LAWYERS for Donald Trump have slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her "sheer hypocrisy" and "perverting the truth", in a brief filed on the eve of the Senate impeachment trial.
They also claim Democrats seized the opportunity "to score
political points against Mr. Trump" in the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6.
Trump's legal team claim his political opponents have been "fixating on words and sentences taken out of context" and pushing a false narrative of the deadly insurrection.
The 75-page document attacks Pelosi for "adjusting the truth" and "quoting him out of context" in regards to his speech as President Biden's election win was being certified, which is key evidence in the trial.
The House of Representatives quickly hit back with a unrelenting response declaring that, "each and every allegation in the Article of Impeachment is true, and that any affirmative defenses and legal defenses set forth in the Answer are wholly without merit."
They vowed to hold Trump accountable for his "categorically unacceptable conduct" and "constitutional crimes committed" during his time in office.
Yet Trump's lawyers have accused Pelosi of "lying to the American people" and "shamefully fast and loose with the truth".
They claim she herself has used similar phrasings to Trump, such as the word "fight", in the context of election security.
The brief accuses the Democrat House Speaker of twisting Trump's words when she said the rioters were "sent here, sent here by the president, with words such as a cry to fight like hell.”
"Incredibly enough, her very next words were, 'Words matter. Truth matters. Accountability matters'," the brief states.
It censured the "utter weakness" of the impeachment charges and Pelosi's "attempt to usurp Constitutional power that is not in any way hers," after she called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Lawyers claim the impeachment charges are simply the result of Pelosi's "4-plus year quest to remove President Trump from office."
It also states that Vice-President Pence agreed that Pelosi was "hypocritical" for her request to invoke the 25th Amendment.
She had earlier commented that the legislation must be judged "on a medical decision" rather than "behaviour we don't like," according to the brief.
The president's legal team have even accused Democrats of glorifying violence because of their "fevered hatred of Citizen Trump" in his impeachment defense.
They cited Pelosi's 2018 comments on disagreeing with a policy: "I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be."
Their case claims that President Trump was merely exercising his First Amendment Rights when he disputed the election results, arguing that he explicitly encouraged his supporters to have a peaceful protest.
The trial will begin tomorrow with a debate and vote on whether it is constitutional to prosecute the former president, as he is no longer in office.
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