Trump’s attorneys condemned the assault on the Capitol however stated Democrats had been pursuing impeachment out of partisan vengeance. They usually argued that making a former president stand trial would set up the precedent for any former official to be punished on the whim of the occasion in energy. “That is nothing lower than the political weaponization of the impeachment course of,” David Schoen, one of many former president’s attorneys, stated.
However the efficiency of Trump’s attorneys acquired principally dreadful critiques.
Trump himself was livid whereas watching the proceedings from Palm Seashore, Fla., my colleague Maggie Haberman reported. And a number of other of Trump’s Senate allies — together with Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham — criticized his attorneys’ case as ineffective.
Invoice Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, called the prosecutors’ case centered, organized and compelling. “President Trump’s group had been disorganized,” Cassidy added. “They did the whole lot they might however to speak concerning the query at hand, and once they talked about it, they type of glided over it, nearly as in the event that they had been embarrassed of their arguments.”
Carl Hulse, The Occasions’s chief Washington correspondent, famous that the Trump group’s technique had modified from his final impeachment. “I haven’t heard both of the president’s attorneys say he did nothing flawed,” Carl wrote. “It is a course of argument and the Trump group desires to avoid what occurred on Jan. 6 as a lot as doable.”
A conviction appears unlikely, largely as a result of many Republican senators worry upsetting the vast majority of Republican voters who nonetheless assist Trump. Solely six Republican senators voted yesterday with Democrats to proceed with the trial. The remaining agreed with Trump’s attorneys that the Senate couldn’t strive a former president. Cassidy was the one senator to vary his thoughts since an identical vote final month.
Nonetheless, the primary day didn’t go nicely for Trump’s group. Most Individuals imagine that he incited a violent mob to assault Congress and that he ought to by no means maintain workplace once more. His attorneys didn’t do a lot to vary that notion yesterday.
Developing at this time: The Home managers will begin making a more detailed case for convicting Trump, beginning round midday Japanese.