Former President Trump’s legal team imploded over the weekend as five attorneys left the team just days before his Senate trial is set to begin. Trump has already announced two new lawyers who will lead his defense.
Multiple outlets reported the abrupt change occurred following the former president’s plan to focus on election fraud rather than arguing whether impeaching a president after leaving office is Constitutional. The Senate voted 55-45 on the Constitutionality of the trial last week, with five Republicans joining Democrats.
However, Trump spokesman Jason Miller has reported the division over focusing on election fraud was fake news, though no other explanation has yet been provided by Donald Trump or his former attorneys. The two new attorneys leading the Trump legal team include David Schoen and Bruce Castor, Jr.
Castor noted, “I consider it a privilege to represent the 45th President. The strength of our Constitution is about to be tested like never before in our history. It is strong and resilient. A document written for the ages, and it will triumph over partisanship yet again, and always.”
Senate Democrats are expected to focus on highly emotional arguments to plead their case and accuse the former president of incitement of insurrection for his alleged role in the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot. Their strategy will cite connections between Trump’s verbal attacks about election fraud alongside the actions of those who entered the U.S. Capitol, vandalized property, and left at least one protester and one police officer dead.
So will former President Trump and his legal team really focus on election fraud before the Senate? The idea is interesting, as it would allow the former president to finally present his evidence after no court would hear his case prior to the inauguration of Joe Biden.
However, the moment has seemingly passed for arguments regarding election fraud to make any significant impact. Instead, former President Trump appears to have a strong case to argue the Senate trial is unconstitutional. Unfortunately, facts don’t seem to matter to most in the Senate.
The good news for Donald Trump is that impeachment can only take place with a two-thirds supermajority Senate vote. Unless something major changes, the vote will likely be the same at the numbers supporting the trial—55-45, enough to make Trump look bad, but not enough for impeachment.
The reality is Democrats already know this. Their goal is not impeachment, but embarrassment. The more they can vilify the former Republican president—and his supporters—now, the more likely they are to secure more votes in future elections. It’s about re-election, plain and simple.
But will President Biden really run again in 2024? Maybe. But at 82 years old, we will more likely see Vice President Kamala Harris as the name on the Democrat ticket.