PRESIDENT Donald Trump's legal team asserts that he did "absolutely nothing wrong" – and they're urging the senate to toss his "flimsy" impeachment case.
In a brief filed Monday, Trump's lawyers slammed his impeachment a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution" and decried the process as rigged.
"It is a constitutional travesty," his lawyers wrote.
They also insisted that abuse of power was not a crime.
The filing is meant to counter a brief submitted by House Democrats on Saturday that explains why Trump should be removed from office.
The 110-paged document filed by his legal team claims the two articles of impeachment brought against the president – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – are insufficient to warrant offenses.
However, impeachment depends on the vague definition of "other high crimes and misdemeanors as established in the Constitution – not a relatively serious violation of law.
Trump's lawyers assert that the impeachment case was never about discovering the truth.
Instead, they believe it was a way for House Democrats to rig the 2020 election.
"Instead, House Democrats were determined from the outset to find some way – any way – to corrupt the extraordinary powder of impeachment to use as a political tool to overturn the result of the 2016 election and to interfere in the 2020 election," his legal team wrote.
"All of that is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn."
The impeachment case against the 45th US president accuses Trump of withholding aid from Ukraine while also requesting an investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden.
The case also accuses Trump of obstructing Congress by barring officials from his administration from testifying or providing documents in direct defiance of congressional subpoenas.
In a brief filed Saturday, House Democrats called Trump's conduct the "worst nightmare" of the framers of the Constitution.
"President Donald J. Trump used his official powers to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a United States election for his personal political gain," House prosecutors wrote.
They also accused Trump of attempting to "cover up his scheme" by trying to block Congress from investigating his misconduct.
But even if Trump did abuse his power by withholding military assistance from Ukraine, it wouldn't be impeachable because it doesn't violate a specific criminal statute, Trump's team claims.
They contended that the Constitution requires that senators agree "on the specific basis for conviction" and that's there's no way to guarantee that senators of both parties agree on which of Trump's actions qualify his removal from office.
Opening arguments are expected within days after a debate on Tuesday over rules, including whether witnesses will be called to stand trial.
On Monday, Trump vocalized his opposition to witnesses on Twitter.
"They didn't want John Bolton and others in the House," he tweeted.
"They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!"
The tweet refers to former national security advisor John Bolton, who has said he's willing to testify in the Senate if he's subpoenaed.
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