Tuesday February 2
In their 80-page trial brief, nine Democrats argued Mr Trump pointed a mob “like a loaded cannon” toward the Capitol shortly before the deadly Jan 6 rampage.
Mr Trump’s 14-page response denied that he was responsible for the Capitol assault. The brief added that not only does the Senate lacks the authority to put Mr Trump on trial as a private citizen, but that the chamber also lacks the jurisdiction to prevent Mr Trump from holding office again.
One of Mr Trump’s lawyers Schoen, called the impeachment process “completely unconstitutional” in an interview with Fox News.
“I think it’s also the most ill-advised legislative action that I’ve seen in my lifetime,” Mr Schoen said.
“It is tearing the country apart at a time when we don’t need anything like that.”
Thursday February 4
The House impeachment managers asked former Mr Trump to provide testimony under oath about his conduct before the Capitol riot on Jan 6.
“In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021,” Democratic lawmaker Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, wrote in a letter to Mr Trump and his attorneys.
Mr Trump’s lawyers rejected the request, dismissing their invitation as a “public relations stunt”.