CNN reported that a wide range of Republicans in the Senate strongly criticized former President Donald Trump’s defense team on the opening day of his second trial, as the constitutionality of the trial process was considered.
According to the network, John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the Republican Party leadership in the Senate, said of Castor, who is one of Trump’s advocates: The attorney “did not really touch on the constitutional argument. Finally, the second lawyer was able to circumvent the matter, and I thought he was. Did an effective job. “
Susan Collins, Republican Senator from Maine when she was also criticizing Castor’s performance, told CNN: “I thought the second lawyer (David Schwen) presented the arguments very well. I was puzzled by the first attorney, who did not appear to have presented any arguments. Absolutely”.
Castor opened Trump’s defense with a zigzag presentation and warned that a second impeachment trial (of Trump) within 13 months would “open the door wide for impeachment measures in the future, even as it makes an unfounded suggestion that the former Obama administration attorney general, Eric Holder) Can be removed. “
Prominent Republicans argued Tuesday that it was difficult to understand Castor’s argument exactly, while asserting that they believed the second attorney, David Schwen, was more adept in his role.
In early February, Trump announced the appointment of two attorneys, David Schwen and Bruce Castor, to lead his team of attorneys in the Senate trial. This happened after the two attorneys, Deborah Barbier and Butch Powers, left Trump’s defense team. Later media reported that three other lawyers have left Trump, they are Josh Howard, who recently joined the team, as well as Johnny Jacir and Greg Harris.
Earlier on Tuesday, the US Senate described the impeachment process as constitutional. 56 Senators, including six Republicans, voted in favor of the constitutionality of the former president’s trial, however, 44 Republican senators made it clear that they intend to secure Trump’s acquittal. And it takes 67 votes in the Senate to decide to remove the former president.
Trump is on trial for inciting riots in the US Capitol building on January 6, with the aim of blocking the certification of the presidential election results.