Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin (screengrabs)
President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team was harshly criticized for pushing debunked conspiracy theories to distract from the facts.
Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann pushed the conspiracy theory, which originated from Russian intelligence, on Monday.
The pair were harshly criticized for the distraction.
Here's some of what people were saying:
The entire Trump defense team is pitching a story made up by Russian intelligence services. This is truly remarkable.— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce) 1580163252.0
Pam Bondi may well be decorated by Russian intelligence services for this performance.— Charles P. Pierce (@Charles P. Pierce) 1580162664.0
The aggressive disingenuousness really starts to strain one's sanity.— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes) 1580162130.0
Republicans have thrown every conspiracy theory under the sun to protect Trump and nothing has stuck. A majority th… https://t.co/IxBrywyr77— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali) 1580163547.0
We’re all so desensitived by now but this is truly wild. Pam Bondi is going full-on reddit conspiracy theory on the Bidens.— Paul McLeod (@Paul McLeod) 1580162798.0
If you are wondering why I'm no longer tweeting about the legal arguments, it's because the @realDonaldTrump team h… https://t.co/NbbhMqhXBt— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal) 1580163468.0
An impeachment defense based on whataboutism, including a fiction created by Russian intelligence, is, unfortunatel… https://t.co/Nb26JK5U8h— Nicholas Grossman (@Nicholas Grossman) 1580164461.0
This appears to be the first time the White House team has articulated the Biden conspiracy theory in opening args.… https://t.co/gevXb0lIKa— Adam Klasfeld (@Adam Klasfeld) 1580162797.0
If there was a Judge in the room, this would have been stopped a long time ago and two lawyers would be in jail for… https://t.co/YXjxM8SzUM— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart) 1580164228.0
The lying never stops. https://t.co/9o6FiqVtPK— George Conway (@George Conway) 1580162782.0
I see we are on to the constitutionally prescribed portion of the trial in which the defense advances a series of c… https://t.co/EgqcVzNiBS— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1580162451.0
This grave moment in our Nation’s history should be decided by dutiful examination of witness testimony and relevan… https://t.co/EKqC9aaWHH— Senator Bob Casey (@Senator Bob Casey) 1580155726.0
Ken Starr and Pam Bondi. Was Better Call Saul unavailable— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder) 1580165786.0
@realDonaldTrump I mean, @realDonaldTrump is on trial for his presidency and he's STILL demanding that somehow his… https://t.co/kuMS5QHfhL— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal) 1580165446.0
The GOP is 0 for EVERY SINGLE STUPID CONSPIRACY THEORY they have ever concocted, and there have been MANY. Zero i… https://t.co/5pnsrXt3lR— Pam Keith, Esq. (@Pam Keith, Esq.) 1580164556.0
Pro-Putin conspiracy theory hour on the Senate floor, courtesy Trump's lawyers.— David Atkins (@David Atkins) 1580163118.0
Closer than you know https://t.co/n1JwCkNwh8— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1580165084.0
#Trump defense now putting Obama on trial. #ImpeachmentTrial. Anybody but Trump.— Maya Wiley (@Maya Wiley) 1580165517.0
She's back https://t.co/Q8vdvIECNY— Daniel Uhlfelder (@Daniel Uhlfelder) 1580161385.0