Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy said Sunday the House impeachment vote was a ‘Soviet Union show trial’ as he prepares to preside over the Senate trial this week
‘The president wasn’t there, he wasn’t allowed counsel, they didn’t amass evidence, in 5 hours they kinda judged and boom he’s impeached,’ Cassidy told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday morning.
Despite the defense of the former president, Cassidy insisted he has an ‘open mind’ going into the trial.
Just one week after the Capitol storming on January 6, House Democrats voted to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection,’ claiming he is the majority to blame for the violence that ensued that day.
On Tuesday, the Senate will begin its trial, which will eventually conclude with a vote on whether to convict Trump, an unlikely outcome as a two-thirds vote is needed – meaning 17 Republicans would have to cross the Party line.
Representative Adam Schiff, who served as the lead impeachment manager in the first trial against Trump in 2019, defended the swift movement this time around, claiming the House didn’t want to sit on the case.
‘We simply couldn’t sit still and wait for weeks or months while this man posed a danger to the country,’ Schiff, who spoke with ‘Meet the Press’ immediately after Cassidy, said on Sunday.
Trump’s impeachment attorneys revealed Friday they plan to use clips during the trial this upcoming week to strengthen their defense by exhibiting times Democrats incited violence with ‘inflammatory rhetoric’ as proof of a double standard.
Bruce Castor, the former president’s lead impeachment lawyer, told Fox News he would counter video used by the Democrat impeachment managers of Trump’s January 6 speech and the Capitol storming by playing clips of lawmakers on the left calling for rioting in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests.
It is not immediately clear which footage Castor and fellow impeachment defense attorney David Schoen will use or if that would include other calls from Democrats for public action against Republicans and Trump’s supporters and staff.
Castor, however, said the video would prove Democrats have used ‘inflammatory rhetoric’ to rile up their base over the summer during the Black Lives Matter movement, leading to violence, looting, destruction and even injury and death.
Trump’s defense attorney Bruce Castor detailed Friday he would use video fo Democrats’ ‘inflammatory rhetoric’ inciting Black Lives Matter riots over the summer to juxtapose video he anticipates they will use of Trump’s January 6 speech and the ensuing Capitol riot
‘I think you can count on that,’ he told Fox’s Laura Ingraham of using visual aids to counter Democrat video of Trump’s speech and the rioting. ‘If my eyes look a little red to the viewers, it’s because I have been looking at a lot of videos the last couple of days.’
‘Many of them [Democrats] in Washington, using really the most inflammatory rhetoric as possible to use,’ he continued. ‘But here when you have the president of the United States give a speech and says ‘you should peacefully make your thinking known to the people in Congress,’ he all of a sudden the villain. So you better be careful what you wish for.’
Trump’s lawyers plan to use as their main argument that Trump can not Constitutionally be impeached and convicted because he is no longer serving as president.
They wrote in their brief outlining their argument that the founding text ‘requires that a person actually hold office to be impeached.’