WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House impeachment managers filed their trial brief, laying out the case for convicting former President Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” The House managers — Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Stacey Plaskett (D-Puerto Rico), Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.) and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) — argue in the brief that the violent insurrection on Jan. 6 could not have occurred “without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc.”
The House mangers also explained why the Senate still has jurisdiction over a former president, writing that “Presidents do not get a free pass to commit high crimes and misdemeanors near the end of their term…Allowing Presidents to subvert elections without consequence would encourage the most dangerous of abuses.”
The impeachment trial is set to start in the Senate on Feb. 9. Trump’s response brief is also due today.