NewsThud.com——————- By Paul Goldberg —————- Tues., Feb.09, 2021
Democrats are throwing the Constitution out the window and have threatened to punish President Trump for exercising his rights.
Democrats have doubled down that they intend to punish Trump for not testifying at the impeachment trial in the Senate.
In a filing responding tot Trump’s lawyer’s 75 page trial memorandum the House impeachment managers wrote:
[T]he House has invited President Trump to voluntarily testify under oath, yet President Trump immediately rejected that opportunity to tell his story.
The House will establish at trial that this decision to avoid testifying supports a strong adverse inference regarding President Trump’s actions (and inaction) on January 6.
Democrats were responding to Trump’s lawyers’ pointing out that Democrats ignored procedural conventions surrounding impeachment in the House, and denied Trump his due process.
The Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution is very clear and states that “No person … shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
The impeachment trial is not a criminal case; however, most legal scholars agree that the same principles in a criminal trial should apply to any type of impeachment trial.
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley wrote that Raskin is threatening to overturn centuries of progress that have established a defendant has the right not to testify against himself or herself…
Let’s call this what it is, the Democrats are trying to pressure Trump to testify so they can claim he lied during testimony, then refer him to the DOJ to criminally charge him under oath.
President Trump isn’t going to fall for that.