At the end of the second day of presentations from House impeachment managers in the Senate trial of former President Donald Trump, there was a incident which seemed to indicate that some Senate Republicans are willing to go to any lengths in their attempt to divert attention from the facts in the case.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) rose to object to the mention of a phone call, Politico reports:
“Lee objected to the portrayal of an accidental phone call from then-President Donald Trump, plunging the Senate chamber into confusion on the second day of Trump’s impeachment trial.
“Trump called Lee on Jan. 6, the day of the Capitol insurrection, but had meant to call Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.). Lee recounted to the Deseret News last month the callfrom Trump and said he had passed off the phone to Tuberville when he realized Trump had dialed him by mistake. Trump‘s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani also left a voicemail meant for Tuberville that day to corral support for Trump‘s election disputes, but he‘d also accidentally dialed Lee.”
Eventually, lead House impeachment manager Jamie Raskin (D-MD) withdrew the anecdote Lee objected to, but the incident was a clear indication that Republicans don’t have the facts on their side, so they’re willing to resort to pathetic procedural moves so they can try and divert attention from the mountain of evidence which shows that Trump did indeed incite thousands of his followers to storm the Capitol and attack police officers protecting the building.
Perhaps the best commentary on Sen. Lee’s stunt was provided by retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling:
Ahhh…the world and America would be a better place if @SenMikeLee put as much emotion into insurrection as he does into being misquoted.
— Mark Hertling (@MarkHertling) February 11, 2021
There’s an old saying in the legal profession which goes like this: “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts; if you have the law on your side, pound the law; if you have neither the facts nor the law, pound the table.”
Mike Lee is pounding the table. And he looks like a fool doing so.
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