'I'll have to do better next time,' Trump attorney says after Republican criticism of impeachment opening

USA Today

Nicholas Wu and Christal Hayes USA TODAY
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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s attorney David Schoen said he would “have to do better next time” after several Republican senators criticized Monday’s presentation by Trump’s legal team, with one calling them “disorganized” and some instead praising the case made by Democratic impeachment managers.

Schoen said he thought the House managers “did a good job” and acknowledged the criticisms made by some, including Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., that their arguments didn’t stick.

“I'm sorry he felt that way,” Schoen said of Cassidy’s critiques. “I’ll have to do better next time.”

Cassidy was one of six Republican senators who voted Monday to deem the impeachment trial constitutional and move forward with the proceedings. The Senate is debating whether to convict Trump for inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Trump's lawyers had argued it would be unconstitutional to go forward with the trial because Trump was no longer in office, whereas House prosecutors, known as managers, argued the opposite based on historical and legal precedent. 

Publish : 2021-02-10 11:05:00

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