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Reply Memorandum of the United States House of Representatives in the Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump   [open pdf - 432KB]

From the Introduction: "President Trump's pre-trial brief confirms that he has no good defense of his incitement of an insurrection against the Nation he swore an oath to protect. Instead, he tries to shift the blame onto his supporters, and he invokes a set of flawed legal theories that would allow Presidents to incite violence and overturn the democratic process without fear of consequences. His brief--in which he refuses to accept responsibility for his actions--highlights the danger he continues to pose to the Nation he betrayed. To send a clear message to the Nation and to all future Presidents that efforts to undermine our democracy through violence will not be tolerated, the Senate should convict President Trump and disqualify him from ever holding office again. President Trump's constitutional offense is a matter of public record that cannot be seriously disputed. After spending months propagating the lie that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, President Trump summoned his supporters to a rally in Washington on January 6. He seized on that date--when Congress and the Vice President were to hold a Joint Session to count the Electoral College votes--as his last chance to overturn the election and install himself in the White House for a second term against the will of the majority of Americans."

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2021-02-09
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U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary: https://judiciary.house.gov/
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