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Constitutional expert Turley says Trump impeachment defense ‘brilliant,’ ‘sophisticated,’ ‘effective’

Georgetown University law professor and constitutional expert Jonathan Turley praised President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team over its performance Saturday in rebutting Democrat House managers’ case.

“The House took a lot of hits below the waterline today,” Turley wrote on Twitter.

“These were powerful points that gave ample foundation for senators to support acquittal without agreeing with the Dershowitz theory or the suggestion that everything was ‘perfect.’ I liked the low key, fact-based argument,” he continued.

“The White House did a particularly good job explaining its position on refusing discovery and also the unfair process,” Turley added.

“Moreover, it was a brilliant decision to limit the opening to a few hours. The House subjected the Senate to mind-numbing repetition for 22 hours.”

Concluding, Turley wrote, “By giving up much of the first day, the White House gave a concise opening, relieved the jury, and pushed the main argument to Monday with a larger television audience.

“It was a sophisticated and effective strategy that paid off. A very strong start to their case.”



Earlier in the week, Turley criticized House impeachment co-manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) for making a “huge blunder” in delivering Democrats’ case.

“One of the things you teach law students is that when you make arguments to juries, make sure you don’t insult the jury,” Turley said during a panel discussion on CBS News.

“That is, you don’t want to make statements that make them feel stupid or ascribe any bad motivations to them, and if there was one major blunder during the argument it was Jerry Nadler, who got ahead of the skis a bit and said that the Senate could be engaged in a cover up, and when he said that, people on the floor recounted later that there was sort of a hush, a reaction from the Senators,” he added.




“This is not the place for that,” Turley continued. “And what was notable was that it was Lisa Murkowski, one of the Senators they are trying to get, who was the first to object outside the chambers and said that she was deeply insulted.

“You know, this is not just the most deliberative body, it’s the most defensive body, and if you actually call them traitors or conspirators in a cover up, it’s more likely that they’re going to join together than break apart,” Turley said.

Turley testified on behalf of Republicans during the House’s impeachment inquiry last fall, though he’s a self-avowed liberal who opposes much of President Trump’s agenda.

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