Trump’s own lawyer admits he lost the presidential election


WASHINGTON – One of the lawyers who led the defense of former President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial did what Trump himself didn’t: he admitted that Joe Biden won the presidential election.

In the opening address, attorney Bruce Castor said on Tuesday, “The American people have just spoken and just changed administration.” He added that Americans “are smart enough to choose a new government when they don’t like the old one,” and they just did it ”.

The remarks made by Castor, a former Pennsylvania district attorney, were a surprising contrast to Trump’s defiance. The former president repeatedly denied election results, falsely claiming that he had won a “landslide”. And he upheld the unsubstantiated claims until the end of his presidency, including speaking at a pre-January 6 rally in the Capitol that started his trial for incitement to the insurrection.

“We will stop the theft,” he said at the rally. “Today I’m going to present just some of the evidence that proves we won this election, and it did it with a landslide. That was not a close choice. “

There was no widespread electoral fraud, as confirmed by election officials across the country and former Attorney General William Barr. Dozens of legal challenges to choose from brought forward by Trump and his allies.

After the uprising stunned the country, Trump admitted that there would be a change in power. In a statement tweeted by his social media director Dan Scavino on January 7th, he said, “Although I totally disagree with the outcome of the election and the facts confirm me, there will still be an orderly transition on January 20th. “.”

Trump followed the proceedings from his club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida Tuesday and was angry at his attorneys’ performance. According to a person familiar with his mindset, Trump was impressed by a video compilation of the uprising that the Democrats showed in their opening presentation and found his team to look shabby in comparison. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private conversations.

In the past, including during his first impeachment trial, Trump has touted the arguments of his own lawyers, including Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz. But Trump’s suspension of Twitter did not mean a public review of Castor’s performance in real time or the performance of Trump’s fellow attorney, David Schoen, a frequent television legal commentator.

For his part, Dershowitz generally criticized Castor’s performance. In a television interview on Newsmax, Dershowitz blew up Castor’s confused comments.

“There are no arguments. I have no idea what he’s doing. I have no idea why he says what he says, “said Dershowitz in an interview.

Castor admitted more than once that Trump lost the election. He argued that Trump could not be charged after he left office because the Constitution states that the penalty for impeachment “cannot go beyond impeachment.”

“President Trump is no longer in office. The aim of the constitution has been achieved. He was removed from the electorate, ”said Castor.

For his part, Trump has never admitted that his departure was the will of the voters. While Vice President Mike Pence called his successor, Kamala Harris, to congratulate him, Trump didn’t make a similar call to Biden. He also skipped the inauguration, becoming the first president since Andrew Jackson. Trump followed tradition and left Biden a personal note in the Oval Office. Biden would only tell reporters that it was “a very generous letter”.

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