Former President Donald Trump is furious that his attorneys’ performance on the opening day of his second impeachment trial was a total disaster! Republican senators are also questioning the strategy, and some have gone as far as to ask that they be replaced.
Trump was watching the impeachment proceedings from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, and was disgusted with what he saw, according to those who spoke with him. Republican Senators have also criticized what they described as an “unfocused and rambling performance”.
Trump complained that his team, especially lead lawyer Bruce Castor, came off badly on television and looked weak in comparison to the Democrats, according to the person, who spoke on condition of remaining anonymous to discuss private conversations.
The anger was echoed by Trump allies, who blasted the lawyers both publicly and privately.
“There is no argument. I have no idea what he’s doing. I have no idea why he’s saying what he’s saying,”Alan Dershowitz, an attorney who represented Trump in his first impeachment trial.
According to the Associated Press, Peter Navarro, a former Trump trade adviser, had already been urging the former president to ditch his legal team and hire Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz before the trial began, warning: “You gotta get rid of those guys. These people don’t understand. This is a political trial.”
Trump ditched his original impeachment team just over a week before Impeachment Trial was set to begin, in part because Trump wanted them to use a defense that relied on unfounded allegations of election fraud, and the lawyers were not willing to do so.