CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Saturday he believes that President Trump’s legal team did well during their opening arguments at his Senate impeachment trial, but pointed out that the attorneys were all white men.
“Again, I just think the Republicans are winning here. The president is winning here. And as long as they don’t completely fall on their faces, which they’re all competent lawyers, they’re not going to do that, I think that’s fine for them,” Toobin argued.
He went onto note that the president’s lawyers raised a “legitimate” point by emphasizing the Trump’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 continued, according to the Washington Examiner.
But then Toobin said the team has one major flaw, per se: Too many white men and no diversity.
In comments, the analyst made the quip “White House and white people,” while adding that the president has too many “white men” as lawyers.
“It was all white men today,” he continued. “There are two white women allegedly on the team, we’ll see if they’re allowed to argue.”
Toobin then praised House Democrats for their racially diverse team of impeachment managers.
“I mean, you know, this is a lesson in the diversity of the two parties,” he said. “I mean you look at the House managers, it was almost evenly divided between men and women. It was, you had two African-Americans, you had a Hispanic.”
Toobin did not explain how racial diversity would help or hinder the president’s case.
He did, however, note that television is “a visual medium,” and when you have one side that “has a very diverse team” while the other is comprised of “all white men,” it “says something in and of itself.”