Trump is winning the impeachment battle — but losing the war

President Trump’s lawyers begin presenting their case for why he shouldn’t be impeached on Saturday. But we already know what they’re going to say.

During Tuesday’s procedural battle over whether or not to hear new witness testimony as part of the trial, Trump’s defense team gave us a preview of what their arguments will look like: hyperbolic claims, little regard for the truth, strident attacks, and largely ignoring the legal arguments and evidence presented by the House impeachment managers over the last four days. On one level this strategy makes sense, undoubtedly pleasing the combative president and his base, while also reflecting the knowledge that the Senate is exceedingly unlikely to remove Trump from office.



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