QT-Online / Saturday, January 18, 2020 / Categories: Top News Trump impeachment: Legal team says charges ’brazen and unlawful’ US President Donald Trump's legal team has issued its first formal response to the impeachment charges against him, describing them as a "dangerous attack" on democracy. The document said the impeachment articles failed to allege any crime and were a "brazen" attempt to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections. The response came as the Democrats filed their brief for the proceedings. Opening statements in the trial will begin next week. Mr Trump is the third US president in history to face an impeachment trial. He is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He has denied wrongdoing and branded the case against him as a "hoax". The House, controlled by opposition Democrats, impeached the president last month. The Senate, controlled by Mr Trump's Republican Party, will decide whether to convict and remove him from office. In their brief filed earlier on Saturday, House Democrats laid out their arguments for why Mr Trump should be removed from office. They said the president had "abandoned his oath to faithfully execute the laws and betrayed his public trust", and called his conduct the "worst nightmare" of the country's founding fathers. The six-page response outlines the defence the president's legal team expects to use in the upcoming impeachment trial. The team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Mr Trump's personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, said they were challenging the impeachment on both procedural and constitutional grounds, claiming that the president did nothing wrong and had not been treated fairly. Their filing said the articles of impeachment submitted by House Democrats were a "dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president." "This is a brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election, now just months away," it added. Mr Trump and his legal team said the impeachment charges failed to allege "any crime or violation of law" and were "the result of a lawless process that violated basic due process and fundamental fairness". The lawyers said Mr Trump "categorically and unequivocally" denies all allegations. The filing on Saturday came a day after Mr Trump finalised his defence team, which includes special prosecutors from former President Bill Clinton's impeachment. Previous Article China reports 17 new cases of mystery virus Next Article McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon Print 900 Rate this article: No rating Please login or register to post comments.