Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters "like a loaded cannon" at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently barred from office. Many say they think Congress should move on and question the constitutionality of an impeachment trial - Trump's second - now that he has left office. That means 10 Republicans would need to join the chamber's Democrats in supporting the measure.
Trump had wanted the lawyers to continue his baseless claims of mass election fraud rather than focus on the legality of convicting a president after he has left office, CNN said, adding that he was "not receptive" to discussion.
Donald Trump must be convicted because he is "personally responsible" for the riot at the US Capitol, House Democrats have said.
And House Republican Caucus Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) simply said that "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution".
The Democratic-led House impeached Trump on January 13 on a single charge of inciting insurrection with his speech to supporters before the attack.
Schoen, a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, and Bruce Castor, a former county prosecutor in Pennsylvania, were announced as Trump's legal team on Sunday evening, one day after it was revealed that the former president had parted ways with another set of attorneys in what one person described as a mutual decision. Trump's term ended on January 20, when US President Joe Biden was sworn in.
Trump is due to file a response to the impeachment charge on Tuesday but replaced his lead legal counsel over the weekend.
Just a little over a week before he is to file briefs in the case, he abruptly parted ways with most of his legal team, a group of respected lawyers from SC led by a former prosecutor named Butch Bowers. "So I would hope that they would not go down that road", Mr Portman said.
"It is one thing for an official to pursue legal processes for contesting election results", the House managers wrote.
The trial in the Senate will begin next week. But it could clear the way for a vote to prevent him from holding public office in the future.
The trial begins in the Senate on February 9.
The argument was a central theme of Trump's response to the impeachment article on Tuesday, with Castor and Schoen writing that because Trump is a private citizen, "the Senate has no jurisdiction over his ability to hold office" and "the present proceedings are moot".
Central to the House's argument is that Trump's public statements and actions threatened American democracy at its core in a way that the US has never seen in modern times.
During his January 6 speech, Mr Trump repeated false claims that the election was fraudulent and exhorted supporters to march on the Capitol, telling them to "stop the steal", "show strength" and "fight like hell".
Trump's first impeachment trial, on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress arising from his request that Ukraine investigate Biden and his son Hunter, ended past year in acquittal by the then-Republican-led Senate. But they are not expected to win enough Republican votes to secure Trump's conviction. And it was not entirely unlikely that Trump just would not bother to put up a case at all, allowing McConnell and his other henchmen in the Senate to make his argument for him and call it a day.