Impeachment Witness Says Trump's Defense in the Trial is "Sophisticated" and "Brilliant"
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On Saturday, law professor and impeachment witness Jonathan Turley, who has been a Trump critic since the President took office, praised President Trump's legal team for their defense of the President, calling it "sophisticated" and "brilliant."
“The House took a lot of hits below the waterline today,” Turley said on Twitter. “These were powerful points that gave ample foundation for senators to support acquittal without agreeing with the Dershowitz theory or the suggestion that everything was ‘perfect.’ I liked the low key, fact-based argument.”
“The White House did a particularly good job explaining its position on refusing discovery and also the unfair process,” Turley added. “Moreover, it was a brilliant decision to limit the opening to a few hours. The House subjected the Senate to mind-numbing repetition for 22 hours.”
“By giving up much of the first day, the White House gave a concise opening, relieved the jury, and pushed the main argument to Monday with a larger television audience,” Turley finished. “It was a sophisticated and effective strategy that paid off. A very strong start to their case.”
Turley also weighed in on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler's performance in the impeachment trial, saying that he made a “huge blunder” when he delivered the case against President Trump.
“One of the things you teach law students is that when you make arguments to juries, make sure you don’t insult the jury,” Turley said. “That is, you don’t want to make statements that make them feel stupid or ascribe any bad motivations to them, and if there was one major blunder during the argument it was Jerry Nadler, who got ahead of the skis a bit and said that the Senate could be engaged in a cover up, and when he said that, people on the floor recounted later that there was sort of a hush, a reaction from the Senators.”
“This is not the place for that,” Turley added. “And what was notable was that it was Lisa Murkowski, one of the Senators they are trying to get, who was the first to object outside the chambers and said that she was deeply insulted. You know, this is not just the most deliberative body, it’s the most defensive body, and if you actually call them traitors or conspirators in a cover up, it’s more likely that they’re going to join together than break apart.”
Turley was referring to when Nadler said: “If you vote to block this witness or any evidence, it can only be because you do not want the American people to hear the evidence, that you do not want a fair trial, and that you are complicit in President Trump’s efforts to hide misconduct and the truth from the American people.”
“The question is if the Senate will be complicit in the president’s crimes by covering them up,” Nadler continued. “Any senator who votes against any relevant testimony shows that he and she are part of the cover up. What other possible reason is there to prohibit a relevant witness to testify here?”
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