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Trump’s Official Answer To Democrats’ Articles Of Impeachment

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President Trump has submitted a forceful official response to what he called the Democrats’ “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.” In the response President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies every claim House Democrats have manufactured within their articles of impeachment.

President Trump’s legal team then effectively rebutted the charges in the Democrats’ first Article of Impeachment, saying it fails on the facts because President Trump has not in any way “abused the powers of the Presidency.”

The response states that at all times, the President has faithfully and effectively executed the duties of his office on behalf of the American people. The President’s actions on the July 25, 2019, telephone call with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as on the earlier April 21, 2019, telephone call, and in all surrounding and related events, were constitutional, perfectly legal, completely appropriate, and taken in furtherance of our national interest.

Not only does the evidence collected by House Democrats refute each and every one of the factual predicates underlying the first Article, the transcripts of the April 21 call and the July 25 call disprove what the Article alleges.

The President’s legal team also reminded Senators that when the House Democrats realized this, Mr. Schiff created a fraudulent version of the July 25 call and read it to the American people at a congressional hearing, without disclosing that he was simply making it all up.

The fact that Mr. Schiff felt the need to fabricate a false version of the July 25 call proves that he and his colleagues knew there was absolutely nothing wrong with that call.

Despite the fact that House Democrats ran an entirely illegitimate and one-sided process, the President’s lawyers noted several simple facts were established that prove the President did nothing wrong:

First, the transcripts of both the April 21 call and the July 25 call make absolutely clear that the President did nothing wrong.

Second, President Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials have repeatedly confirmed that the call was “good” and “normal,” that there was no quid pro quo, and that no one pressured them on anything.

Third, the two individuals who have stated for the record that they spoke to the President about the subject actually exonerate him.

Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland stated that when he asked the President what he wanted from Ukraine, the President said: “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo.”
Senator Ron Johnson reported that, when he asked the President whether there was any connection between security assistance and investigations, the President responded: “No way. I would never do that.”
House Democrats ignore these facts and instead rely entirely on assumptions, presumptions, and speculation from witnesses with no first-hand knowledge. Their accusations are founded exclusively on inherently unreliable hearsay that would never be accepted in any court in our country.

Fourth, the bilateral presidential meeting took place in the ordinary course, and the security assistance was sent, all without the Ukrainian government announcing any investigations.

President Trump’s lawyers also attacked the second article of impeachment by asserting that not only did it fail to state an impeachable offense, it stated no crime at all.

The second article rests upon the failure of the President to cooperate with the congressional investigation of the hold on the security assistance to Ukraine, including failing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

However, as the response notes, the Trump Administration replied appropriately to these subpoenas and identified their constitutional defects. Tellingly, House Democrats did not seek to enforce these constitutionally defective subpoenas in court. To the contrary, when one subpoena recipient sought a declaratory judgment as to the validity of the subpoena he had received, House Democrats quickly withdrew the subpoena to prevent the court from issuing a ruling.

The House may not usurp Executive Branch authority and may not bypass our Constitution's system of checks and balances. Asserting valid constitutional privileges and immunities cannot be an

impeachable offense. The second Article is therefore invalid and must be rejected said President Trump’s attorneys.

In conclusion, said the President’s legal team, this entire process is nothing more than a dangerous attack on the American people themselves and their fundamental right to vote. In order to preserve our constitutional structure of government, to reject the poisonous partisanship that the Framers warned against, to ensure one-party political impeachment vendettas do not become the “new normal,” and to vindicate the will of the American people, the Senate must reject both Articles of Impeachment.

House Democrats’ impeachment articles are constitutionally invalid and the result of a lawless process devoid of even the most basic due process. The toll-free Capitol Switchboard number (1-866-220-0044), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators to demand that the Senate expeditiously hear and reject the Democrats’ anti-constitutional attempt to impeach President Trump.

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