The head Democratic impeachment manager requested on Thursday that former President Donald Trump testify under oath next week at his own impeachment trial.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a staunch Trump ally, called the request for Trump’s testimony “a political ploy” by Democrats and suggested it was very unlikely the former would testify.
Last month, the House impeached Trump for a second time, charging him with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the violent riot by a pro-Trump mob in the U.S. Capitol that left several people dead and terrorized lawmakers as they sought to affirm President Joe Biden’s victory. The article also cites Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to overturn the state’s election results as part of his effort “to subvert and obstruct the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.”
In his letter Thursday, Raskin noted that former Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton “both provided testimony while in office” and cited a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that found that a president is not immune from criminal prosecution.NBC Impeachment manager requests Trump testify under oath at Senate trial