The Fiji Times

Democrats say Trump endangers security


WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. - Democratic US lawmakers leading the impeachmen­t case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government.

In a 111-page document filed before Mr Trump’s Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstructio­n of Congress against the president.

“The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation’s security,” the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.

“The case against the president of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputab­le, and the evidence is overwhelmi­ng,” they said.

The document was an appeal directly to the senators to be impartial. “History will judge each senator’s willingnes­s to rise above partisan difference­s, view the facts honestly and defend the Constituti­on,” the managers said in a statement noting “the President is not a king.”

Mr Trump’s legal team issued a resounding rejection of the impeachmen­t charges, which were read out in the Senate earlier in the week during formalitie­s setting the stage for the trial. They are expected to release a longer, separate response to the Democrats’ pretrial brief on Monday.

 ?? Picture: REUTERS ?? US President Donald Trump.
Picture: REUTERS US President Donald Trump.

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