Former President Donald Trump was apparently not pleased with how his Senate impeachment trial defense team performed on Tuesday.
A new explosive report from Fox News reveals that Trump was “furious” and “beyond angry” with his defense team’s strategy on the first day of the trial.
“Two sources in fact, who spent time with the former president today described him as being quote, ‘furious and beyond angry’ with his impeachment defense team,” Fox News correspondent Kevin Corke reported. “He was especially upset with attorney Bruce Castro, as you pointed out for his quotes, rambling opening argument. The former president spending the day watching the trial from inside his private quarters at Mar-A-Lago, no golf with the very same plan for tomorrow.”
“Meanwhile, at a time when he certainly could opt to reduce the political temperature in the country, Mr. Biden apparently is taking a pass, opting instead to not weigh in as his predecessors being impeached once again, despite what critics have called hypocrisy on the left, and a deafening silence from the White House,” Corke added.
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The sources, who spent time with Trump, said he was particularly incensed with the effort thus far by his attorney Bruce Castor. Trump believes Castor gave a rambling opening argument, they said. Castor’s 45-minute opening remarks were widely panned on social media after he praised the House impeachment managers for a job “well done.”
“The American people just spoke and they just changed administrations,” Castor said at one point. He said the public is smart enough to “pick a new administration if they don’t like the old one, and they just did.”
Trump watched the proceedings from his quarters in Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. The AP, citing an unnamed source, said Trump was impressed with the opening video presentation from Democrats. Trump’s team did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.
Castor defended his performance in an interview after Tuesday’s first day of the Senate trial, according to the Wall Street Journal.
“You put 100 people in the same room, you’re going to get 100 different opinions. We only lost one…so I believe we had a good day,” he said, adding that his “well done” statement was not an acknowledgment that the Democrat case was more effective.
David Schoen, another attorney for Trump, told Fox News anchor Sean Hannity on Tuesday that the impeachment trial is bad for the country and would not “advance any cause of good in the country.”
“It’s common sense,” he said. “Nobody thinks of using the impeachment process for anything other than removing a civil official from office.”
Democrats would be wise to see that they are possibly setting a precedent for any former president or government official to be impeached after they leave office.