Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons was dumped on Donald Trump's defense team Tuesday, calling them the "four-season landscaping of the legal profession" after they crashed and burned in the Senate.
"This was one of the weakest arguments I have ever heard," said Sen. Coons. "I honestly have questions about how anyone could have voted today that this was an unconstitutional process, given the reasoning we heard."
As PoliticusUSA's Jason Easley pointed out, even Republicans think Trump's defense team is doing badly, which makes it pretty amazing that the Senate vote to move the process forward wasn't 100-0.
"It was one of the weakest arguments I have ever heard," said Sen. Coons of Trump's impeachment team. pic.twitter.com/qyembg67DA
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 10, 2021
Sen. Coons said:
I've spoken to a couple of Republican Senators and I have to tell you that this was the four season landscaping of the legal profession as I listened to these two. This was one of the weakest arguments I've ever heard, especially the first. I just mean on and on and on with no clear focus or purpose. I mean that was bad. This was just bad legal reasoning, not reasoned, not well thought out, not very convincing. And then, the second, Doug Schoen, he simply replaced with volume what the first man lacked in reasoning. Overall, it's hard to believe that someone bought their constitutional argument. I thought the property managers who presented today were making a focused, concrete, and compelling argument, and they had quotes from more than 150 professors and scholars of constitutional law, from conservative to progressive, to support them. So I would rate the first round as an overwhelming victory for the property managers and I have frankly questions about how anyone could have voted today that this was unconstitutional, given the reasoning we heard.
This happens when a decent lawyer doesn't want to represent you
While the performance of Donald Trump's defense team was hard to watch on Tuesday, it wasn't all that surprising given the fact that virtually no decent lawyer was interested in representing the shamed former president.
The case against Trump is ultimately open and closed. Whether Republicans are ready to admit it or not, Trump instigated the attack on the U.S. Capitol last month. Your tantrums about timing or process won't change that.
The fact that every Republican senator was ready to join Trump's defense team on Tuesday shows how disinterested they are in being an impartial juror in this impeachment trial.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.