Donald Trump’s authorized workforce has filed its first formal response to impeachment costs in opposition to the president, calling them a “harmful assault on the correct of the American individuals to freely select their president”.

In a six-page doc filed earlier than opening statements are made on Tuesday within the president’s Senate trial, Mr Trump’s attorneys mentioned the 2 articles of impeachment – abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress – had been nothing greater than a partisan try and take away him from workplace.

“President Trump categorically and unequivocally denies every allegation in each articles of impeachment,” they mentioned.

“It is a brazen and illegal try and overturn the outcomes of the 2016 election and intrude with the 2020 election – now simply months away,” they added.

The response got here as Home Democrats, who’re main the impeachment case, additionally filed a doc of 111 pages, previewing the arguments they are going to use.

The managers, who will act as House prosecutors, walked across the hall to the Senate to read the impeachment articles out
Picture: Prosecutors walked throughout the corridor to the Senate when the trial formally started on Thursday

They accused the president of betraying public belief with behaviour that was “the worst nightmare” of the founding fathers and known as for him to be faraway from workplace to guard nationwide safety and protect the nation’s system of presidency.

“The Senate ought to convict and take away President Trump to keep away from critical and long-term harm to our democratic values and the nation’s safety,” they mentioned.

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“The case in opposition to the president of america is straightforward, the info are indeniable, and the proof is overwhelming,” they added.

Each paperwork are the primary of a number of filings anticipated within the coming days as senators put together to take their seats for the uncommon trial.

Mr Trump has been accused of abusing his energy by pressuring Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to launch an investigation into Hunter Biden, the son of the current’s political rival Joe Biden, over his time on the board of a Ukrainian oil firm.

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The Senate continues to be debating the bottom guidelines of the trial, notably the query of whether or not there will likely be new witnesses as recent proof emerges.

Regardless of the impeachment course of reaching the trial stage, Mr Trump will not be anticipated to be faraway from workplace.

The Democrats management the Home of Representatives, making it simple for proceedings to get this far, however the second chamber of the US authorities – the Senate – is managed by the Republicans.

They’ve 53 seats there in comparison with 47 for the Democrats, and it could take 51 votes to approve guidelines or name witnesses through the trial.

If 4 Republican senators joined with Democrats, they may insist on new proof.

Mr Trump’s trial is just the third in US presidential historical past and the second to be televised.