Trump Impeachment Response Riddled With Errors
The gang that couldn’t lawyer straight seems like it might be perfect moniker for Donald Trump’s election challenge and impeachment defense teams. Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani were the subject of much ridicule for the typo-laden lawsuits and motions they filed all across the country trying to overturn the presidential election results. The most laughable was Powell misspelling of “district” twice – and differently – in the heading of filing in Georgia.
Trump reportedly called errors like that “very embarrassing” during an Oval Office meeting with his election fight legal team. Quite possibly he has the same opinion of the response his current batch of attorneys filed on his behalf to the article of impeachment. Right there, at the very top of the first page, the response is addressed to “The Honorable, the Members of the Unites States Senate.” Because “unites” is an actual word, Trump lawyers David Schoen, Bruce Castor and their assistants most likely didn’t catch the spelling error because they didn’t get that squiggly line that appears under a word that a computer thinks is misspelled.
Then there are the legal errors. Trump’s response argues that the Constitution “requires that a person actually hold office to be impeached.” First, Schoen, Castor, et al, provide no support for the claim. Second, even if that is the case, Trump was in office when he was impeached. It’s his trial in the Senate that will take place now that he is out of office.
The response also claims that simply because Trump “believes” that the election results “were suspect” he had the right to repeatedly make the false claim under the guise of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. “Insufficient evidence exists upon which a reasonable jurist could conclude that the 45th president’s statements were accurate or not,” it concludes. That argument might have had a prayer for validity were it not for the fact that all 50 states certified the accuracy of their ballot totals in favor of President Joe Biden.
Legal scholars, lawmakers and other people who can read lambasted the amateurish effort.
Trump's lawyers misspell "United States" right at the beginning and somehow it only gets worse and more amateurish from there. https://t.co/MyLwLRjG5y
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) February 2, 2021
So many things are wrong with Trump's impeachment filing (including the typos and misspellings). Most disgraceful is the fact that lawyers continue to use their licenses and credibility to spout these lies.
FACT: Trump and his allies lost 64 separate lawsuits. pic.twitter.com/yMJGYKODqD
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) February 2, 2021