Lawyers for Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal of inciting the horrific attack on the U.S. Capitol. Attorney Bruce Castor praised the Senate for deciding "not go down the road of endless impeachments." (Feb. 13)
BRUCE CASTOR: Myself, Mr. Van Der Veen and the other members of the team are extraordinarily gratified that the United States Senate decided as they did to protect our constitutional way of life and not go down the road of endless impeachments.
MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: I don't grapple with anybody. We finished the grappling in that room and we slammed them down on the mat and won this case. There's no grappling anymore. We won, not guilty.
- Did you try and get Kevin McCarthy's account of that phone call?
MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: They should have. I'm not gonna. I got-- I got work to do back home now.
BRUCE CASTOR: Burden of proof is on them and they didn't meet their burden of proof. It is somewhat confusing to us that if this conversation was of such great import, why was it only brought to our attention today and formed the basis for most of the closing that the House managers made? If this is the centerpiece of their case, it should have been front and center from the beginning.
I kind of think that yesterday their case was destroyed and they needed to throw a Hail Mary pass and it fell in the end zone uncaught.
MICHAEL VAN DER VEEN: We aren't on the left side, or the right side, or any side at all. We had a constitutional duty to defend our client. And we did that to the best of our abilities. But what I want to say, and I wanted to convey in there, was that our country needs to face the business in front of it with all seriousness, and purpose, love and peace in our hearts, and move the ball forward so that this great nation can get as strong as possible in the face of this pandemic.