrats who are committing wrongdoing by attempting to remove President Trump from the 2020 election ballot.
Cipollone said the Dems are trying to undermine the will of the American voters. “For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”
Cipollone continued, “It would violate the sacred trust that the American people have placed in you and have placed in them. The American people decide elections. They have one coming up in nine months.”
The president’s legal team argued there are no grounds to remove the president from office. “They’re asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done and they’re asking you to do it with no evidence. And that’s wrong,” Cipollone said.
The legal team gave a two-hour preview of their argument and will be allowed three days to present their case—the same amount of time House impeachment managers were allowed to present their case last week.
Democrats have argued the president must be immediately removed, and the decision must not be left up to voters in the 2020 election. “If he [Trump] is not removed from office, if he is permitted to defy the Congress entirely, categorically, to say that subpoenas from Congress in an impeachment inquiry are nonsense, then we will have lost … all power to hold any president accountable,” Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), said. “This is a determination by President Trump that he wants to be all-powerful. He does not have to respect the Congress. He does not have to respect the representatives of the people. Only his will goes. He is a dictator. This must not stand and that is another reason he must be removed from office.”
After the defense team has presented their argument against removing the president from office, Democrats are hoping to force a vote to allow more witnesses to be called, and also obtain White House documents, reports Fox News.