The impeachment trial for President Trump is finally underway. I did watch most of it and I've got to say that President Trump's defense team came out swinging with full force.
Everyone knows this whole thing is a sham and everyone just wants it to end.
Jay Sekulow who is President Trump's personal attorney, got things started rather quickly when he said, “I remember in the Mueller report there were discussions about — remember? Insurance policies. Insurance policy didn’t work out so well. So then we moved to other investigations. I guess you would call it reinsurance or an umbrella policy. And that didn’t work out so well. And here we are today.”
"During the proceedings that took place before the Judiciary Committee, the president was denied the right to cross-examine witnesses. The president was denied the right to access evidence. And the president was denied the right to have counsel present at hearings.”
But one of the highlights came from White House lead counsel, Pat Cipollone.
Cipollone said, “A partisan impeachment is like stealing an election and that’s exactly what we have. Talk about the framers’ worst nightmare; it’s a partisan impeachment that they’ve delivered to your doorstep in an election year. They want to remove President Trump from the ballot.”
According to the Washington Post,
During his time at the lectern, Cipollone chose to focus on another purported rejection of Trump’s rights: the closed-door hearings that came at the outset of the House’s impeachment inquiry. Those hearings, you’ll recall, were held in a sensitive compartmented information facility, or SCIF, in the basement of the Capitol. Republicans raised a lot of ruckus about the selectiveness of attendees and their inability to call desired witnesses, arguments that Cipollone reiterated on Tuesday.
“The president was forbidden from attending. The president was not allowed to have a lawyer present,” he said. “In every other impeachment proceeding, the president has been given minimal due process. Nothing here. Not even Mr. Schiff’s Republican colleagues were allowed into the SCIF.”