Trump news: Impeachment defence lawyer says ‘idiotic’ to mention election as Gaetz offers to join case

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Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, right, has laid out Democrats’ impeachment case against Donald Trump. (Getty Images)
Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin, right, has laid out Democrats’ impeachment case against Donald Trump. (Getty Images)

House Democrats have laid out their impeachment case against Donald Trump in a comprehensive memorandum accusing him of inciting the failed insurrection at the US Capitol on 6 January that left five people dead.

The 80-page document provides a roadmap for their prosecution of the former president when his Senate impeachment trial kicks off on 9 February. “If provoking an insurrectionary riot against a Joint Session of Congress after losing an election is not an impeachable offence, it is hard to imagine what would be,” they argue.

As Mr Trump’s lawyers issued their own 14-page, typo-riddled response objecting to the trial as “unconstitutional”, more than 370 congressional aides signed a letter calling on senators to convict the ex-president for placing them in harm’s way.

Mr Trump’s lead impeachment attorney meanwhile says that it would be “idiotic” and “insane” to dispute the result of the 2020 election as part of their defence strategy.

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