BREAKING: Trump Refuses To Testify Under Oath At His Impeachment Trial
Former president Donald Trump is refusing to testify under oath at his impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, according to a spokesman. Jason Miller made it official late Thursday afternoon by issuing a statement that ignores the fact that Trump no long is in office: “The president will not testify in an unconstitutional proceeding.”
Miller’s statement was released shortly after Trump’s legal defense team responded to a request by House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) for Trump to testify.
“We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt,” lawyers David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. said in a letter to Raskin. As you certainly know, there is no such thing as a negative interference in this unconstitutional proceeding. Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen. The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”
The Senate cannot compel Trump to testify. Instead the impeachment managers had attempted to pressure Trump into voluntarily testifying. “If you decline this invitation,” they wrote, “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.”
In his letter, 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.