• January 31, 2023

Trump Impeachment Trial: Live Updates : NPR

Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as he steps aboard Marine One to leave the White House on Jan. 20. Trump is now in Florida watching his second impeachment trial from a distance. Almond Ngan / AFP via Getty Images Hide caption

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Outgoing President Donald Trump waves as he steps aboard Marine One to leave the White House on Jan. 20. Trump is now in Florida watching his second impeachment trial from a distance.

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A senior adviser to Donald Trump said Wednesday that the former president was confident his legal team would represent him in the ongoing Senate impeachment, despite Trump Displeasure with their performance the day before, and criticism the legal arguments of his camp and presentation by several Republican senators.

On Fox News, Jason Miller said the former president was in a “great” mood as he watched his team’s defense, although Miller admitted there were things that Trump attorneys may “tighten” in the future.

“The President thinks David Schoen has done an excellent job [on Tuesday]There are also some good points Bruce Castor made. There are a few things that we need to tighten, “Miller said.

Watch Live: Opening Arguments Begin in Trump Impeachment Process

The opening remarks by Trump’s lawyers, which refuted the constitutionality of the process – in particular the comments made by Castor – were dismissed by many viewers as dubious and largely independent of the matter at hand.

The rambling, lengthy nature of Castor’s speech seemed all the more blatant when it followed a clear, passionate speech by impeachment managers of the House who shared their firsthand experiences of the January 6th uprising at the Capitol and made constitutional arguments as to why the trial should continue.

But Miller countered on Wednesday: “The fact is, the Democrats really didn’t come up with a strong case.”

He added, “At this point, this is now about recycled clips, recycled arguments with even less convincing speakers. I mean Eric Swalwell? He won’t bring it home to the Democrats. I mean, now they’re really getting to the B-Team, and I think tomorrow will probably be the C-Team. All of this is easy to refute. We look forward to taking our case. “

Miller also accused the House impeachment executives of using selectively edited video clips and hypocrisy, as some of them used words like “struggle” to advance democratic causes.

A Senate condemnation of Trump, which would require 17 Republican votes, is viewed as highly unlikely.

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