Trump Lawyer Shows Democrats 'Hid' Crucial Evidence that Absolves the President
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone notes how Dems skipped the mention of burden-sharing
Donald Trump's lead attorney in the impeachment trial has revealed to the Senate that Democrats intentionally "hid" crucial evidence that would absolve the president of the charges against him.
House Democrats' case against President Trump rests on the notion that freezing foreign aid to Ukraine was an unprecedented move by the administration.
As Townhall's Cortney O'Brien points out, however, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone revealed to senators, and the nation, that a key piece of evidence was conveniently omitted from the Democrats' presentations.
"They didn't tell you that burden-sharing was discussed in the call," Cipollone said Saturday, in reference to Trump's Jully 25 2019 phone conversation with the president of Ukraine.
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Cipollone points out that, in his call with the newly elected leader, Trump told Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky that Germany and other European nations do "almost nothing" for them.
According to transcripts of the conversation, Zelensky said Trump was "absolutely right."
House Democrats "didn't have time in 24 hours to tell you this [in their impeachment remarks]," Cipollone said.
Cipollone's argument even resonated with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin who, in his analysis of the Trump defense team's remarks, acknowledged the president's lawyers raised a "legitimate" point by underscoring the president's longstanding concerns with foreign aid and burden-sharing among nations.
"They did make one good point about [the transcript], I thought, which was the president did about burden-sharing in that phone call, and the House managers didn't focus on that or even mention it. And fair is fair," he said, the Washington Examiner reported.
"He has talked about it before, and that was, I thought, a very legitimate good point made by the defense," he added.
Toobin also acknowledged that Trump is "winning" the impeachment case against him.
True to the adage, the president's counsel showed on Saturday that the best defense is a strong offense.
In his remarks before the Senate, Deputy White House counsel Mike Purpura went on the offensive and highlighted "six key facts" that exonerate Trump of wrongdoing.
Among them, according to Purpura, is that the transcript of Trump's call with Zelensky "shows that the president did not condition either security assistance or a meeting on anything."
In fact, "the paused security assistance funds aren't even mentioned on the call," Purpura said.
"The Democrats' blind eye to impeach the president does not and cannot change the fact, as attested to by the Democrats' own witnesses, that President Trump has been a better friend and supporter of Ukraine than his predecessor," he explained.
"Those are the facts."