Trump rejects the charges against him in legal and political defense
President Trump on Monday rejected the Democrat-led House's accusations of insulting the US constitution in a pre-trial memo that was a political case against his removal as it was a legal defense.
The 13-page executive summary sought to undercut the charges against the Republican president of abusing his power and obstructed Congress, and this marked Trump's first comprehensive defense before starting his trial in the Senate on Tuesday.
“The Senate should speedily reject these deficient articles of impeachment and acquit the president,” Trump said.
Republican-controlled Senate is highly unlikely to remove Trump from office, it is important for him to try to diminish the Democratic accusations to limit political damage to his bid for a second term.
Trump's legal team says he was within his constitutional authority to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelinsky last year to investigate Biden and his son Hunter as part of what Trump says is an anti-corruption drive. Biden denies wrongdoing, and Trump's allegations have been widely publicized.
20 Jan 2020