Trump defence urges dismissal of ‘absurd’ impeachment trial

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s legal team argued Monday on the eve of his impeachment trial that the case is constitutionally flawed and it was “absurd” to hold the former president responsible for the US Capitol riot. The House of Representatives impeached Trump for a historic second time last month over his role in inciting the deadly storming of Congress by his supporters, and his trial begins Tuesday with the Senate’s 100 members sitting as jurors. For only the fourth time ever an impeached American president is on trial, and two of these trials have involved Trump — a deeply damaged political…

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