Trump Lawyers Celebrate Impeachment Acquittal, Criticize Media

After he was acquitted in his second impeachment trial, Trump’s lawyers declared victory and denounced media

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers, who represented him in his second impeachment trial, declared victory and celebrated after he was acquitted.

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“We slammed it down on the mat and won this case. There’s no grappling anymore. We won. Not guilty,” Philadelphia lawyer Michael van der Veen, who is part of Trump’s team, said to reporters on Capitol Hill.

Bruce Castor, another attorney, stated:

“This was a difficult period of time for our country and 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 Constitution, way of life, and not go down the road of endless impeachments.”

The team smiled, hugged and laughed with joy. As van der Veen spoke, several fists bumped.

After the Senate acquitted Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection, the team had assembled.  Even though the majority, 57, voted to convict, it was required a supermajority for a conviction, so the vote fell short.

Asked about their opinion about failing to sway seven Republicans, Castor commented:

“A win is a win.”

“Burden of proof was on them, and they didn’t meet their burden of proof,” he added, referring to the House impeachment managers.

The vote was denounced by Democrat congressional leaders, and they accused Republicans of ignoring evidence.

“Oh, these cowardly senators who couldn’t face up to what the president did,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters in a separate briefing following the vote.

The 43 senators who voted not guilty “are basically saying no amount of facts would have made any difference to them, because they didn’t think that the president was subject to the jurisdiction of the Senate,” the lead impeachment manager, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), added.

While some Republicans concentrated on their belief that the trial was unconstitutional in justifying their not guilty votes, others said the former president’s actions and words were not in fact strong to the level of incitement.

“The House brought only one charge before the Senate: incitement,” Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement. “Donald Trump used heated language, but he did not urge anyone to commit acts of violence. The legal standard for incitement is very high and it is clear by the results of this vote that the House Managers failed to present a coherent standard for incitement.”

“The House Managers provided the former President with no due process—and argued none was required—and side-stepped the First Amendment defense of his speech.” – Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) stated.

On Jan. 6 Donald Trump gave a speech, as the violence at the U. S. Capitol started approximately two miles away. He used the phrase “fight like hell” regarding legal efforts from his team around election integrity. He told supporters to go to the Capitol “peacefully and patriotically.”

Democrats claimed that he used the phrase to encourage his followers to behave violently.

After his acquittal,  the former president thanked members of Congress “who stood proudly for the Constitution we all revere and for the sacred legal principles at the heart of our country.”

“This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people, the highest number ever for a sitting president, who voted for us just a few short months ago,” he stated, continuing that the Make America Great Again movement “has only just begun.”

The statement was read by Trump adviser Jason Miller from his phone, before van der Veen blasted media outlets for “feeding the anger of both sides.”

“The media, the mainstream media, the right media, the left media, I don’t care what media it is. The media is feeding the division in this country. They’re bloodthirsty for ratings. When I watch the news, I watch one channel and it’s one world, and I watch another channel, and it’s a totally different world,” he told.

“And it’s time that the media went back to integrity in their reporting, unbiasedness [sic] in their coverage, and work to cool the temperature in this country, instead of always trying to ratchet it up. And I think it’s their obligation to do that starting right now.”

On Saturday, Van Deer had a controversial interview with CBS, in which he accused host Lana Zak of bias after she appeared to downplay the managers’ manipulation of a tweet during their presentation.

During the press conference, he also said the country should “unite as a people.”

“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,” he remarked. “It’s absolutely crucial that this country move forward in unity. Put away the partisan backlash, back and forth, and do everything that we can to find justice every day in our lives.”

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Source: The Epoch Times

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