Forty-four Republicans voted the trial was unconstitutional, but not Cassidy: “President Trump’s team were disorganized.”
I only watched a small portion of the Night of the Living Dead-on-Arrival Senate trial of Donald Trump.
The only issue argued today was whether the trial was constitutional and could proceed. The arguments, at least the small portions I saw, were nothing new. The points have been argued before and briefed extensively.
You can read Trump’s Trial Memorandum here, the part addressing unconstitutionality starts on page 13. Jay Sekukows ACLJ also issued a Memorandum on why the trial is unconstitutional, and Byron York lists 5 Reasons the trial is unconstitutional in non-legal terms.
You can read my posts here:
- Impeachment 2.0 – No, the Senate cannot convict Trump after he leaves office
- Impeachment Problem? Chief Justice Roberts May Not Have Constitutional Authority To Preside At Trial Of FORMER President
- Report: Senate Republicans Negotiating Terms of Unconstitutional Post-Departure Trump Impeachment Trial
- Mitt Romney on board with post-departure impeachment trial of Trump
- Reports: Chief Justice John Roberts Will Not Preside At Upcoming Trump Senate Trial
On a prior vote, 45 Republicans voted that the trial was unconstitutional. I thought a couple more might join the “No” vote. But I was wrong.
Bill Cassidy from Louisiana voted “yes” because, in his own words:
“The House managers were focused, they were organized. They relied upon both precedent, the Constitution, and legal scholars. They made a compelling argument. President Trump’s team were disorganized.”
GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy: "The House managers were focused, they were organized. They relied upon both precedent, the Constitution, and legal scholars. They made a compelling argument. President Trump's team were disorganized." https://t.co/pqewUs2nMy pic.twitter.com/zgJCNByhJU
— The Hill (@thehill) February 9, 2021
He’s in impartial juror? How nice. Is there a single impartial juror on the Democrat side? Not one.
The constitutional question is not dependent on the performance of the lawyers.
Cassidy doesn’t need to worry about local backlash, he just won reelection, so he’s there for six more years.
Louisiana Republican Party, condemning GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy: "The R Party of Louisiana is profoundly disappointed by Senator Bill Cassidy's vote on the constitutionality of the impeachment trial now underway against former President, now private citizen, Donald J. Trump"
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) February 9, 2021
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