World Adviser Says Donald Trump In 'Great Mood,' Thinks Bruce Castor Made 'Some Good Points'
Trump's new impeachment team signals aggressive defense
One declined to prosecute Bill Cosby for rape, trading lawsuits instead with his alleged victim; another considered defending alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The two lawyers former president Donald Trump has hired to defend him in his Senate impeachment trial are confident, tough and media-honed criminal case experts who could liven up what is already set to be a nationally televised spectacle. A day after breaking with his original legal team, reportedly over strategy, on Sunday Trump named David Schoen and Bruce Castor to represent him at the trial.
Jason Miller, adviser to former President, told on Wednesday that Trump was in a "great mood." Miller also relayed Trump's words of praise for the members of Trump's legal defense team in his impeachment trial.
Trump, who was permanently banned fromon Wednesday, has not made a public statement about his impeachment trial. Trump's legal team—Bruce Castor and David Schoen—made opening arguments in Trump's defense on Monday. Many observers criticized Castor's remarks for not directly addressing the impeachment.
Tom Brady and Donald Trump: Revisiting the 'uncomfortable' friendship between Bucs QB, ex-president
Trump has made friends of many people in sports, including the longtime NFL quarterback. Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, however, made Brady "uncomfortable."The Buccaneers quarterback sidestepped the topic on Monday when a reporter asked if Brady had gotten a pass for his support of Trump because he is a white athlete.
In a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Miller said that Trump "thinks that David Schoen did a very excellent job. Also, there are some good points that Bruce Castor made."
"There are a few things that we need to tighten up," Miller added.
Newsweek reached out to Miller for further comment.
Castor's opening statements wereby lawmakers. Republican Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy told reporters he believed Castor's remarks were "disorganized" and "random."
Castor and Schoen attempted to make the case that since Trump had already been voted out of office, impeaching Trump would be unconstitutional. Cassidy had been expected to vote along Republican party lines against the trial. Instead, Cassidy joined five otherwho voted along with to allow the trial to proceed. Cassidy told reporters that, in their opening statements, Democrat House impeachment managers made a "compelling, cogent case and the President's team did not."
These Are the Differences in Trump's 2 Impeachment Trials
Former President Donald Trump will make history this week as the only U.S. president to be impeached twice and the first to undergo trial after leaving office.The key distinction that Trump's legal team and allies have used to build the defense argument is that he is no longer in office, unlike the 2019 trial when he was the sitting president.
Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins told reporters on Tuesday that Castor "did not seem to make any arguments at all, which was an unusual approach to take."
Trump faces conviction in the Senate for allegedly inciting violence against the U.S. government. Democrats allege that Trump's repeated baseless claims that voter fraud rigged the election, including remarks made by Trump at a January Stop the Steal rally in Washington, D.C., encouraged his supporters to cause a riot at the U.S. Capitol in January. Five people died in the riot. Trump has not yet issued a public statement about the impeachment trial.
In a February letter, Trump was invited to testify in the Senate trial by lead Democrat House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin. Trump declined to appear.
In a response to Raskin,described the request as a "public relations stunt."
"Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone," Schoen and Castor added, "you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th President of the United States, who is now a private citizen."
Impeachment Manager David Cicilline Says Trump 'Sided' With Insurrectionists in Senate Speech
"The president of the United States sided with the insurrectionists. He celebrated their cause. He validated their attack," Cicilline said in reference to Trump's January 6 tweet about the Capitol riot."The president of the United States sided with the insurrectionists. He celebrated their cause. He validated their attack," Cicilline told senators. "He told them, 'Remember this day forever!' hours after they marched through these halls looking to assassinate Vice President Pence, the speaker of the House and any of us they could find.
Trump often relied on social media platforms to communicate with his base. Many of those websites suspended Trump's accounts after he repeatedly claimed that voter fraud was responsible for his November loss to President. Twitter permanently banned Trump, a status that Twitter CFO Ned Segal said Wednesday would not be changed.
"When you're removed from the platform," Segal told CNBC in a Wednesday interview, "you're removed from the platform."
Segal added that Twitter's policies were designed to prevent people from inciting violence. "[Trump] was removed when he was president and there would be no difference for anybody who's a public official once they've been removed from the service," Segal said.
What’s next for the MAGA merchants of Etsy? More Trump. .
While the former president has been banned from Shopify, independent sellers are still pushing Trump gear.The former president looks as he did during his time in the White House, sticking out like a sore thumb among the other presidents, though Babin has equipped him with a slightly sharper chin and a stout, flattop-like haircut. “Originally it was a gift idea for my boss,” he tells me, over Etsy’s messaging platform. “He sent a picture [of the sculpture] to a few of his friends and all of a sudden I had 20 orders.