The Senate impeachment trial drew to a close on Saturday as Democrats failed to get the necessary votes to convict former President Donald Trump.
Trump’s acquittal came in the wake of a spirited defense by his attorneys, including lawyer Bruce Castor, who pointed to how Democrats had failed to build a case against the president on a number of levels.
“Well, they failed miserably on all sorts of grounds, not the least of which is the jurisdiction over somebody out of office,” Castor told Fox News in an interview following the vote on Saturday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“The Constitution is quite plain that once you’re out of office, that’s the only active remedy upon the bringing up of an impeachment article,” he added.
Castor accused the Democratic House impeachment managers of serious misconduct, explaining that they “manufactured evidence and passed it off as true, but also selectively cut and re-cut the president’s statements such that they were out of context.”
As noted by PJ Media, House managers selectively edited clips from Trump’s Jan. 6 speech and interspersed them with footage of the rioting at the Capitol.
In an interview with CBSN, fellow lawyer Michael van der Veen explained other ways House managers blatantly doctored evidence.
“They switched the date of Twitter a year to try to connect it to this case,” he said, as Breitbart reported. “The other thing they did is they put a checkmark on something to make it look like it was a validated account when it wasn’t. And when they were caught, they didn’t say anything about it. They didn’t even try to come up with an excuse about it.”
Shoen bolsters defense
David Schoen, another defense attorney for Trump, also took shots at the House managers’ evidence during the trial.
“There is significant reason to doubt the evidence the House managers have put before us,” Schoen said during his defense.
“Let me say this clearly. We have reason to believe the House managers manipulated evidence and selectively edited footage,” he added.
Schoen explained that in a normal court of law, the House managers would face severe consequences for their actions. “If they did, and this were a court of law, they would face sanctions from the judge,” he said.