In an open letter, hundreds of Congressional officials called on Senators to convict former President Donald Trump for inciting the violent siege of the United States Capitol last month, arguing that failure to convict would set a terrible precedent for the rule of law.
“We are employees who work for members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, where it is an honor and a privilege to serve our country and our fellow Americans. We are writing this letter to share our own views and experiences, not the views of our employers, ”wrote more than 370 employees. “But on January 6, 2021, our workplace was attacked by a violent mob trying to stop the electoral college’s vote. This mob was instigated by former President Donald J. Trump and his political allies, some of whom we pass by in the hallways at work every day. “
“As members of Congress, we do not have a vote on whether to convict Donald J. Trump for his role in inciting the violent attack on the Capitol, but our senators do. And for us and the country we ask that you vote to condemn the former president and prevent him from ever taking office again, ”they continue.
You can read the full letter HERE.
In a legal letter released yesterday, Congress Democrats say Trump aimed a “loaded cannon” of his supporters at Congress when he sparked a violent riot that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer who later died of injuries.
“His behavior endangered the lives of every single member of Congress, endangered the peaceful transition of power and succession, and endangered our national security,” wrote the impeachment democratic managers. “This is exactly the kind of constitutional violation that justifies expulsion from the Federal Office.”
Trump’s legal team is expected to argue that the impeachment process is unconstitutional. David Schoen, one of Trump’s attorneys, confirmed in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will not use Trump’s claims of election fraud as part of his defense.
There is no evidence of widespread electoral fraud. Trump’s claims have been rejected by cybersecurity and intelligence experts, not to mention countless state officials and local volunteers who have confirmed the elections were both free and fair.
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