Castor, who represents Trump alongside attorney David Schoen, made tortuous arguments on the first day of the Senate indictment trial, including praise for the leaders of the house indictment, according to a presentation he said “succeeded.”
Still, Trump’s allies were shocked when the lawyers switched seats at the last minute.
Castor’s discursive presentation praised the Senate at length, including senators from the Pennsylvania-based state — Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Bob Casey — while arguing that the Senate should not hold a trial. He warned that a second indictment in 13 months would “open the door” to future prosecutions, as an unfounded rhetorical suggestion that Eric Holder’s former Obama administration attorney general could be removed.
The Senate finally voted 56-44 that the prosecution procedure is constitutional.
Trump’s team advisor offered an honest assessment of the messy opening day and asked sharply, “What the hell is going on here?”
According to the counselor, the former president could be in serious danger if he is indicted in a criminal court, given his inability to attract a large-scale legal team to a prosecution trial.
“Trump is taken care of if someone ever charges. No one wants to work with him,” the consultant said.
After Castor yielded to Schoen, the mood of the defending team changed sharply. Schoen accused Democrats of using accountability as a political “blood sport” to stop Trump from running again, and accused them of trying to fire Trump voters.
Although the former president was not satisfied with the early performance of his defense team, his staff remained confident that he would start for dismissal, and that would not change the outcome of the trial. According to two separate sources close to Trump, he is lying low until the end of the trial, but he is talking to his assistants about how to rise up again and help Republicans around the mid-term election.
Trump’s special senior adviser insisted that Castor try to lower the emotional temperature in the Senate before Schoen began his presentation.
“It’s about lowering the temperature after the democratically charged opening of Democrats before dropping the hammer on the unconstitutional nature of this indictment of witch hunting,” the adviser said.
But even some GOP senators have indicated they are not impressed with the presentation.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas – who, however, voted the trial unconstitutional – told reporters bluntly, “I thought the president’s lawyer – the first lawyer – was just going on and on and not really dealing with the constitutional argument.”
“Eventually, the second lawyer touched me, and I thought she did an effective job.” He quickly added, “But I saw a lot of lawyers and a lot of arguments, and that was it – it wasn’t one of the best I’ve seen.”
“They did everything they could just to talk about the issue, and when they talked about it, they slipped around a bit, almost as if to embarrass their arguments,” Cassidy said.
Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski similarly said, “Today should have been an opportunity to be informed of constitutionality, whether or not he can move forward with the prosecution of a former president.”
“I thought – the House presented a very good, very good legal analysis. In truth, I was really shocked by the first lawyer who introduced himself as former President Trump. I couldn’t figure out where he was going for 45 minutes somewhere, but I don’t think it would have helped to better understand where it came from with its constitutionality, ”Murkowski said.
A source advising the Trump campaign has made it clear, “Both sides are critical. Yikes.”
“It’s hard to compare to our team,” the source said of Trump’s first indictment team, noting actors such as veteran prosecutor Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz and former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. – Different levels of experience.
Despite the criticism, Castor simply told reporters after the daily meeting, “I thought we had a good day, thank you.”
This story has been updated with additional reports.