WASHINGTON (AP) – One of the lawyers who led the defense of former President Donald Trump in his second indictment did what Trump himself did: he acknowledged that Joe Biden had won the presidential election. –
Attorney Bruce Castor said in his opening remarks Tuesday: “The American people just talked and just changed the administration.” He added that Americans are “smart enough to choose a new administration if they don’t like the old one and just did it”.
The remarks by Castor, the Pennsylvania County Attorney, were in stark contrast to Trump’s defiance. The former president has repeatedly disputed the election result, falsely claiming he won in a “landslide”. And until the end of his presidency, he maintained unfounded demands, including during a speech at a pre-riot demonstration in the Capitol on January 6, which opened his trial on charges of inciting the uprising..
“We will stop the theft,” he said at the demonstration. “Today, I’m going to present just a few pieces of evidence that show we won these elections and won them by a landslide. It was not a tight choice.
There was no widespread election fraud, as confirmed across the country by election officials and former Attorney General William Barr. Dozens of legal challenges before the election Trump put it forward and his allies were fired.
After the riot stunned the country, Trump acknowledged that a transition of power was taking place. Social media director Dan Scavino said in a statement tweeted on Jan. 7, “Even though I completely disagree with the outcome of the election and the facts bear me, there will still be a transition on Jan. 20. . “
Trump watched Tuesday’s proceedings at his club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where he was furious about the lawyers ’performance. According to a person familiar with his mindset, Trump was impressed with the compilation of videos of the riots that the Democrats presented at their opening speech and thought his team looked shoddy. The person spoke anonymously to describe the private conversations.
In the past, including the first prosecution trial, Trump raised the arguments of his own lawyers, including those of Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz. But Trump’s suspension from Twitter meant it was not necessary to review Castor’s performance or that of Trump’s other attorney, David Schoen, in real time., a frequent legal commentator on TV.
Dershowitz, for his part, was critical of Castor’s performance. In a Newsmax television interview, Dershowitz blew up Castor’s winding remarks.
“There is no argument. I have no idea what he’s doing. I have no idea why he says what he says. ”Dershowitz said in the interview.
Castor has more than once admitted that Trump lost the election. He argued that Trump could not be held accountable after he left office because, according to the Constitution, the punishment for accountability “cannot extend beyond removal from office”.
“President Trump is no longer in office. The purpose of the Constitution has been achieved. Voters removed it. Said Castor.
Trump, for his part, never acknowledged his departure from the will of the electorate. While Vice President Mike Pence called his successor, Kamala Harris, to congratulate him, Trump did not make a similar call to Biden. He also missed the inauguration, it was the first president to do so since Andrew Jackson. Trump really followed the traditions and left a personal note for Biden in the Oval Office. Biden just told reporters it was “a very generous letter”.
Jonathan Lemire, author of the Associated Press, contributed to this report.