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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone: Impeachment Would Be "The Most Massive Interference In An Election In American History"

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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone began the first day of President Trump's impeachment trial defense Saturday by characterizing the motives of the Democrats.

"Today, we are going to confront them on the merits of their argument. Now they have the burden of proof and they have not come close to meeting it," he said. "We will talk about the process arguments, but the process arguments also are compelling evidence on the merits, because it's evidence they themselves don't believe in the facts of their case."

And if "they don't really believe in the facts of their case, that this is, for all their talk about election interference, that they are here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history," he stated. "And we can't allow that to happen. It would violate our Constitution. It would violate our history."

PAT CIPPOLONI: They come here to the Senate and they ask you, remove a president, tear up the ballots in all of your states, and they don't bother to read the key evidence of the discussion of burden-sharing that's in the call itself. That's emblematic of their entire presentation.

I'm going to turn the presentation over to my colleague Mike Purpura. He's going to walk you through many more examples of this. And with each example, ask yourself, why am I just hearing about this now, after 24 hours of sitting through arguments? Why? And the reason is, we can talk about the process, we will talk about the law, but today we're going to confront them on the merits of their argument.

Now, they have the burden of proof. And they have not come close to meeting it. In fact, and I want to ask you to think about one issue regarding process, beyond process. If you were really interested in finding out the truth, why would you run a process the way they ran? If you were really confident in your position on the facts, why would you lock everybody out of it from the president's side? Why would you do that?

We will talk about the process arguments, but the process arguments also are compelling evidence on the merits, because it's evidence they themselves don't believe in the facts of their case. And the fact that they came here for 24 hours and hid evidence from you is further evidence that they don't really believe in the facts of their case, that this is, for all their talk about election interference, that they are here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history.

And we can't allow that to happen. It would violate our Constitution. It would violate our history. It would violate our obligations to the future. And most importantly, it would violate the sacred trust that the American people have placed in you, and have placed in them. The American people decide elections. They have one coming up in nine months.

So we will be very efficient. We will begin our presentation today. We will show you a lot of evidence that they should have showed you. And we will finish efficiently and quickly so we can all go have an election.



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