“They said in their brief, ‘We have overwhelming evidence’ – and they’re afraid to make their case,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone incredulously noted Tuesday, chiding Senate Democrats’ demands for more witnesses and investigations in the Senate impeachment trial judging House Democrats’ impeachment case against President Donald Trump.
In his Senate remarks in defense of Trump, Cipollone said that any court in the nation would throw out a case “in two seconds” if a prosecutor told a judge his evidence was “overwhelming,” but he couldn’t proceed because it wasn’t enough:
“Think about it, think about it. It’s common sense: overwhelming evidence to impeach the president of the United States – and, then, they come here on the first day, and they say, ‘You know what? We need some more evidence.’
“Now, let me tell you something. If I showed up in any court in this country and I said, ‘Judge, my case is overwhelming, but I’m not ready to go yet. I need more evidence before I can make my case,' I would get thrown out in two seconds.
“And, that’s exactly what should happen here. That’s exactly what should happen here.”
In fact, the brief filed by House Democrat impeachment managers six times declares that they have already collected “overwhelming” evidence of Trump’s guilt:
1. “The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty of both.”
2. “Overwhelming evidence shows that President Trump solicited these two investigations in order to obtain a personal political benefit, not because the investigations served the national interest.”
3. “The House of Representatives gathered overwhelming evidence of President Trump’s misconduct, which is summarized in the attached Statement of Material Facts and in the comprehensive reports prepared by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on the Judiciary.”
4. “Based on the overwhelming evidence of the President’s misconduct in attempting to thwart the impeachment inquiry, the House approved the Second Article of Impeachment, for obstruction of Congress.”
5. “Stressing the ‘overwhelming’ evidence of misconduct already uncovered by the investigation, on December 3, 2019, the Intelligence Committee released a detailed nearly 300-page report documenting its findings, which it transmitted to the Judiciary Committee.”
6. “Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that the announcement of investigations on which President Trump conditioned the official acts had no legitimate policy rationale, and instead were corruptly intended to assist his 2020 reelection campaign.”