Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, have criticized former President Donald Trump’s legal defense team.
Cornyn remarked to reporters that he has seen many legal arguments but noted that the efforts of the Trump team were not the “finest” he has seen. Cruz said Trump’s legal defense team did not do “the most effective job.”
CNN reported that Trump was enraged by his defense team’s opening arguments.
Trump attorney Bruce Castor told reporters he thought the legal defense team “had a good day,” adding that they would not make any adjustments regardless of criticism received from GOP senators. Defense attorney David Schoen said he thought his partner Castor “did a great job.”
Castor and Schoen joined Trump’s legal team earlier this month after five of his impeachment lawyers, including Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, left.
At least 17 Republican Senators must side with Democrats to have the required two-thirds majority to convict Trump in the Senate.
Democrats and some Republicans seek to use the sole Article of Impeachment – the “incitement of insurrection” – to disqualify Trump from ever again holding public office, including running for president in 2024. The Article of Impeachment alleges that in the months preceding the deadly January 6 attack at the US Capitol, Trump repeatedly issued baseless statements asserting that the election results were the product of widespread fraud and should not be accepted by Americans.