BREAKING: House Impeachment Managers Ask Trump To Testify
The House of Representatives managers of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial officially requested on Thursday that the former president appear to testify under oath about his involvement in events that led to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), lead impeachment manager, sent a letter to Trump’s lawyers that reads, in part, “We would propose that you provide your testimony (of course including cross-examination) as early as Monday, February 8, 2021, and not later than Thursday, February 11, 2021. We would be pleased to arrange such testimony at a mutually convenient time and place.”
The request for Trump to testify likely was triggered after the former president’s legal team submitted its response to the article of impeachment two days ago. In that response, they disputed many of the factual allegations in the House managers’ case.
For Trump, testifying under oath has proven to be problematic in the past. The man who once claimed he had one of the best memories in the world repeatedly “couldn’t recall” when asked about details of real estate deals that were the subject of civil litigation.
Raskin’s letter warns, “If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021.” Raskin requested a response by Friday at 5:00 p.m.
In the letter, Raskin pointed out that former presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton had both testified to Congress while in office, “so there is no doubt that you can testify in these proceedings.” Raskin also pointed out that since Trump is no longer in office, and since the Supreme Court has already ruled that the president is not immune to legal proceedings for decisions he made during his tenure in office, he has no excuse to decline.
“We therefore anticipate your availability to testify,” Raskin wrote.