White House Defense Team Widely Panned For “Incoherent” Presentation Filled With Lies, Process

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Jay Sekulow speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, 2011. Photo by Gage Skidmore. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial, it’s even more clear that Donald Trump’s defense team is simply unable to refute the incredibly damaging evidence collected against him.

Neither White House Counsel Pat Cipollone nor personal lawyer Jay Sekulow have offered a single defense of Trump’s actions. They can’t refute the evidence, so they’ve focused their arguments on process—or lied outright.

Here’s what folks are saying about the White House’s flailing defense strategy:

CNN: Fact Check: White House Counsel Falsely Claims Republicans Weren’t Allowed Into Closed Hearings

“[Cipollone] then immediately proceeded to talk about process, process, process… Whereas Schiff was really focused on substance, substance, substance of what actually occurred” — Gloria Borger, CNN


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Impeachment HQ is a new rapid response project that serves as a resource to talkers, reporters, and activists on the impeachment proceedings.

The new project is a joint effort from Defend the Republic, a messaging and strategic communications project focused on holding the Trump Administration accountable, and Stand Up America, one of the country’s largest grassroots advocacy organizations and a key group driving grassroots action on impeachment.

The project is led by Zac Petkanas, who was previously the Director of Rapid Response for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, Communications Director to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Senior Adviser to the Democratic National Committee.

The project is also supported by communicators, campaigners, and researchers from both Defend the Republic and Stand Up America—including Ryan Thomas, the Press Secretary for Stand Up America, who leads the communications team.

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