The House impeachment managers spent a lot of the opening session making an attempt to undercut a key argument of former President Donald J. Trump’s legal professionals: That the trial itself is unconstitutional.
Democrats asserted early (that a) president could be tried for offenses dedicated in office, even when they’re now not serving. That energy, they stated, is important to carry presidents accountable for wrongdoing of their closing weeks and to keep away from avoiding duty with a resignation.
Most authorized students, together with some main conservatives, agree (that a) former president could be tried by the Senate even after leaving office — a degree Democrats seized upon throughout their remarks. Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado famous that Brian Kalt, a authorized scholar cited repeatedly by Mr. Trump’s legal professionals, publicly disputed their portrayal of his legislation journal article on the subject of making an attempt former officers.
“They misrepresent what I wrote quite badly,” tweeted Mr. Kalt, a legislation professor at Michigan State University. “My article presented all of the evidence I found on both sides, so there was lots for them to use fairly. They didn’t have to be disingenuous and misleading like this.”