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Fox News host Chris Wallace is once again going after former President Donald Trump.
During a segment this week, Wallace applauded Democrats’ efforts in the Senate impeachment trial and said they have made some “very good” arguments in favor of convicting Trump.
Wallace said the Democrats’ impeachment managers have made “strong” and “emotional” arguments against Trump.
“I thought it was a very powerful opening,” Wallace said. “It had a lot of substance to it. It had a lot of technological slickness to it. The video of the events of January 6. The use of graphics to make the point about what’s in the Constitution. The historical precedent,” Wallace began.
“I thought what was particularly in a legal, as opposed to the emotional side, in a very strict legal argument. I thought Joe Neguse, the congressman from Colorado, made a particularly strong argument,” he said.
“What he did, he took a conservative legal philosophy, originalism, textualism, read the Constitution exactly as it was written, and used that against the president,” he continued.
“I thought his close was very strong. ‘What happened on January 6,’ he said, ‘is the framers’ worst nightmare come to life,’ and that a president can’t enflame insurrection and run away. You are going to hear this over and over again — ‘January exception.’ The idea that a president commits crimes, allegedly, and then leavse office, and somehow he’s thereby off the hook,” Wallace said.
“I will say one last thing as someone who’s covered a lot of trials. When you hear one side’s argument it seems like that’s overwhelming — and how could there be any argument on the other side?” Wallace smugly asked.
He concluded: “The defense is going to take two hours now to present the reasons why this trial shouldn’t be held, and I’m sure they will make a lot of good points, too. So let’s just wait and listen.”
The impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump kicked off in the Senate on Tuesday, beginning with debate over the constitutionality of the House prosecuting a president who has already left office.
After four hours of arguments by each side, the Senate affirmed by a vote of 56-44 that it is constitutional to try a former president.
Below are the six Senate Republicans:
- Mitt Romney
- Susan Collins
- Lisa Murkowski
- Pat Toomey
- Ben Sasse
- Bill Cassidy
Trump’s lead counsel Bruce Castor opened his arguments with praise for the impeachment managers’ “outstanding presentation,” adding that no member of the Trump team will voice anything but a condemnation of the rioters on Jan. 6.
Castor argued Democrats want to convict Trump because they fear he’ll run again in 2024.
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He conceded: “We changed what we were going to do on account that we thought that the House managers’ presentation was well done.”
Castor’s main argument is that the electoral system worked and Democrats got what they wanted — to remove Trump from office — as he lost the election to Joe Biden.
David Schoen, another attorney for Trump, also went scorched earth on Tuesday during his opening remarks of the Senate impeachment trial, arguing that Democrats are only using impeachment as a tool for revenge.
Schoen argued that impeachment is not valid without removal, and since Trump is no longer in office, he cannot actually be “removed.”