As rare as it is for the President of the U.S. to get impeached, it’s even rarer for them to brag about how their defense team has been able to conceal evidence during their impeachment trial. But after reading through one of Rolling Stones’ most recent posts, it appears President Donald Trump has done just this. But this wouldn’t be the first time President Trump has made an outlandish comment publicly.
According to the source, Trump has stated that he is happy with the way the impeachment trial is going. The President also said “We’re doing very well.I got to watch [the impeachment trial] enough. I thought our team did a very good job. But honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.” The comment was made while Trump was attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Rolling Stones went on to explain that the Trump administration has “ignored subpoenas for documents” and even “directed individuals not to respond to subpoena requests since the beginning of the impeachment process.” During the impeachment trial that was held for former President Bill Clinton, his administration turned over more than 90,000 pages of documents and materials.
How will the Trump administration’s lack of compliance with Congress’ requests for documents affect his trial?
In the past, Trump has avoided having to fork over information during certain investigations by “bashing them” or calling them “illegitimate or a witch hunt.” But during his impeachment trial, he doesn’t appear to be holding back much, except for the information that could potentially affect his chances of remaining President. During that same press conference that was held in Davos after the impeachment trial began, Trump not only gave a sarcastic remark toward a question that asked about whether he would ever attend his own impeachment trial, but as we mentioned, he also admitted that his administration had all the documents the other party did not.
After the comment was made, one of the House impeachment managers, Val Demings, tweeted this: “The second article of impeachment was for obstruction of Congress: covering up witnesses and documents from the American people. This morning the President not only confessed to it, he bragged about it.”
Although Trump seems to be feeling rather pleased with how the impeachment trial is unfolding, his bragging about withholding evidence may not support his case. The fact is, he has been accused of abusing his power to cheat an election, pressuring the Ukrainian President to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, etc. and all of it can no longer be brushed under the rug.
Perhaps Trump has exuded such a high level of confidence because he has reputable criminal defense lawyers representing him in court rather than him having to attend on his own. The fact is, when you have a dependable criminal defense attorney working on your side, you can go into a trial feeling more confident and at ease, although Trump may want to consider toning down his down a bit and maybe even refrain from making additional comments that could be used against him during the impeachment trial.