President Donald Trump left Washington Wednesday morning while most of his former aides were still asleep. But he's going to need some help moving forward.
CNBC reported Thursday that as the Senate readies to take up the impeachment trial, the ex-president doesn't have a legal team or a strategy for dealing with it.
"The failure to prepare for the trial is consistent with Trump's behavior this month, where he did little actual work related to the presidency," the report said.
Among his final acts in office, he reportedly instructed staff not to pay Rudy Giuliani for legal services, which included months of attempts to overthrow the 2020 election. Giuliani has already said that he can't be on the legal team for Trump since he's named as being part of the case.
"Senate Democratic leaders as of Thursday morning said that they did not know when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will send them the article of impeachment passed last week by the House," the report said. "Ten GOP House members joined all Democratic members in approving the impeachment."
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that he hopes there is a legitimate trial this time, as opposed to the previous impeachment where Republicans refused to allow witnesses to be called and evidence to be submitted.
"You know, it isn't like, oh, did somebody come into the Capitol," Durbin said. "We know the Capitol policeman was killed, and we saw the damage that was done."
"In that respect, it isn't like what in the hell was going on in that telephone conversation with the Ukrainian president?" he also said of the trial.
Democrats hold control of the Senate in a 50/50 split, but there are Republicans who indicated they opposed the insurrection attempt on the Capitol and the attempt to overthrow the 2020 election. Americans overwhelmingly oppose the insurrection and last week, 57 percent of respondents said that it was an act of terrorism.
A Trump impeachment may seem useless since he is no longer in office, but if convicted Trump couldn't run for office again in 2024 and he would lose up to $1 million annually in pension, health care and staff. It would take 17 Republicans and all Democrats to convict Trump. For Republicans hoping to run for office in 2024, getting Trump out of the way would be helpful but it would kill them with Trump's voters.