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Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling Arguments on Impeachment

Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling  Arguments on Impeachment

WASHINGTON - The Democratic legislators leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump in the United States have said the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government.
In a brief filed ahead of a Saturday deadline, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president.
"The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation's security," the legislators said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.
"The case against the president of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable, and the evidence is overwhelming," they said.
Trump's defence lawyers, meanwhile, dismissed the impeachment trial as unconstitutional and called the charges 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," the team, led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, said in a six-page statement released on Saturday.
It was the first time Trump had formally addressed the merits of the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - that the Democratic-led House approved late last year. (Aljazeera)