The second impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump were opened on Tuesday. The Democratic impeachment managers initially argued against Trump. The arguments were well received and several Republican senators praised the performance.
Then came Donald Trump’s lawyers. Bruce Castor went first and was a total disaster. Trump’s ally Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax he had no idea what Castor was doing.
Lawyer David Schoen finished second and seemed a little more on the ball than Castor. Even so, Schön’s legal arguments were shaky and he came out angry.
Trump was in Florida watching the trial. According to the Daily Beast, he was angry about his lawyers’ performance.
Gabby Orr and Meredith McGraw write:
“Trump, cocooned on his Mar-a-Lago estate, watched his defense attorneys respond to an emotional presentation by the House’s impeachment executives with a series of dry, technical, and at times meandering arguments about the due process and constitutionality of the process . As they continued to roar, he grew increasingly frustrated at the sharp contrast between their muffled reaction and the prosecution’s opening salvo, according to two people familiar with his thinking. “
NEW: Trump was fuming with his impeachment defense today. Some advisers to his team said they quit watching out of frustration. https://t.co/ffLae6xWIp
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 9, 2021
The report continues: “Some people close to the president’s defense team said they stopped watching the proceedings out of sheer frustration with Castor’s presentation and were confused by his refusal to use graphics or video – tools that his TV-obsessed client was hoping for. ”
You can read the full report here
Last updated on Tue, February 9, 2021 by Todd Neikirk
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