Donald Trump: Expert discusses new impeachment trial lawyers
The former President’s office issued a statement condemning SAG for investigating his membership, blasting the union and claiming it had “done nothing for me”. The SAG represents around 160,000 American media personalities and staffers, and has represented Mr Trump since 1989.
In a furious letter decrying the labour union, Mr Trump touted his career in entertainment.
He said to SAG-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists President Gabrielle Cateris: “I write to you today regarding the so-called Disciplinary Committee hearing aimed at revoking my union membership. Who cares!
“While I’m not familiar with your work, I’m very proud of my work on movies such as Home Alone 2, Zoolander and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; and television shows including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Saturday Night Live, and of course, one of the most successful shows in television history, The Apprentice – to name just a few!
“I’ve also greatly helped the cable news television business, and created thousands of jobs at networks such as MSDNC and Fake News CNN, among many others.”
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Mr Trump continued by claiming the hearing was a “blatant attempt at free media attention”, and claimed the union has a “dismal record”.
He added: “This letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me.”
In response, the union issued a brief response and said: “Thank you.”
Ms Carteris issued a more detailed rebuttal, and cited the January 6 Washington riot from Trump supporters.
She alleged: “Donald Trump attacked the values that this union holds most sacred – democracy, truth, respect for our fellow Americans of all races and faiths, and the sanctity of the free press.
“There’s a straight line from his wanton disregard for the truth to the attacks on journalists perpetrated by his followers.”
SAG was expected to expel the former President following the disciplinary hearing over his role in the Capitol riot.
Mr Trump attended a Save America rally near the Capitol as Congress and Senate attempted to certify Joe Biden’s election win, and called for his supporters to “fight like hell” or “you’re not going to have a country anymore”.
Congress voted to impeach the former President for the second time on January 13 for “incitement of insurrection”.
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David Schoen and Bruce L Castor, Mr Trump’s impeachment lawyers, are claiming the President was exercising free speech protected under the Constitution at the rally, and also claim impeaching a President after their term is unconstitutional.
It comes after the President refused to testify in his Senate impeachment trial, also over his role in the January 6 riot.
Mr Trump has also not issued a statement on the impeachment trial.
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