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The moment impeachment managers realized how corrupt Trump’s defense was

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  1. studegator

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/outl...t-4-0_opinion-card-c-right:homepage/story-ans
    Among those negotiations was a call on Dec. 5, when we reaffirmed all of the rights for Trump that Philbin was now claiming we had withheld: “The president had no opportunity to present his defense, no opportunity to present witnesses, no opportunity to be represented by counsel and no opportunity to present evidence whatsoever in three rounds of hearings,” he told the Senate. Which certainly wasn’t true of our committee.

    That was the moment I realized how dangerously deep the Trump rot went: The president’s lawyers could have defended him capably without stooping to this. Lawyers are not in place to repeat the excesses of their clients. And yet Trump had managed to finagle his team into an alarming display of mimicry. Falsehood was his stock in trade, and they were enthusiastic franchisees. Worse, the GOP-controlled Senate was all too ready to accept it.

    Now they had crossed that line in an attempt to deal with one of the hardest issues for them: arguing that our committee had somehow denied their boss due process. The Judiciary Committee had actually granted Trump the same fundamental protections that Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton had earlier: the ability to call witnesses, to submit or seek documents, to have counsel present in our committee, and on and on. And we had done so despite the fact that earlier presidents coopera
     
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  2. pcamera01

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    Perspective:

    Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

    An opinion piece as it clearly states.
     
  3. Trickster

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    Money and power corrupt most who come into contact with them. It’s so easy to give in, and, for those with any kind of moral compass, so difficult to rid oneself of the regret afterwards. (Those who find the OP “funny” can again forgo any intelligent response and find this one “funny”, too.)
     
  4. nolancarey

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    Very well. But also a piece from a person on the ground who was expressing the facts as they witnessed. So, also a partial definition of reportage.
     
  5. pcamera01

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    Granted but as we know, eye witness accounts are not always accurate (as our group of lawyers on here can attest)
     
  6. nolancarey

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    Nearly all reporting that isn't merely a consolidation of facts will have some elaboration of what those facts mean. Those can be biased, sure, but they can also be quite revelatory and enlightening. A simple statement of facts can be as un-illuminating as this description of Jurassic Park: "Internal issues cause delay of planned theme park opening".