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You get what everyone knows you’ll never pay for


Trump was apparently as unimpressed with the performance of his lawyers today as everyone else:

For former President Donald Trump, the opening day of his second impeachment trial did not go as planned or to his liking.

Cocooned at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump watched as his defense attorneys responded to an emotional presentation by House impeachment managers with a series of dry, technical and at times meandering arguments about due process and the constitutionality of the proceedings. As they droned on, he grew increasingly frustrated with the sharp contrast between their muted response and the prosecution’s opening salvo, according to two people familiar with his thinking.

“President Trump was not happy with the performance of his legal team in action,” said one of the people familiar with his thinking.

I’m not sure arguments such as “the Constitution’s impeachment process violates the Constitution” merit the term “technical,” but anyway.

It was a teaching day so I missed this in real time, but I would actually recommend Raskin’s speech and the accompanying video if you haven’t seen them:

Dumb as the attempts to gin up an argument that it’s always too early or too late for Trump’s conviction to be constitutional are, they beat trying to defend against charges of incitement on the merits.

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