Trump Team Rests Early in Impeachment Trial
The legal team of former President Donald Trump rested its case early on Friday, claiming that the impeachment trial has simply been a waste of time for the entire country. The trial dragged on for five days, using energy and time that should have been put toward fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his final arguments, Trump lawyer Bruce Castor said that he was going to not use his allotted time on the basis that the trial had already wasted too much time.
Democrats Unsuccessful in Bid to Muddy Trump
Democrats tried all week to convince the necessary 67 senators that Trump was guilty of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.
In the end, Trump was acquitted with only seven Republicans crossing over party lines to try to convict the former president. Led by Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the impeachment managers were not successful in arguing that Trump was responsible for the attacks on the Capitol.
Challenges of Evidence
One of the downfalls for the team of impeachment managers was that they were called out on presenting misleading evidence. Raskin was forced to agree to withdraw a piece of false reporting as official evidence. The challenge to the evidence was brought by Republican Sen. Mike Lee from Utah. Raskin had no choice but to withdraw the piece once it was proven to be false, leaving the impeachment team with egg on their face.
The Trump defense team also used their closing arguments to slam the nation’s cancel culture. In the argument, Castor pointed out that the trial itself was trying to cancel the votes of millions of Trump voters.