Trump’s legal team demands immediate acquittal Jan 21, 2020 0 338 12345 AFPWashingtonPresident Donald Trump’s lawyers submitted a trial brief on Monday calling his impeachment by the House “a dangerous perversion” of the US constitution and demanding his immediate acquittal by the Senate.Almost simultaneously, House impeachment managers responded to an earlier Trump filing, saying the president engaged in “corrupt conduct... to cheat in the next election.” They said the Senate should remove him from office “following a fair trial.” The historic impeachment trial is set to open in earnest at 1 pm (1800 GMT) Tuesday. Senators will hear arguments for six hours a day, six days a week in a somber exercise presided over by the chief justice of the United States, John Roberts.The president’s brief Monon day, which ran to over 100 pages, made clear that his legal team will contest the very idea of his impeachment, calling the two articles of impeachment forwarded by the House “constitutionally deficient on their face.” It said the theories underpinning them “would do lasting damage to the separation of powers under the Constitution and to our structure of government.” It maintained that the articles are “the product of an unprecedented and unconstitutional process that denied the president every basic right” to represent his cause. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano ‘recharges’ Jan 21, 2020 0 898 China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads Jan 21, 2020 0 516 Putin submits reform plans to Russian parliament Jan 21, 2020 0 332 State of emergency amid fears of violence at Virginia pro-gun rally AFP Richmond, United States Several thousand gun rights supporters massed near the Virginia state capitol on Monday for a rally under heavy surveillance and a state of emergency declared by authorities fearing .. Outcry in Pakistan as lawyers’ group asks members to declare faith Islamabad: A lawyers’ association in Pakistan has triggered criticism by asking its Muslim members to submit a certificate of faith declaring belief in the finality of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The move by the .. Indian Christians protest against new citizenship law Kolkata: More than 8,000 people from the Christian community took to the streets in eastern India on Monday to protest against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. One of the protest .. British PM suffers first defeat since election after losing vote on post-Brexit citizens rights AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since the election when peers voted to give EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay after Brexit. Members of the ..