WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House impeachment managers filed their response to former President Trump’s answer to the Article of Impeachment one day before trial is set to start in the Senate. The House managers denied “each and every allegation in the Answer that denies the acts, knowledge, intent, or wrongful conduct charged against President Trump.” The House managers stood by their impeachment article and again asserted that the latest impeachment is within the jurisdiction of the Senate.
Countering Trump’s argument that because he has left office he can no longer be impeached, the House managers wrote that “there is no ‘January Exception’ to the Constitution that allows Presidents to abuse power in their final days without accountability.” As for Trump’s reliance on the First Amendment to protect political speech, the brief called this defense “utterly baseless.”
The impeachment trial in the Senate starts tomorrow, Feb. 9, at 1:00 p.m. ET.