President Donald Trump's lawyers didn't impress many in the Senate on Tuesday, even among those who will cast their ballots for the former president regardless of the arguments. But one Democrat described it using a unique analogy.
"These two guys -- this was the Four Seasons Landscaping of the legal profession," said Sen. Chris Coons (R-DE), joking about the former president's past lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who meant to hold a press conference at the Four Seasons hotel and booked a landscaping company's parking lot instead.
"I listened to this argument today, both of the arguments, and I'm not even a lawyer, and those lawyers, Mr. Castor and Mr. Schoen sounded like they didn't prepare," said the MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid. "Like they woke up this morning and said, 'We have to go and do an impeachment defense' and just talked off the top of their heads. And you even had a lot of Republicans say that. We had Garrett Haake on earlier, who has been talking to them, and they were like, 'they stunk up the place.'"
She noted that Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) even mocked the lawyers for rambling "on and on." She noted that CNN was reporting that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) similarly thought it was "bad." Yet, still, so many of them voted to support their argument.
"I've talked to a couple of Republican senators, and I got to tell you, listening to those two, this was the Four Seasons Landscaping of the legal profession," said Sen. Coons. "This was some of the weakest argumentation I've ever heard, particularly the first one. I mean just on and on and on without any clear focus or purpose."
He then mocked the lawyers doing his own version of the legal argument: "'I see a senator up there. He's from Pennsylvania. I see another senator up there. He's from Pennsylvania too.' I mean, this was bad. This was just bad legal argumentation, not well-founded, not well thought out, not very compelling."
When Mr. Schoen came to speak with the constitutional argument, Sen. Coons said that Democrats cited 150 constitutional law professors and scholars from both sides. Even the lawyer that Trump's team cited spoke out on Twitter, denouncing the way they characterized the argument.
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