One Republican senator believes that President Donald Trump’s legal team delivered a haymaker this weekend.
According to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Trump’s legal team “shredded” the Democrats’ case for impeachment — a case that took them several days and nearly 24 hours to present — in just two hours of opening arguments on the Senate floor on Saturday.
According to Breitbart, Ernst spoke with reporters Saturday after Trump’s legal team began presenting their opening arguments. Like the House’s Democrat impeachment managers last week, the president’s defense team has up to 24 hours, spread across three days, to make their case.
“I thought today was an incredible two hours, and within two hours, I thought that the White House counsel and their team entirely shredded the case that has been presented by the House managers,” Ernst told reporters, according to Breitbart. “What we heard today was very concise; it was full of truths and facts, as presented by the House managers’ own witnesses. It was not filled with half-truths and personal stories.”
Ernst went on to contrast this with what the senators had heard from House Democrats over the previous several days.
“What we saw today was factual, relevant to what is going on in the Senate, and it points out that there have been a lot of half-truths promulgated by the House managers and absolutely pushed by the media as well,” she asserted, according to the Daily Caller.
Ernst is far from the only one who saw what happened on Saturday this way. “It’s over,” Fox News’ Jesse Watters said of Dems’ case on Saturday. “Their whole case is based on someone’s speculation that was wrong. The Democrats have no witness who provides any evidence of a quid pro quo. They never did because it never happened.”
Indeed, Trump’s legal team put on a performance that was the complete opposite of the House’s: where the Dems were all over the place trying to piece their narrative together, Trump’s team was direct; where the Dems were confrontational, Trump’s team was respectful; and, most noticeably, where the Dems were lengthy, Trump’s team was concise.
In fact, the defense did such a good job that many seem to have forgotten that they were really only presenting an overview of what they plan to show this upcoming week.
But we’re not done yet
After Trump’s legal team finishes presenting their argument, there is expected to be a vote in the Senate on whether to allow further witnesses to testify, according to The Hill. For her part, Ernst told reporters that she, at least at this point, would likely not be in favor of hearing further testimony.
Of course, Trump supporters shouldn’t get too far ahead of themselves. Still, the bottom line is that the president’s legal team is off to a great start.
The show is expected to get back on the road Monday at 1 p.m. EST.