Washington, D.C. – Today, Lead Impeachment Manager Jamie Raskin issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's refusal to testify under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial: 

"Today, we offered President Trump the opportunity to testify about the events of January 6 and he refused to do so. Despite his lawyers’ rhetoric, any official accused of inciting armed violence against the government of the United States should welcome the chance to testify openly and honestly—that is, if the official had a defense. We will prove at trial that President Trump’s conduct was indefensible. His immediate refusal to testify speaks volumes and plainly establishes an adverse inference supporting his guilt."