WH counsel buries Dems for ‘domestic election interference,’ turns Pelosi’s own words against her

White House counsel Pat Cipollone buried Democrats in the final day of questions from senators in President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Trump’s lead defense lawyer leveled one scathing rebuke after another at Democrats and the impeachment managers pressing the sham case against the president, calling them out Thursday for committing “domestic election interference” and warning them that they will pay the price at the ballot box.

(Source: C-SPAN2)

Responding to a question about the “partisan nature of the proceedings in the House” read by Chief Justice John Roberts who is presiding over the trial, Cipollone turned the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi against her when she warned that impeachment was too divisive.

“That’s dispositive, that should end it,” he said before the Senate Thursday. “Speaker Pelosi was right when she said that. Unfortunately, she didn’t follow her own advice.”

“We have never been in a situation where we have the impeachment of a president in an election year with the goal of removing the president from the ballot,” he said.

“As I have said before, that is the most massive election interference we’ve ever witnessed. It’s domestic election interference. It’s political election interference and it’s wrong,” Cipollone continued, noting the “horrible consequences to our country.”

“They would tear us apart for generations, and the American people would not accept it,” he added, noting the motives behind the partisan House vote on the impeachment inquiry.

“If you are going to start an impeachment investigation, particularly in an election year, there needs to be political accountability to the American people. You can’t just go have a press conference,” he said.

“If you’re going to say that the votes of the American people need to be disallowed, that all of the ballots need to be torn up. Then at the very least you need to be accountable to your home district for that decision and now they are,” Cipollone argued.

“And if the American people decide, if they’re allowed to vote, if the American people decide that they don’t like what’s happened here, that they don’t like the Constitutional violations that have happened, that they don’t like the attack on a successful president, for purely partisan political purposes – then they can do something about it and they can throw them out. That’s why a vote’s important,” he said.

Cipollone also torched impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff along with his Democrat cohorts in a blistering rebuke for “falsely accusing the president of wanting to cheat” while they are the ones doing the cheating.

“Talk about cheating! You don’t even want to face him,” he said.

(Source: CNN)

“I listened to manager Schiff come up here and say he won’t even dignify a legitimate question about his staff with a response, because he won’t stand here and listen to people on his staff be besmirched, who will join his staff.”

“Since the beginning of this Congress, manager Schiff, the other House managers and others in the House have falsely accused the president and they have come here and done it. The vice president, the secretary of state, the attorney general, the chief of staff, lawyers on my staff –  false accusations, calumny after calumny in dulcet tones, and that is wrong!” Cipollone said.

“I think it’s time in this country that we start — or that we stop assuming that everybody has horrible motives, in the puritanical rage of just everybody is doing something wrong, except for you,” he added, addressing Schiff. “You cannot be questioned. That’s part of the problem here.”

The lawyer’s brutal takedown was cheered on Twitter:


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