White House Counsel Pat Cipollone began the first day of President Trump’s impeachment trial defense Saturday by characterizing the motives of the Democrats. 

“Today, we are going to confront them on the merits of their argument. Now they have the burden of proof and they have not come close to meeting it,” he said. “We will talk about the process arguments, but the process arguments also are compelling evidence on the merits, because it’s evidence they themselves don’t believe in the facts of their case.”

And if “they don’t really believe in the facts of their case, that this is, for all their talk about election interference, that they are here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” he stated. “And we can’t allow that to happen. It would violate our Constitution. It would violate our history.”



JAY ALAN SEKULOW: is chief counsel at the American Center for Law & Justice. He hosts a radio and television talk show. Sekulow is a frequent guest commentator on the Christian Broadcasting Network and the Fox News Channel. A self-described Messianic Jew, Sekulow built a legal and media empire over a thirty-year period by representing conservative, religious, pro-life groups.



KENNETH WINSTON STARR: (born July 21, 1946) is an American lawyer who served as a United States circuit judge and 39th Solicitor General of the United States. He is best known for heading an investigation of members of the Clinton administration, known as the Whitewater controversy.



ALAN MORTON DERSHOWITZ: is an American lawyer and academic. He is a scholar of United States constitutional law and criminal law. He has also been described as a noted civil libertarian.



PAMELA JO BONDI: acted as a former prosecutor and spokeswoman in Hillsborough County, Florida, where she was an Assistant State Attorney. Bondi resigned this position to seek the office of Attorney General of Florida. She has made guest appearances on Scarborough Country with Joe Scarborough and various other cable news programming on MSNBC and worked for Fox News as a guest host.



JANE SERENE RASKIN: was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her law degree, cum laude, from Boston College Law School. Ms. Raskin began her legal career with the Boston law firm Bingham, Dana & Gould (the former Bingham McCutcheon).



MR. ERIC D. HERSCHMANN: has been a Partner in the law firm of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP since 1996 and has been its National Lead Litigation Counsel since 1999. Mr. Herschmann joined Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP in 1996. Mr. Herschmann served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Union Co. since May 2008 until 2012.



ROBERT WILLIAM RAY: is an American lawyer practicing in the New York office of the Dallas-based law firm of Thompson & Knight, LLP. As the successor to Ken Starr as the head of the Office of the Independent Counsel, he investigated and issued the final reports on the Whitewater scandal, the White House travel office controversy, and the White House FBI files controversy. Before that he was Deputy Independent Counsel investigating former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy and before that Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.



MICHAEL PURPURA: is a deputy White House counsel who is part of the team defending President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial in the Senate. Purpura joined the White House staff at the same time as Pat Cipollone in late 2018.



PATRICK F. PHILBIN: is an American lawyer who serves as Deputy Counsel to the President and Deputy Assistant to the President in the Office of White House Counsel in the Donald J. Trump administration. He previously served as a political appointee in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration.


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The intent of this post is to familiarise my readers with the members of the president’s council in the impeachment trial. I copied all the paragraphs above from the Internet and tagged back to the source where I got them. I copied some paragraphs above off the Bing search page. There are links in each of the quotes that will take you to the page where I got the information.

Below I will include some links to my other posts about politics and impeachment. Have a good day and thanks for reading. Tomorrow will be the 2nd day The White House counsel presents its case to the Senate. I am looking forward to watching and hopefully it will be as engaging as the first two hours of their presentation.

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