The defense team in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial spent its second day of arguments defending Rudy Giuliani, bashing House Democrats, and ignoring bombshell developments regarding former National Security Advisor John Bolton that broke in the days before.
The team went after a familiar target in a performance that was likely for an audience of one: Donald Trump.
Trump lawyer Eric Herschmann spent nearly 15 minutes making the case for impeachment...against former President Barack Obama.
Herschmann claimed that Obama engaged in a quid pro quo with then-Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev when Obama said he'd have more flexibility regarding a missile defense deal with Russia if Medvedev gave him space ahead of the 2012 election.
Obama did not ask Medvedev for dirt on his 2012 opponent, Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), but said that he'd be in a better position to compromise when the country wasn't in the midst of an election.
Nevertheless, Herschmann went on to say:
"The case against President Obama would have been far stronger than the allegations against President Trump. President Obama's abuse of power to benefit his own political interests was there and is here now for everyone to hear. It was a direct, unquestionable quid pro quo."
It's by no means an unfamiliar sight: a Trump surrogate bloviating about Barack Obama to distract or defend Trump's actions. Trump inexplicably still rails against Obama and his 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, over three years after the election.
This was the best his team could do?
This “Obama did it too” speech by Herschmann is an unbelievably bad faith reading of a president that even I was c… https://t.co/eNRolswRWz— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1580165258.0
It’s amazing how much head space Pres Obama takes up in Eric Herschmann and the rest of the GOPs head https://t.co/KKBrMnjF7e— Disillusioned Independent (@Disillusioned Independent)1580165532.0
Apparently Eric Herschmann’s whole defense of Trump is “Hey guys remember how much we hate Obama?”— xannie the nanny (@xannie the nanny)1580165622.0
Eric Herschmann’s entire argument is “Obama got away with it, why can’t Trump?” https://t.co/kLdmGj3bS6— Shannon Loftis (@Shannon Loftis)1580165512.0
Eric Herschmann (Trump’s lawyer) appears to be arguing for Obama’s impeachment. 🤔— J. Dice 🎲 (@J. Dice 🎲)1580165579.0
Why, why, why are we talking about President Obama? This had swerved into crazytown, Fox News, right wing conspirac… https://t.co/w7le46WcoC— Sherry Knowlton (@Sherry Knowlton)1580165649.0
OMG we are really sitting here listening to .. "BUT Obama!" "Obama didn't find Russia #1 threat" while at the same… https://t.co/AOgh3qfa5d— Karen Walker for VP (@Karen Walker for VP)1580165620.0
Eric Herschmann defend YOUR client's actions and behavior You can't, so you continue to bring up others. Attempti… https://t.co/j5lte5No2G— Darrell Bear (@Darrell Bear)1580165930.0
Today begins the final day of opening arguments from Trump's defense team. Get ready to hear Obama's name even more.