At 10:32 p.m., Trump filed his motion and it took the judge only 90 minutes to "plainly" deal with it. At 12:02 this morning, the judge filed a, "This is not how it's done" decision.
At one point, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly were, unquestionably, the two biggest names in cable news. Both personalities, though, have had a stunning fall from grace.
Kelly moved over to ABC via a megadeal, but left the network after she defended blackface live on air. She was last seen on Twitter trolling tennis champion Naomi Osaka.
It’s been a bit more than a week since the Matt Gaetz sex scandal began. Since then, it has seemed like the Florida congressman has made the wrong move at nearly every turn.
It also seems like Gaetz was expecting more support from the members of his own party. But nearly every fellow GOP lawmaker has remained silent, including Donald Trump.
In the months after Donald Trump’s election loss, many of the ex-president’s supporters attempted to find arguments that could overturn the results. And one of those main targets became Dominion voting machines.
Donald Trump will soon face an impeachment trial in the senate. Finding lawyers willing to defend him has been an issue. The 45th president is now on his second legal team after the first quit because he wouldn’t follow their strategy.
And the arguments to defend Trump aren’t great. MSNBC‘s Nicolle Wallace spent a Tuesday segment on her show picking them apart.
The host began, “Here’s what appears to be the very best they could come up with: ‘It is denied that the phrase ‘if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore’ had anything to do with the action at the Capitol. As it was clearly about the need to fight for election security.’ What? That’s not how the insurrectionists took Trump’s words at all.”
Wallace then continued:
“And this complicates the defense lawyer’s case too,” Wallace said. So, we all know now that Donald Trump went home and watched the insurrection unfold on live TV for hours and hours and hours. Didn’t even take calls. And he never rushed to Twitter to clarify, ‘whoa, whoa, wait, my supporters misunderstood me.’ He never addressed the American people as president until much, much later. Until much of the damage was already done hours after the Capitol was breached and even then, he told the insurrectionists he ‘loved them.'”
Over the entirety of his business career, Donald Trump has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits. He has quite a bit of experience with lawyers both good and bad.
During the Mueller Report, Trump had Ty Cobb, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow in his corner. In his first impeachment trial, Trump again had Sekulow representing him along with Pat Cipollone and Alan Dershowitz. Cipollone and Sekulow say they won’t return for a second trial.
But when the President tried to contest the election results back in November, his legal team looked a lot different. With any respected lawyer declining the case, Trump had to rely on his “elite strike force.”
This legal team, made up of Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Joe DeGenova was a walking disaster. Powell, who frequently spouted ludicrous conspiracy theories, is being sued for billions by Dominion voting machines.
Giuliani was even worse. Not only did he hold a press conference next to a sex shop, he also had hair dye drip down his face during one hearing and openly passed gas at another.
And now that Trump is facing a new impeachment trial, he may have run out of lawyers to replace the old ones. According to a report from Bloomberg, he could turn to supporters in Congress.
Bloomberg notes that Trump could be represented by Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik. Jordan did attend and graduate from law school, but he has never passed the bar in any state.
While Stefanik attended and graduated Harvard, her degree was not in law and she has no legal training.
A number of the president's lawyers wanted Kushner out, worrying that he would become a legal liability as the special counsel investigation intensified.
As the Russia scandal continues to hang over the White House, Trump and his staff would be smart to take it more seriously.