Lead House impeachment supervisor Jamie Raskin said on Sunday he “destroyed” previous President Donald Trump’s legal defense team, however at the end of the day, there is no reasoning with members of a spiritual cult. He explained the effort of he and the other Home impeachment supervisors as a resounding success in both “the court of viewpoint and the court of history.”
Asked by Fulfill the Press host Chuck Todd on why he decreased to call witnesses or pursue a dereliction of duty charge, Raskin said Senate Republicans “would have discovered some way to acquit” no matter what case was presented. The Democratic Maryland congressman stated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scathing speech against Trump just moments after voting to acquit him was exposing of how much hypocrisy Republican politicians were willing to accumulate in order to get Trump off the hook.
Raskin quipped: “I ‘d have had [McConnell] on the impeachment supervisor’s team in the way he presented that. Except, then he returned to the totally counterfeit argument that the Senate could not perform the trial of Trump’s impeachment, although he was impeached throughout his presidency for acts committed during his presidency.”
” I believed that I successfully destroyed [Trumps’ lawyers arguments] throughout the trial. There’s no reasoning with individuals who basically are acting like members of a religious cult and when they leave office ought to be offering flowers at Dulles Airport,” Raskin continued. “[They think in a] cultish and hazardous method.”
The lead House impeachment supervisor restated that he believes the trial put forth to the general public was a “complete repudiation” of Trump’s habits which ultimately led to the January 6 Capitol riot. He highlighted that 17 Republicans, 10 from your home, and 7 from the Senate, recognized the previous president is still trying to “wage war on American constitutional democracy.”
” It was a dramatic success in historic terms, it was the biggest impeachment conviction vote in U.S. history, and it was by far the most bipartisan majority in the Senate to found guilty,” Raskin stated, noting that it’s been difficult to explain to foreign journalists why Trump was acquitted with a 57- to-43 vote in favor of conviction (a two-thirds majority is needed under the constitutional framework for impeachment).
Raskin pressed back on several theoretical scenarios put forth by Todd on how he may have had the ability to win a conviction. He once again specified that rational arguments were not going to work versus a bunch of GOP lawyers who pretended to have no awareness of Trump’s frustrating regret.
” Remember these Republicans who voted to acquit in the face of this mountain of evidence were going to find some factor to do it,” Raskin told Todd on Sunday. “We could have had a thousand witnesses however that might not have actually conquered the sort of silly arguments that individuals like McConnell and Caputo were hanging their hats on. If we ‘d charged dereliction of duty they would’ve stated: ‘That’s not an impeachable offense. You’ve got to deal with that within a military system. The president is not bound by the Code of Universal Armed Force Justice.’ And so on.”
Raskin chuckled at McConnell and other Republicans using scathing remarks about Trump and wishing to “have it both ways” after the trial. He stated the Republicans who voted to acquit were clearly attempting to “disentangle” themselves from the former president.
” We have no regrets at all. We left it totally out on the flooring of the U.S. Senate and every senator understood exactly what had actually happened, even return and listen to McConnell’s speech,” he concluded.
Newsweek connected to Raskin’s office in addition to representatives for Trump Sunday morning.