House impeachment managers want former President Donald Trump to put his money where his mouth his, inviting the Mar-a-Lago resident to testify at his own impeachment trial next week.
In a letter to the former president, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the lead House impeachment manager, offers Trump the opportunity to “provide testimony under oath” given that he has disputed “factual allegations” about his conduct leading to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection attempt and on the day of.
Trump spent the months before Jan. 6 stoking the myth that the election was stolen. His campaign to subvert the election culminated in a riot at the Capitol that left five dead.
On the day of the riot, Trump reportedly cheered on the attack. As rioters breached the Capitol, Trump tweeted that then-Vice President Mike Pence should have agreed to abrogate his constitutional duties and refused to confirm Biden’s victory.
Raskin writes that Trump would be subjected to “cross-examination” if he testified. Raskin offered any date between Feb. 8 and Feb. 11 for Trump to testify.
“Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton both provided testimony while in office – and the Supreme Court held just last year that you were not immune from legal process while serving as President – so there is no doubt that you can testify in these proceedings,” the letter reads.
“Indeed, whereas a sitting President might raise concerns about distraction from their official duties, that concern is obviously inapplicable here,” the letter reads.
“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,” the letter reads.
Read the letter here: