[ Editor’s Note: It appears that the impeachment trial strategy session with Trump and his lawyers had them heading out the door. The main reason appears to be Trump’s demand that his defense be focused on the election being stolen from him.
CNN’s expert feels the legal team did not want to make fools of themselves by risking their law licenses for submitting false testimony knowingly, a detail that Mr. Trump has never concerned himself over.
My feeling is that Trump feels his worst case scenario is losing control over his base, and thus The Steal frenzy is his political lifeboat, if not for running for office if convicted, but keeping control of the Republican party with his Trumptard army not only as a voting block, but a violent one to intimidate the non-Trumptard wing.
It is also posed that if Trump does not feasibly have time for new lawyers to prepare for the written brief deadline, he could fall back on a defense that impeaching him after leaving office is unconstitutional, as the Senate Republicans have already voted such, and that would save himself a lot in legal fees.
So the Trump circus continues, as does the evidence gathering on the preplanning for the insurrection coup, which the Senate proscecutors can use. If, as McConnell said last week that the impeachment trial is a political ruling, that still leaves the door open for Trump and team to face criminal prosecution by a Biden DoJ… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … January 31, 2021
Former President Donald Trump’s five impeachment defense attorneys have left a little more than a week before his trial is set to begin amid a disagreement over his legal strategy. CNN’s Elie Honig breaks down what this means for Trump’s case.
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