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DJ House Impeachment Managers Ask Trump to Testify

· 02/04/2021 13:52
By Siobhan Hughes

WASHINGTON -- House impeachment managers asked former President Donald Trump to testify next week as part of the Senate trial, where he is facing charges that he incited an insurrection last month at the U.S. Capitol.

"Two days ago you filed an answer in which you denied many factual allegations set forth in the article of impeachment," wrote Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.) in a letter. "You have thus attempted to put critical facts at issue notwithstanding the clear and overwhelming evidence of your constitutional offense."

Lawyers for Mr. Trump didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The managers said they wanted Mr. Trump to provide testimony as early as Monday, Feb. 8, and as late as Thursday, Feb. 11. The trial kicks off in earnest on Feb. 9. The managers said any testimony would include cross-examination.

The request clarifies what had been one of the central mysteries involving the trial: whether witnesses would be requested. It is unclear whether the Senate would permit such testimony, even if Mr. Trump agrees to offer it. The Senate still hasn't devised rules covering the impeachment trial, leaving outstanding critical details such as its duration and whether anyone would testify either in person or through a deposition.

Any testimony by Mr. Trump would be a blockbuster event, but also could carry risks for the former president.

--Rebecca Ballhaus contributed to this article.

Write to Siobhan Hughes at siobhan.hughes@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 04, 2021 13:52 ET (18:52 GMT)

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