“The Article of Impeachment presented by the House is unconstitutional for a variety of reasons, any of which alone would be grounds for immediate dismissal,” the Trial Memo for former President Donald J. Trump says. “Taken together, they demonstrate conclusively that indulging House Democrats’ hunger for this political theater is a danger to our Republic democracy and the rights that we hold dear.”
The trial memo, authored by Bruce Castor, David Schoen, and Michael van der Veen, is clear and is aligned with what many Constitutional scholars insist.
“It is important to read the speech in its entirety, because the House Managers played shamefully fast and loose with the truth as they cherry-picked its content along with content from other speeches made to other audiences for their Trial Memorandum, desperately searching for incitement and desperate to deflect attention away from the glaring inability to show an insurrection,” the defense memo states.
President Trump’s attorneys also revealed that impeachment hungry Democrats have used the same words as the ones in question from Trump’s January 6, 2021 speech. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), used the word “fight” in reference to election security, and former Senate candidate Stacy Abrams, whose election integrity political action committee is named Fair Fight.
The trial memo also challenges the quality of the evidence presented in the impeachment managers’ brief, pointing out that all but three of the 170 footnotes in the Statement of Facts cite media reports and that nearly half of the brief largely rehashes news reports.
Starting today, there will be four hours of debate deciding if the trial should be dismissed. In January, 45 Republican senators voted to reject holding the impeachment trial, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Ten RINOs sided with Democrats.
Each side will then get 16 hours to present their cases starting at noon on Feb. 10, followed by four hours for senators to question both sides. Should witnesses or documents be subpoenaed, more time may be allotted. The impeachment manager and Trump’s defense team will get four hours for closing arguments.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday that raising the minimum wage to $15 hour would put 1.4 million Americans out of work by 2025, while increasing budget deficits by $54 billion over 10 years.