One of former President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers is conceding Trump lost the election to Joe Biden, a fact Trump has refused to acknowledge. Bruce Castor says the Senate can't convict Trump because he was already "removed by the voters.” (Feb. 9)
BRUCE CASTOR: I was struck. I thought that the House managers who spoke earlier were brilliant speakers, and I made some notes. And they'll hear about what I think about some of the things they said later when I'm closing the case. But I thought they were brilliant speakers, and I loved listening to them. And they are smart fellows.
But why are the House managers afraid? And why is the majority of the House of Representatives afraid of the American people? I mean, let's understand why we are really here. We are really here because the majority in the House of Representatives does not want to face Donald Trump as a political rival in the future. That's the real reason we're here.
The reason that I am having trouble with the argument is the American people just spoke, and they just changed administrations. So in the light most favorable to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle here, their system works. The people are smart enough in the light most favorable to them. They're smart enough to pick a new administration if they don't like the old one. And they just did, and he's down there at Pennsylvania Avenue now probably wondering how come none of my stuff is happening up at the Capitol.
But the section I read-- judgment, in other words, the bad thing that can happen, the judgment, in cases of impeachment, i.e. what we are doing, shall not extend further than removal from office. What is so hard about that? President Trump no longer is in office. The object of the Constitution has been achieved. He was removed by the voters.