President Donald Trump’s legal team tripped and fell square on their faces on Monday during the Senate impeachment trial when attorney Robert Ray invoked former Senator William Cohen (R-Maine) to argue that this impeachment is invalid because it’s not bipartisan.
After a week in which House impeachment managers presented a strong case against Trump based on the evidence, testimony and facts, which have only strengthened as new evidence comes to light, Monday marked another day of the Trump legal team rebuttal.
When Ray took his turn, he argued that impeachment must be bipartisan like it was back in the 1970s when a few Republican congressmen joined Democrats to call for removing former President Richard Nixon from office, which ultimately led to Nixon resigning.
Here’s the video via YouTube:
One of the congressmen who joined Democrats was then-Rep. Cohen, who also served as Defense Secretary under former President Bill Clinton.
Ray focused on Cohen to make his case. But the problem is that Cohen said in November that Trump committed an impeachable offense and that his quid-pro-quo attempt with Ukraine was a crime that he should be convicted and removed for by the Senate.
“That to me is not only ‘quid pro quo’ in a very classic sense,” he said in a statement. “It’s ‘res ipsa loquitur’ – that’s ‘the thing speaks for itself.’ It speaks for itself in the document that was released.”
Indeed, the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky clears reveals that Trump asked for a “favor” in exchange for his release of military aid to the country, aid that he froze shortly after the call. That favor Trump wanted involved opening a sham investigation against his political rival ahead of the 2020 Election.
“To me, it’s an impeachable act,” Cohen continued, going on to say that what Trump did is “a form of bribery, a form of a high crime and misdemeanor.”
So, Trump’s legal team just invoked a former lawmaker to argue against removal even though that same former lawmaker says that Trump committed a crime and should be removed from office.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
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