Trump lawyers present defence for ‘unconstitutional’ impeachment


US President Donald Trump’s legal team has presented its line of defence for his upcoming impeachment trial, a process they dismissed as unconstitutional and dangerous.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be lead lawyer, backed by Mr Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow.

They will be joined by Ken Starr, who was at the centre of Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s, and celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

In an initial response to the president being charged, written by Mr Cipollone and Mr Sekulow, the defence said that the articles of impeachment – passed by the majority-Democrat House of Representatives – “are 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 said in a statement.

“The articles of impeachment are constitutionally invalid on their face. They fail to allege any crime or violation of law whatsoever,” the defence team said.

-Noah Harte