The Washington Post reports:
Trump’s new defense lawyers filed a 14-page response to the House article of impeachment that denied that the former president incited the crowd at his rally on Jan. 6 to storm the Capitol and “engage in destructive behavior.”
The brief also disputed that Trump’s claims of voter fraud were false. “The 45th President exercised his First Amendment right under the Constitution to express his belief that the election results were suspect,” the brief states.
“Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th President’s statements were accurate or not, and he therefore denies they were false,” his lawyers added.
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Trump impeachment response has been released. It argues constitution “requires that a person actually hold office to be impeached” and that Trump was exercising his First Amendment right to question election results. pic.twitter.com/sc2U5r6Bed
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) February 2, 2021
Trump lawyers argue he has First Amendment right to say election results were ‘suspect’ in response to House article of impeachment https://t.co/iiAgyVQ54k
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 2, 2021
Also from the Trump anti-impeachment submission: “It is denied President Trump made any effort to subvert the certification of the results of the 2020 Presidential election.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 2, 2021