How dare they disturb Donald Trump’s 243rd day of golfing at one of his own resorts during his presidency by forcing him to think about the fact that his impeachment trial is only days away?
CNN is reporting that Trump is “distracted” by his constitutional woes as he spends yet another weekend at his gilded Florida Mar-a-Lago resort on the taxpayer dime and is having trouble understanding why he is being so victimized.
“A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared ‘distracted’ by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he ‘can’t understand why he is impeached,’” Jim Acosta reported on CNN today. “‘Why are they doing this to me,’ the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly.”
Trump’s reported reaction to the reality of his impeachment suggests that even if the terrified Republicans in the Senate risk their public credibility by acquitting the president of the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress by refusing to call witnesses to his misdeeds, the invocation of the 25th Amendment to achieve the same ends by a different means is in order.
Acosta also explained that the reason Trump is so unnerved by the events surrounding his impeachment relates to the negative coverage that he is getting on cable TV news outlets, with even some of his usually reliable Fox News allies being forced to report impeachment and Iran-related stories that reflect badly on him and his administration.
“Trump has been telling associates and allies around him that he wanted a ‘high profile’ legal team that can perform on television, the source said. It’s simply who Trump is, the source continued, adding Trump loves having people who are on television working for him,” Acosta said. “This in part may explain why Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz were added to the legal team representing the President.”
“Why are they doing this to me,” Trump is asking people down at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. Trump wanted TV ready attorneys and was fixated on Dershowitz who needed convincing to join Trump’s trial team. https://t.co/qBId8MQYWK
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 18, 2020
Apparently the skills that both Starr and Dershowitz have in Trump’s mind in relation to their TV appearance navigations, outweigh the negatives that both parties bring to the table as part of his defense team.
Starr, in addition to having brought the last presidential impeachment to a head as the Independent Counsel investigating then-President Bill Clinton, was ousted as president of Baylor University after an investigation found the university mishandled accusations of sexual assault against members of their football team. He also commented upon hearing the testimony of Gordon D. Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, during the House impeachment investigations that the “bombshell” testimony would be evidence that “the president, in fact, committed the crime of bribery.”
Dershowitz, for his part, was a part of the legal defense team of the late sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein and has been accused of participating in the rape of three of Epstein’s bevy of underaged victims. The Harvard Law professor denies the charges, saying he never met his accusers, although he admits to getting a massage at Epstein’s mansion, saying:
“I kept my underwear on during the massage. I don’t like massages particularly.”
Yet, even with these two telegenic defenders now on his team, Trump can’t keep his mind on his golf game.
Perhaps the opening arguments presented to the Senate by the House impeachment managers today will help explain to the perplexed president exactly why he finds himself in this situation.
“President Trump’s conduct is the Framers’ worst nightmare,” the managers wrote in their brief.“President Donald J. Trump used his official powers to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a United States election for his personal political gain, and then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his misconduct,” the managers wrote in the brief. “The Constitution provides a remedy when the President commits such serious abuses of his office: impeachment and removal. The Senate must use that remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, protect our constitutional form of government, and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security.”
Original reporting by Jim Acosta and Pamela Brown at CNN.
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