Donald Trump has made a return to social media to say allegations in opposition to him can’t be confirmed.
The former president used his account on Gab, an alternate platform to Twitter typically utilized by his right-wing followers, to launch a letter from his attorneys.
After being banned from Twitter and Facebook, he has been comparatively quiet on social media however has used Gab to proceed to declare the election was fraudulent.
In his first submit since 8 January, Mr Trump posted a reply to Congressman Jamie Raskin’s invite for the previous president to testify beneath oath at his impeachment trial for allegedly inciting insurrection which resulted within the Capitol riots.
His adviser, Jason Miller, first shared Mr Trump’s refusal to seem earlier this week however the former president’s submit to Gab was the primary time the complete letter had been seen publicly.
The letter from Mr Trump’s attorneys, Bruce Castor Jr and David Schoen, referred to as Mr Raskin’s letter his “latest public relations stunt”.
They added: “Your letter solely confirms what is thought to everybody: that you simply can’t show your allegations in opposition to the 45th president of the United States, who’s now a non-public citizen.
“The use of our constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”
Mr Raskin, lead House impeachment prosecutor, had mentioned in his letter that the House had authorized an article of impeachment in opposition to Mr Trump “for incitement of insurrection” and the Senate trial for the article of impeachment will start on 9 February.
He accused Mr Trump of making an attempt “to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offence”.
The Democrat requested Mr Trump’s testimony, “including cross-examination”, as early as 8 February and no later than 11 February.
He additionally mentioned presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton supplied testimony whereas in workplace, and as there isn’t any concern of distraction from official duties “we therefore anticipate your availability to testify”.
Mr Raskin mentioned if Mr Trump declined to testify Congress has the proper to “establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction) on January 6, 2021” – the day of the Capitol riots.