Trump lawyers misspelt 'United States' in their defence brief for Trump's impeachment trial

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Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC.
  • Trump's attorneys misspelt the name of the country in their latest impeachment defence brief.
  • They say "Unites States" instead of "United States."
  • The lawyers were hired just days ago after Trump's original impeachment team quit.
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Former President Donald Trump's impeachment lawyers misspelt the name of the country they were in Tuesday, filing a document that addressed "Members of the Unites States Senate."

The typo was at the top of a 14-page brief filed ahead of Trump's impeachment trial in the United States Senate. It argued that impeaching a former president would be unconstitutional, even though the Senate has previously impeached several public officials who left office.

The country is called the United States, not the Unites States.

Trump - who when he had a Twitter account frequently made bizarre spelling errors and had erratic capitalisation and punctuation errors - has been disdainful of typographical errors.

According to an Axios report, he said it was "very embarrassing" that Sidney Powell, the conspiratorial attorney who falsely alleged conspiracy theories to explain Trump's 2020 election loss, spelled "district" as "districct" and "distrcoict" in a lawsuit challenging the election results.

"That was very embarrassing. That shouldn't have happened," Trump said, according to Axios.

The attorneys who filed the brief on Trump's behalf, David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr., had only a short time to put together the document. Their hires were announced Saturday, shortly after everyone else on Trump's team quit.

Schoen and Castor argued in the brief that the Senate "lacks jurisdiction to remove from office a man who does not hold office," even though there is ample precedent for it doing exactly that. They also argued that Trump's conspiracy theories claiming that the 2020 election was rigged, which led to an insurrection and riot at the Capitol building that left five people dead, was not an impeachable offense.

The House of Representatives charged Trump in January with inciting an insurrection. On Tuesday, its impeachment managers filed their own brief, arguing against the notion that any president could get a free pass from Congress in the waning days of their presidency.

"There is no 'January Exception' to impeachment or any other provision of the Constitution," the impeachment managers' brief said. "A president must answer comprehensively for his conduct in office from his first day in office through his last."

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