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Trump's defense threw gaslighting spaghetti at the wall

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We all knew President Trump's impeachment defense was going to be weak, hypocritical, and dishonest, but they really exceeded expectations. I've documented and analyzed every day of Trump's presidency since it began. I'm not surprised by much, but at times even I was stunned by their opening arguments.

Over three days of presentations, President Trump's lawyers threw gaslighting spaghetti at the wall so that Fox News could peel off what stuck and run them as soundbites for the GOP base. The disjointed nature of the arguments was jarring, as Trump's lawyers at times contradicted each other. It was also clear they didn't update their defense after the revelations from former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book were released, which reportedly confirm the quid pro quo at the core of this impeachment case. Many of the debunked arguments were the same we've heard for months, but if you listen to Trump's lawyers closely, their defense unraveled into what appeared to be a slow-moving confession.

First, they claimed President Trump did nothing wrong and his call with President Zelensky was fine. Next, they made the case against the use of impeachment itself. Then, they spread conspiracy theories about the Bidens and essentially claimed that Trump’s push for Ukraine to announce a Biden probe was justified. Finally, they claimed that abuse of power isn't impeachable and that even if Trump did launch an extortion plot, it wouldn’t have been an impeachable offense. This is an authoritarian view of executive power that believers of the conservative unitary executive........

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