READ: Trump attorneys deny request for impeachment testimony

Attorneys for former President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Former GOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer resigns MORE on Thursday dismissed a request for him to testify under oath at his Senate impeachment trial next week.

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinCapitol Police watchdog paints damning picture of Jan. 6 failures The Hill's Morning Report - Biden officials brace for worst despite vaccine data Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing MORE (Md.), the Democrats’ lead impeachment manager, sent a letter to Trump earlier in the day making the formal request. Trump's attorneys Bruce Castor and David Schoen in their response dismiss the request as a "public relations stunt."

The Senate trial, which begins Monday, will consider the article of impeachment passed by the House that accuses Trump of inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.


"Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen," Trump's attorneys wrote in the letter. "The use of our Constitution to bring a purported impeachment proceeding is much too serious to try to play these games.”

Read the full letter from Trump's attorneys below.