Impeachment trial: What to expect from Trump's defence team
Trump listens as Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt speaks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House [File: Evan Vucci/AP Photo] [Daylife]
For three days, Democrats of the House of Representatives have unleashed a torrent of facts and legal logic, peppered with video clips and underpinned by slideshow presentations to show Trump orchestrated an improper pressure campaign on Ukraine, covered it up and should be removed from office.
Now it is the president’s turn and his legal team plans a blistering counterattack that will target Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and seek to undercut the fairness and constitutionality of the House’s case.
Led by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, the group will give a three-hour preview starting at 10am (15GMT) on Saturday of their defence of the president, which will provide talking points for Trump’s Republican allies in more widely watched Sunday talk shows. More will unfold in greater detail on Monday.
“I would call it a trailer, coming attractions,” Sekulow told reporters on Friday.
“We have three hours to put it out, so we’ll take whatever time is appropriate during that three house to kind of lay out what the case will look like,” Sekulow said.
“Next week is when you see the full presentation.”