This Saturday morning, President Donald Trump’s lawyers began their attempted defense of their boss for his Senate impeachment trial. Team members like White House Counsel Pat Cipollone promptly launched into desperate broadsides against Democrats, who he baselessly accused of trying to meddle in the upcoming presidential election via daring to try and hold the president accountable. In a public statement posted to Twitter following the initial couple of hours of arguments from Trump’s team, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) blasted the Trump defenders as simply trying to avoid the actual facts of what the president did.
‘After listening to the President’s lawyers opening arguments, I have three observations: They don’t contest the facts of Trump’s scheme. They’re trying to deflect, distract from, and distort the truth. And they are continuing to cover it up by blocking documents and witnesses.’
After listening to the President’s lawyers opening arguments, I have three observations:
They don’t contest the facts of Trump’s scheme.
They’re trying to deflect, distract from, and distort the truth.
And they are continuing to cover it up by blocking documents and witnesses.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 25, 2020
Indeed — Cipollone’s argument about Dems supposedly meddling in presidential elections via their impeachment proceedings is an apparent desperate smoke and mirrors attempt. What about the negative effects that would have piled up if the president had been allowed to follow through with his plot to bribe Ukraine into investigating the Bidens? The facts are that Trump carried out that scheme — his defenders just say that it’s okay and nothing to be concerned about!
As Cipollone put it, discussing the president’s team’s perspective:
‘In fact, we believe that when you hear the facts… you will find that the president did absolutely nothing wrong.’
Not that he didn’t do what he’s been accused of, but that it supposedly was not wrong.
At a press conference right after the opening arguments from the president’s team concluded, Schiff suggested their behavior was, quite simply, explainable by the fact that they know Trump is guilty of what he’s been accused of.
‘They don’t want to talk about the conditioning of military aid; they don’t want to talk about the solicitation of foreign interference. They just want to attack the House managers. That’s what you do — and as a prosecutor I’ve seen it time and time again — when your client is guilty.’
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