Donald Trump got some bad news on the first day of the Senate’s second impeachment trial.
It came from an unexpected source.
And Donald Trump was red with rage when he found out about this Republican impeachment betrayal.
On day one of the Senate impeachment trial, even Trump’s allies were upset at the performance by his attorneys Doug Schoen and Bruce Castor.
Tucker Carlson reported people told him they were “not good.”
Trump ally Alan Dershowitz attacked their meandering and unfocused presentation.
Castor and Schoen’s presentation was so poorly received that Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy switched his vote to dismiss the trial on the grounds it was unconstitutional allowing the trial to proceed.
Cassidy said he changed his vote on the basis of the presentations made by both sides and found Trump’s lawyers did not represent their client well.
“The House managers were focused. They were organized. They relied upon both precedent, the Constitution and legal scholars. They made a compelling argument. President Trump’s team were disorganized. They did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand,” Cassidy stated. “And when they talked about it, they kind of glided over, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments.”
“If I’m an impartial juror and one side is doing a great job and the other job is doing a terrible job on the issue at hand? As an impartial juror, I’m going to vote for the side that did the good job,” Cassidy added.
Cassidy’s reversal raises the possibility that six and not five Republican senators will vote to convict Trump.
Maine RINO Susan Collins—who is thought to be one of the Republican senators ready to vote to convict—also criticized Schoen and Castor.
“I thought the first attorney for the president today did not present a case, which surprised me. Did not make any arguments,” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who also voted to uphold the constitutionality of the trial. “The second attorney representing the president clearly did, and did a competent job. I’m puzzled by the presentation of the first attorney.”
Texas Senator John Cornyn panned the overall performance, but acknowledged that eventually the lawyers made the case that this trial is unconstitutional.
“Not one of the finest I’ve seen,” Senator Cornyn began.
“The first lawyer, just rambled on and on and on and didn’t really address the constitutional argument,” Senator Cornyn added. “Finally the second lawyer got around to it.”
But despite Castor and Schoen’s subpar presentation it did not change the dynamic of the trial where 44 Republican senators appeared ready to acquit Trump and end this partisan farce.
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