Trump impeachment lawyer Bruce Castor shrugs off criticism

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An impeachment defense lawyer for former President Donald Trump is defending himself against criticism that his speech to the Senate was not particularly effective.

Bruce Castor, who delivered the defense’s opening argument on Tuesday, expressed that he’s not putting much stock in those critiques.

“You put 100 people in the same room, you’re going to get 100 different opinions,” he told the Wall Street Journal.

Trump was impeached by the House on an article of incitement of insurrection in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. His legal team argues that his speech is protected by the First Amendment and that a former president cannot be subject to the impeachment process under the Constitution.

However, six Republicans broke ranks on Tuesday, voting with Democrats and the independents who caucus with them to vote in favor of proceeding with the trial. Noting how one extra GOP senator, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, voted differently on the constitutionality question than one month ago, Cassidy insisted, “I believe we had a good day.”

Castor’s rambling defense of the 45th president earned negative reviews from Republicans and Trump allies. Even Trump himself is said to be upset with the performance.

Another member of Trump’s legal defense team, David Schoen, was interviewed Tuesday night by Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said the opening seemed “extemporaneous” and “somewhat meandering.” Hannity then asked if the rest of the arguments would be “more focused” and “more prepared.”

“[Because] some conservatives called me and said, ‘Whoa, we need somebody harder hitting here,'” Hannity added.

“Today, he hadn’t planned on going,” Schoen replied in Castor’s defense. “So I’m sure that they’ll be very well prepared in the future and do a great job in the case.”

Schoen and Castor joined the former president’s defense less than 10 days ago after other lawyers parted ways with Trump.

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