READ: Trump attorneys deny request for impeachment testimony

Attorneys for former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump State Department appointee arrested in connection with Capitol riot Intelligence community investigating links between lawmakers, Capitol rioters Michelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' MORE on Thursday dismissed a request for him to testify under oath at his Senate impeachment trial next week.

Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinDeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes Officer on Capitol riot: 'Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags' Considering impeachment's future 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.