Donald Trump has returned to social media after his online exile with a post on his Gab account.
The former president appeared to post a statement Thursday evening on the alternative site Gab.
The page, which has already amassed more than 1 million followers, posted its first update in weeks.
The account posted a statement from Trump’s office to Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin, signed by his lawyers.
The lawyers were responding to Democrats’ demand that he testify under oath in his upcoming impeachment trial.
In the statement, Trump’s lawyers said, “Your letter only confirms what everyone knows: You cannot prove your allegations against the 45th president of the United States, who is now a private citizen.”
Bruce Castor and David Schoen also slammed the request as “the latest PR stunt by the blues.”
The post received over 45,000 likes and 11,000 reposts.
Trump was recently banned from several media sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, after losing the 2020 election.
His Twitter account is still suspended, and his Facebook page has not been updated since Jan. 6.
The last update came on the day Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.
Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died during the fracas.
In his latest Facebook post, Trump urged his supporters to remain “peaceful” and to “refrain from violence.”
After the Capitol riot, the House of Representatives indicted Trump on one article – violating his oath of office “by inciting violence against the government of the United States.”
The indictment charges him for his role in the riot and also aims to preemptively refute defence claims that Trump’s words were protected by the First Amendment or those impeachment proceedings are unconstitutional or even unnecessary now that Trump has left office.
However, Trump’s lawyers have since filed their own brief pointing out that impeachment proceedings “require that a person actually is in office.”
Trump’s defence team also argued that the Senate has no jurisdiction to prevent him from holding public office in the future.
Ten Republicans in the House of Representatives joined Democrats in voting for impeachment.
At least 17 Republicans would have to join all 50 Democrats in the equally divided Senate for Trump to be convicted – a two-thirds majority that is unlikely to be reached.
Impeachment proceedings against Trump, the first U.S. president to face such proceedings twice, are expected to begin next week on Feb. 9.