Former President Donald Trump has returned to social media with a post on Gab after he and his campaign presence were removed by Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, among others.
Trump shared a letter from his office to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin. It reads: “Dear Congressman Raskin:
“We are in receipt of your latest public relations stunt. As you certainly know, there is no such thing as a negative inference in this unconstitutional proceeding.
“Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen.
“The use of our constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”
The letter was signed by Trump’s attorneys Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen. They were responding to requests from Mr. Raskin that the former US president appear before or during the trial.
Mr.Raskin responded with a letter of his own. It reads: “Dear President Trump, As you are aware, the United States House of Representatives has approved an article of impeachment against you for incitement of insurrection.
See H.Res. 24. The Senate trial for this article of impeachment will begin on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. See S. Res. 16.
“Two days ago, you filed an Answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment. You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense.
“In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021.”
He further wrote: “If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021.
“I would request that you respond to this letter by no later than Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5pm. I look forward to your response and to your testimony.”
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