The lawyer of incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, denied that he would represent the American leader in the impeachment case.
“Because I gave a speech (at the January 6 rally before the Capitol riots began – ed.), I am a witness and thus cannot participate in a trial or in the Senate chamber,” Giuliani told ABC News.
The day before, Giuliani said he was part of Trump’s defense team in the impeachment case. He said the defense will argue that the president’s allegations of election fraud do not constitute an incitement to violence.
On January 6, a joint session of the U.S. congressional chambers to approve the results of the November presidential election was interrupted by riots in which Donald Trump supporters stormed the government building complex on the Capitol.
Four protesters and one police officer were killed in the attempted storming of Congress. More than 160 cases have been filed over the riots.
Nevertheless, late last night, lawmakers officially approved the election of Biden as the 46th president of the United States, with the Democrat receiving more than 270 congressionally approved electoral votes.
Claiming a “stolen victory,” Trump condemned the violence at the Capitol days after the pogroms, refused to attend Biden’s inauguration, but guaranteed a peaceful transfer of power.
On January 13th, the House of Representatives of Congress voted to pass a resolution of impeachment against Trump; the Senate will consider it after Biden is sworn in.