FoxNews.com reports that
Donald Trump’s lawyers defended the president against articles of impeachment Saturday morning arguing it’s the Democrats trying to interfere in elections by seeking to remove Trump from the 2020 ballot for doing “absolutely nothing wrong.”
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.
“For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”
Cipollone continued: “It would violate the sacred trust that the American people have placed in you and have placed in them. The American people decide elections. They have one coming up in nine months.”
Saturday was the first chance Trump’s lawyers had to refute the House’s case of impeachment and they came out making a forceful case that there are no grounds to remove Trump from office. Not only are Democrats asking the Senate to undo the results of the 2016 election but to tear up all ballots in the 2020 election with Trump’s name, Cipollone charged.
“They’re asking you to do something that no Senate has ever done and they’re asking you to do it with no evidence. And that’s wrong,” Cipollone said.
Billed as a teaser for next week’s argument, Trump’s legal team gave a 2-hour preview of their legal argument. All told, they’ll have three days and up to 24 hours to launch their defense – the same amount of time as House managers — but Cipollone told senators up front they would be “respectful” of their time and make their presentations shorter and less repetitive than Democrats.
House impeachment managers spent the prior three days arguing that Trump needs to be removed from office because he’s put his own self-interests before that of national security by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, and withholding nearly $400 million in security assistance to a country at war with Russia.
In smoothly choreographed presentations that relied on videos from witnesses and slideshows, the seven House Democrats drilled home the narrative that Trump needs to be impeached for abusing his oath of office by soliciting foreign election inference solely to boost his 2020 reelection chances. Trump, they charge, then obstructed Congress from investigating when he got caught.
But Trump’s legal team sought Saturday sought to dismantle the argument on several fronts. First, Trump couldn’t have pressured Ukraine because President Volodymyr Zelensky didn’t know it was on hold until after his phone call with Trump, they said.
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said the president’s actions can’t be viewed in a “vacuum” and reminded that Trump was “subjected” to the “Crossfire Hurricane” FBI probe before he president and then Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe after he was in office. Trump had reason to not “blindly trust” the intelligence community and turned instead to his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters, he said.
Sekulow noted the administration has placed holds on aid to a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Lebanon, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The U.S. withheld $300 million in military aid to Pakistan because it wasn’t meeting counter-terrorism obligation, he said.
“You didn’t hear about any of that from my Democratic colleagues, the House managers,” Sekulow charged.
But Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, noted the big difference was Congress was notified and supportive in previous cases. She pointed to a GAO report that found the Trump administration broke the law by withholding the aid against Congress’s wishes.
“He did actually break the law,” Stabenow told Fox News. “And so I’m going to be interested in hearing how the White House responds to the fact, that in this particular case …Congress was not informed and not involved, which is the process they’re supposed to take place legally.”
Trump’s legal team went on offense by targeting the lead impeachment manager, Rep. Adam Schiff — first showing the Intelligence Committee chairman reading the essence of Trump’s July 25 phone call with Zelensky — and ripping Schiff’s rendition as “a fake.” They also showed contradictory videos of Schiff’s comments about first wanting to hear from the whistleblower and then changing course over security concerns for the person who blew open the Ukraine case.
“Adam Schiff got kneecapped,” Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla, told Fox News after the opening statements.
But Schiff called any allegations he colluded with the whistleblower “nonsense.”
“I don’t even know who the whistleblower is,” Schiff, D-Calif., said Saturday at a press conference.
Is it just me, or have y’all also noticed that ol’ Shifty lies as easily as he draws a breath?
Back around the first of November, RealClearInvestigations.com identified the Whistleblower as Eric Ciaramella.
Federal documents reveal that the 33-year-old Ciaramella, a registered Democrat held over from the Obama White House, previously worked with former Vice President Joe Biden and former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump who helped initiate the Russia “collusion” investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
Further, Ciaramella (pronounced char-a-MEL-ah) left his National Security Council posting in the White House’s West Wing in mid-2017 amid concerns about negative leaks to the media. He has since returned to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Then FoxNews.com reported a little later that
Mark Zaid, one of the attorneys representing the intelligence community whistleblower at the center of the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment inquiry, tweeted conspicuously in January 2017 that a “coup has started” and that “impeachment will follow ultimately.”
Then, in July 2017, Zaid remarked, “I predict @CNN will play a key role in @realDonaldTrump not finishing out his full term as president.” Also that month, Zaid tweeted, “We will get rid of him, and this country is strong enough to survive even him and his supporters.”
Amid a slew of impeachment-related posts, Zaid assured his Twitter followers that “as one falls, two more will take their place,” apparently referring to Trump administration employees who defy the White House. Zaid promised that the “coup” would occur in “many steps.”
Are you beginning to see the big picture, gentle readers?
The Senate Impeachment Trial is just another part of a Democrat-supported “Deep State Covert Operation” against President Trump which resembles a spider’s web in its malevolent intricacy with its “alarm thread” leading directly back to the Obama and Hillary.
The incestuous nature of this covert operation resembles something out of a Tom Clancy Novel, only twice as large a conspiracy and three times as unbelievably dangerous.
This has been a well-planned “silent coup” designed to keep the Democratic Party in control of the Presidency and to further their goal of turning the United States of America into a Democratic Socialist Country, where the Politboro (Central Government) would prosper and us average Americans would spend our lives working for the glory of the State.
The election of a “Citizen Statesman” in the form of Donald J. Trump to the office of the Presidency ruined their plans.
That is why they are still attempting to overturn the results of a fair election with this joke of an “Impeachment Trial”
Unfortunately for Schiff, Nadler, and the rest of the House Dems, the President’s Legal Defense Team, under the coordination of Jay Sekulow, disassembled the Democrat House Managers’ 24-hour long Opening Arguments in 2 hours.
After the Defense Teams finished the legal dissection of the House Democrats’ Case for Impeaching President Trump, he is sure to be acquitted or the case will be dismissed.
Then, I believe that it will not be too long until Attorney General William Barr will present the findings of the investigative reports concerning the Silent Coup against Candidate and now President Trump and then convene a special Grand Jury to investigate and indict all of those former and present “public servants”, along with private citizens. who have engaged in this Seditious Conspiracy to subjugate the will of the American people and to overthrow our nation’s government from within.
Our Sovereign Nation must remain a Constitutional Republic in order to preserve our liberty.
Until He Comes,