Trump attorney David Schoen was absolutely right when he claimed that you cannot impeach a president that has already left office, but Donald Trump was president when he was impeached, and Mitch McConnell refused to hold the Senate trial while Trump was in office.
As I sat and watched today’s arguments in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, three words kept coming to mind, I will be polite and use the internet antonym, WTF? Donald Trump is lucky that this is a Senate trial and not a trial in federal court because if it was, his ass would be going to jail.
David Schoen, a Montgomery Alabama attorney, went to great lengths to argue that you cannot impeach a president who is no longer in office while completely ignoring the fact that Donald Trump was in office when he was impeached.
His trial should have taken place while he was in office, but Mitch McConnell refused to hold the trial while he was still in office. You cannot allow a president to skip merrily into retirement simply because a member of his party refuses to carry out his duty and conduct a trial. Even if it was not possible to hold the trial during Trump’s tenure as president, that doesn’t mean that the trial should not take place.
I think that impeachment manager Rep. Joe Neguse (R-CO, 2nd) said it best.
“What you experienced that day, what we experienced that day, what our country experienced that day, is the Framers’ worst nightmare come to life,” Neguse said. Presidents can’t inflame insurrection in their final weeks and then walk away like nothing happened, And yet, that is the rule that President Trump asks you to adopt.”
Democrats did manage to pick up one Republican over the vote held on the constitutionality of the process two weeks ago. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) joined Democrats and five of his Republican colleagues, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), on the question of constitutionality.
Cassidy said that the impeachment managers had “strong arguments.”
“If anyone disagrees with my vote and would like an explanation, I ask them to listen to the arguments presented by the House managers and former President Trump’s lawyers,” he continued. “The House managers had much stronger constitutional arguments. The president’s team did not.”
In reference to the argument put forth by Trump’s legal team, Cassidy was quite critical.
“It speaks for itself, Cassidy said. “It was disorganized, random, they talked about many things, but they didn’t talk about the issue at hand.