After Senate Republicans shot down a vote to call further witnesses to testify in the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump, the rest of the proceedings are little more than a formality in what is all but certain to end with Donald Trump's acquittal.
With that assured, one of the lawyers defending Donald Trump—Pat Cipollone—thanked the President on the Senate floor.
Watch his remarks at the -2:42:00 mark below.
Cipollone thanked the members of the defense team and Republicans in the House before saying:
"I also want to thank the President of the United States...and for all he has done on behalf of the American people."
Though few Republicans voted to call witnesses, multiple Republican lawmakers have acknowledged that the President's actions were wrong and corrupt, but not meritorious of impeachment.
Regardless, it's a huge dishonor for Trump, the third President of the United States to face an impeachment trial in the Senate.
That his defense counsel chose to thank him for his work in the face of mounting evidence that Trump solicited a foreign power to influence the 2020 election was repulsive to many.
Can you believe that? Not only will he be acquitted on Wednesday, but his attorney "thank[ed] the president ... on… https://t.co/rjFhcRQVRY— Jo Conklin #Freedom #VoteBlue #Resister (@Jo Conklin #Freedom #VoteBlue #Resister)1580757688.0
This is ridiculous. https://t.co/BhUuAHGP6o— Geoffrey Sorensen (@Geoffrey Sorensen)1580756625.0
It was an embarrassment to watch https://t.co/6I58i4Yk55— Matthew L. Reznicek (@Matthew L. Reznicek)1580758445.0
@mehdirhasan "Thank you oh glorious leader for your intelligence, patience and giving us another opportunity to cel… https://t.co/BYraQyTqa3— Anghus (@Anghus)1580760448.0
"I like his policies so he can do no wrong!" coupled with some nauseating sycophancy and groveling to an unfit, uns… https://t.co/jgNncj2zEU— RationalLeft (@RationalLeft)1580756936.0
@mehdirhasan These chumps are so well trained they just do it on their own at this point— hiss driver 2020 (@hiss driver 2020)1580758557.0
@sbg1 I just threw up in my mouth!! All he has done??— TXPHred (@TXPHred)1580762261.0
@sbg1 as one American person, let me say that the WH counsel does not speak for me.— Chris Edelson (@Chris Edelson)1580756516.0
Once the Senate acquits him, President Trump is expected to tout that he was "totally exonerated," despite the mountain of documents and bevy of witnesses he hid from the House of Representatives—a move later endorsed by the Republican Senate.