The trial of the former president for “incitement to insurgency” is due to begin on February 9.
Lelected and Democratic attorney Jamie Raskin on Thursday asked Donald Trump to “testify under oath” about “his conduct on January 6”, the day of the attack on Capitol Hill by his supporters which earned him a trial before the Senate.
“We propose that your testimony, which will of course include cross-examination, take place between Monday 8 and Thursday 11 February,” the member of the House of Representatives wrote to him. “We will be happy to organize it at a time and place that suits everyone.”
“If you decline this invitation, we reserve all rights, including the right to argue at trial that your refusal to testify weighs heavily against you,” Raskin added.
The trial of the former Republican president for “incitement to insurgency” is due to begin on February 9. He is accused of having encouraged his supporters to launch an assault on the Capitol when his elected officials certify the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Just before the attack, he spoke to a crowd of protesters gathered in Washington to protest his defeat. “You will never take back our country by being weak. You have to show strength, ”he told them.
A week later, Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached a second time by the Democrat-controlled House.
He had already been sent to trial at the end of 2019 for asking Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son. He had not testified at this first trial and was quickly acquitted by a Senate with a Republican majority.
Even though Democrats have since regained control of the upper house, it will be difficult for them to rally enough Republicans to meet the threshold of 67 out of 100 senators needed for a guilty verdict.