Trump's Defense Attorney Asked 'Why Are We Here?' During the Impeachment Trial and People Were Quick to Answer

ABC News

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial began in earnest in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after House impeachment manager, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), laid out the evidence against the President unveiled by House Democrats, one of Trump's defense attorneys—Jay Sekulow—asked a question in his rebuttal.

Sekulow asked:

"Why are we here? Are we here because of a phone call? Or are we here, before this great body, because since the president was sworn into office there was a desire to see him removed?"

Watch below.

In case you're in need of a refresher:

An anonymous whistleblower report reported a conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump urged Zelensky to announce investigations into former Vice President and 2020 presidential contender Joe Biden and into conspiracy theories about Ukrainian meddling in the 2016 election.

Witness testimony and corroborating documents further indicated that Trump withheld $391 million of congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine in exchange for the announcement of investigations. This evidence also signaled an improper channel in which the President's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, conducted foreign policy talks for the President's personal benefit.

The White House blocked all firsthand witnesses and relevant documents requested by the House, resulting in an additional article of impeachment for obstruction of Congress.

The House of Representatives then voted to impeach the President, spurring a trial in the Senate.

In short: Trump's actions, brought to light by the telephone call with Zelensky, point to foreign policy decisions being dictated by what's most politically beneficial to the President.

People didn't hesitate to remind Sekulow of just why it is that we are here.

It's worth noting that Sekulow himself has been implicated by Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who produced an email from Sekulow to another Trump attorney, John Dowd. Sekulow says in the email that he spoke with the President about Dowd representing Parnas against congressional subpoenas.

Sekulow's own email contradicted numerous denials by Trump that he had any idea who Parnas was.

Bottom line: People aren't buying Sekulow's spin.

The Senate trial of Donald Trump is just beginning.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The health crisis in the United States continues to worsen in the face of the global pandemic, passing the 100,000 mark of confirmed virus cases—just days after earning the grim distinction of having more cases than any other country in the world.

Due to a dire shortage of lifesaving medical equipment, governors across the country are imploring the federal government to invoke its powers to compel private companies to manufacture more equipment and oversee distribution of what's already available.

Keep reading... Show less
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The saying "While the cat's away the mice will play" refers to people taking advantage of the absence of oversight to do as they like. While that is an apt description for what is happening now with the Trump administration using the public's focus on the global pandemic to roll back environmental protections, perhaps a better saying is "The inmates are running the asylum."

In other words, those least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge.

Keep reading... Show less
Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images // Senate Television via Getty Images

In the face of the public health crisis that's upended daily life in the United States, the historical impeachment trial of President Donald Trump—which ended on February 5—feels like a lifetime ago, despite captivating. a nation as late as last month.

One of the chief criticisms of the Republican party during the proceedings was the claim that Democrats were trying to undo an election that was only months away, out of fear that Trump would be reelected.

Keep reading... Show less

Rocco DeLauri Sr./YouTube

President Donald Trump, his administration, and his allies continue to accuse the media of promoting hysteria even as the pandemic that has taken over the United States claims over 93,000 cases and 1,400 deaths.

Keep reading... Show less
MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

At a recent press briefing on the current health crisis facing the United States, President Donald Trump's pandemic response coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, made a highly misleading claim.

Birx said that "almost 40 percent" of the country had experienced a low level of spread of the virus despite having early casesk.

Keep reading... Show less
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

As the national health crisis in the United States continues to worsen, New York has quickly become the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

New York City alone has over 20,000 confirmed cases of the virus, and the state's death toll skyrocketed by 110% in just 36 hours this week. The urgency is only exacerbated by a shortage of crucial ventilators to combat the respiratory virus.

Keep reading... Show less