Impeachment Managers Invite Trump To Testify At Senate Trial
[guest post by Dana]
Earlier today, the House impeachment managers invited Trump to testify at his upcoming impeachment trial. I feel fairly confident that Trump is chomping at the bit to appear on his own behalf so that he can defend himself by declaring, for the thousandth time, that the election was stolen from him. However, wiser heads prevailed and his attorneys put the kibosh on it. After all, he would have had to testify under oath:
Former President Trump will not testify at his impeachment trial, Trump adviser Jason Miller told CNN.
“The president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding,” he said.
Miller has also tweeted a response from Trump’s lawyers to the request from Democratic impeachment managers that the former president testify.
“We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt,” Trump’s attorneys write to Rep. Jamie Raskin.
“The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games,” wrote Trump’s attorneys, Bruce Castor and David Schoen.
They also asserted that the impeachment managers’ request demonstrates that they “cannot prove the allegations against the former president, who is now a private citizen.”
I say let him testify! After all, he’s been CANCELED and has had ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to get his message out for at least a month, so let him testify because boy, oh boy, you know he’s got a bigly amount to say!
Hello.Dana (fd537d) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:21 pm
My emotional response: Former President Trump, everybody. More cowardly than Hillary Clinton.
The sensible part of me: I’m sure the lawyers have made the correct legal decision for their client, but I wish that instead of bloviating they had just said no.Nic (896fdf) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:37 pm
I know it was the smart move on their part, Nic, but a part of me would love to see Trump in the spotlight. I think it would be utterly fascinating to see him try to remember that he was under oath, blather about the stolen election, and turn bright red as he repeatedly denies that he had anything to do with what happened on Jan. 6. Cheap thrills…Dana (fd537d) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:41 pm
There is an entertaining aspect to the thought, to be sure.Nic (896fdf) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:47 pm
I want him to hold competing rallies, where he’s responds to impeachment hearing clips.whembly (15c62b) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:50 pm
After the Special Counsel experience, Jason Miller and others in Trump’s circle know that the worst thing that can happen is for the ex-president to testify.Paul Montagu (77c694) — 2/4/2021 @ 2:57 pm
Perhaps the best course of action for the impeachment managers is to keep on goading him, declaring that he’s a chicken and a coward for not taking the stand.
Less popular, too.Dave (1bb933) — 2/4/2021 @ 4:12 pm
It would be like a scene from Arrested Development.Hoi Polloi (139bf6) — 2/4/2021 @ 4:37 pm
Question for lawyers here.
Can they compel him to testify?
I know he won’t want to, if only because he’d hate the imagry of being forced to answer questions.Time123 (89dfb2) — 2/5/2021 @ 6:13 am