Trump's Legal Team Makes a Feeble Day One Showing

Mish

Day one of the Trump impeachment trial is over. Team Trump performed very poorly but it didn't matter.

GOP Senators Pan Performance of Trump Impeachment Team

Trump's legal team was so bad that GOP Senators Pan Performance.

In an afternoon session dedicated to the question of whether the trial was constitutional, Trump lawyer Bruce L. Castor Jr. had a rough start: He introduced himself as the “lead prosecutor,” before clarifying that he was Mr. Trump’s lead counsel and assuring senators: “I do understand the difference.”

In about 45 minutes of remarks, Mr. Castor veered from the fall of Rome and Greece to the trade-off between liberty and security, occasionally referencing his relationships with some senators while only briefly addressing the core questions of the case.

Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) said Mr. Castor “just rambled on and on and on and didn’t really address the constitutional argument.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) said he didn’t think Mr. Trump’s lawyers did “the most effective job.” 

“The [Democratic] House managers were focused, they were organized,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R., La.) told reporters. “President Trump’s team were disorganized. They did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand.”

“If I’m an impartial juror, and I’m trying to make a decision based upon the facts as presented on this issue, then the House managers did a much better job,” Mr. Cassidy said.

No Idea What They Were Doing

Alan Dershowitz, an attorney who defended former President Trump in his first impeachment trial, commented “There is no argument. I have no idea what Castor is doing."

Bill Cassidy Switches His Vote

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy switched his vote to saying the impeachment trial is legal. 

Murkowski Stunned

Murkowski was stunned but 44 idiots or liars were not.

6 Republican Senators voted Yes with all Democrats: Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Murkowski (AK), Romney (UT), Sasse (NE) & Toomey (PA). Leahy presiding announces: "Senate shall proceed with the trial."

Only 6 out of 50 Republican Senators agree to respect and obey the Constitution.

This was a very sad display by Senate Republicans.

Mish

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Sechel
Sechel

Marsha Blackburn probably missed it and was reading her book, which she famously did during the first impeachment trial

Sechel
Sechel

You know it really bombed when they are roasting Trump's lawyers, especially Castor on Right wing media. But in fairness, its a losing case, the best lawyers won't work for Trump and he fired the previous team giving Castor and Schoen under a week to prepare.

Sechel
Sechel

After Castor said his team switch opening lawyers and congratulated the house impeachment managers on a fantastic opening I thought he was going to ask to switch sides and say "i want to work with you guys"

Realist
Realist

I have not followed any of this impeachment (or the last one) as it appears pointless. Your article is my first look. Apparently, just more of the Trump clown show that we witnessed for the last 4 years. Why is it that many people who work for Trump, ramble on incoherently just like he does. More “dumbing down of America”.

njbr
njbr

Trump said he would “surround myself only with the best and most serious people” – adding: “We want top-of-the-line professionals.”

It continues on...

He hasn't picked up on the fact that only hacks and toadies are attracted to work for an unstable genius who requires constant coddling.

This is recommended reading for all regarding the last days in the bunker...

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

Kind of makes a mockery of the oath the senators have sworn......

Form of oath to be administered to the members of the Senate sitting in the trial of impeachments:
“I solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be,) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of , now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: so help me God”

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

OT....the dollar is at an interesting point this morning. Most of the gains of the last daily cycle have now been given back....the DXY is at 90.32 this morning.....a drop below the previous cycle low of 90.13 (made on Jan 21) will signal a broken cycle in the dollar...this portends more downside to come.

This is not expected.....the dollar will probably turn back up....we are definitely in the timing band where it should....but I’ll have to say that the dollar strength coming up out of the January low is pretty underwhelming.

I will buy metals if the dollar doesn’t hold above the previous low. Gold and silver are trying to spike this morning...but if the dollar reverses to the upside.... I’d expect gold and silver to fall.

Sechel
Sechel

I find it interesting that Dershowitz is always there on behalf of Trump yet when asked says he's not on any side and merely represents "the constitution". Clearly he's a surrogate and possibly an advisor

KidHorn
KidHorn

Is this how the democrats and Biden are going to bring the country back together? If so, it's an indication that we'll have god awful leadership for the next 4 years.

What's the point of this? It's like trying a dead person. The only explanation is the dems will do anything to smear Trump. I guess after 4 years, it's hard to stop.

Frilton Miedman
Frilton Miedman

An acquaintance tells you what you want to hear.
A good friend tells you what you don't want to hear.

In business, it's always good to listen to criticism, to look back on fails and learn from them.

Trump's model defies all the above, has spent a lifetime of ejecting good advice, surrounding himself with yes men.

For Trump, I could care less, the real problem is he's made himself a role model for millions, they then act accordingly.

This has been the source of real life stress for me recently, I'm absolutely sick of it.

frozeninthenorth
frozeninthenorth

At the end of the day, the GOP simply doesn't care. They know the Democrats don't have the vote. The more they make it insignificant the better for their side. At any rate, I am sure that OAN and Newsmax said that the GOP's presentation was convincing and better than what Lincoln would have said.

GOP for states right, until they are not. GOP originalists until they are not! The thing to understand is that this is two wasted weeks -- Trump will be acquitted, Biden loses two legislative weeks, no one is really paying attention, and those who need to pay attention don't care.

What is going to be interesting is to find out who the players were that ensure that the police and national guard were not able to deploy or were hampered in their efforts, who told the mob where the private offices of Senators were located? That was more than blind luck...there was a plan there

ToInfinityandBeyond
ToInfinityandBeyond

The biggest problem I see in letting Trumps behaviors go unpunished is that he will have succeeded in lowering the bar in terms of future presidential behavior. Let’s not forget he has spent the last 3 months screaming election fraud, pressuring elected officials to act illegally and winding up an angry crowd to go March on the senate. Shameful and most unpresidential.

Sechel
Sechel

Three acts

Dec 29:
Proud Boys announce coming to 1/6 events

Dec 31:
Oath Keepers announce coming to 1/6 events

Jan 1:
Trump responds to rally organizer tweet saying "The calvary[sic] is coming, Mr. President! January 6th” Trump tweets, "A great honor!"

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

There is no defense for this. It was all there for everyone to see. The people in the Senate and House who didn't vote to impeach or convict should themselves be removed from office. Their workplace was attacked and initiated by Trump. I predict criminal state and federal charges on Trump and his family when all is said and done. Public prosecutors at DoJ and state level aren't going to let this go and shouldn't.


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