President Trump speaks out as team lays out legal strategy

In a six page letter Trump’s team blasted the impeachment effort as legally invalid and called it “a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president.”
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be in D.C. We begin with the latest on the trial for senate trump. Ahead of tomorrow's kickoff, is likely to be an all-out fight. Our senior white house correspondent Cecilia Vega tracking the latest. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: George, good morning to you. We are just one day away now in history for only the third impeachment trial in history we still don't know what this trial is going to look like. One thing is very clear this morning. President trump is bracing for the political fight of his life. Overnight in Texas, president trump lamenting his current fate. We're achieving what no administration has ever achieved before, and what do I get out of it? Tell me. I get impeached. Reporter: Now this morning, his team previewing for the first time their legal strategy ahead of his trial in the senate. A six-page letter blasting the impeachment as dangerous, poisonous, brazen and lawless. Their main argument, they say the articles of impeachment are constitutionally and legally invalid because they do not accuse president trump of a specific crime, and they call the imimpeachment, quote, a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president. His new legal team, a cast of Washington who's who and TV personalities, including former independent counsel Ken Starr and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz who seemed to distance himself from the defense of the president. They say it's very clear the president did nothing wrong, and you're not willing to endorse that statement? I did not read that brief or sign that brief. That's not part of my mandate. My mandate is to present the constitutional argument, and if the constitutional argument succeeds, we don't reach that issue because you can't charge a president with impeachable conduct if it doesn't fit within the criteria for the constitution. Reporter: Democrats revealing their strategy too saying that during the infamous phone call with Ukraine, trump asked a foreign government to interfere in the race for 2020 by investigating his political rival. They say he then obstructed coming in what is, quote, part of the ongoing pattern of misconduct for which the president is unrepentant, and that president trump's conduct is the framers' worst nightmare writing, he must be removed from office. The facts aren't seriously contested. Reporter: Well, here's the the odds are not in Democrats' favor, and the republican-controlled senate, they need four Republicans to break ranks. You know this. The Republicans have made it very clear they want this trial over very quickly, and they want it wrapped up on February 4th. That's what we're hearing from Republican senators who have talked to Mitch Mcconnell about the rules, and the Democrats haven't seen the rules yet which means tomorrow will be a huge fight. Reporter: Yeah. We are heading into tomorrow not knowing a lot. We don't know whether there will be new witnesses allowed. The Democrats are pushing really hard for this given the new evidence that has come out in these recent days. Some are suggesting we could be talking about, George, 12-hour days that go until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and tomorrow as you said, this could be very heavy on process, very light on substance. A lot of arguing about the rules to come. And on a related front, Cecilia, yesterday, when I was talking to chairman Adam Schiff who is manager, and also the chairman of the intelligence committee, he said the intelligence community is not coming forward to brief the public and the congress on global security threats because they're afraid of contradicting president trump. Reporter: Exactly. It was a stunning admission. He's blaming the CIA and the national security agencies saying they're withholding information about Ukraine as you said, out of the fear of angering the president. This is information they could use or need to hear during the trial, and the Republicans are saying the Democrats are saying they don't have the proof. I'll be anchoring with our entire political and legal team starting at 1:00 eastern.

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