If you were puzzled by Trump impeachment lawyer Jay Sekulow’s odd rant about “lawyer lawsuits” yesterday, you’re not alone. Turns out he misunderstood Rep. Val Demings’ reference to “FOIA lawsuits” and wasted several minutes of the Senate’s time on a moronic non-issue:
Here’s Jay Sekulow getting angry over “lawyer lawsuits” — a bizarre reference the Post ascribed to Sekulow mishearing Rep. Demings’s comment about “FOIA lawsuits.” (The White House later doubled down on Seklow’s mistake!) https://t.co/M29fEIe3XC pic.twitter.com/n84eEPnxyx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 22, 2020
The Post has a story about it here: An embarrassing moment for Trump’s legal team.
Appearing shortly after 6 p.m. on the Senate floor, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Jay Sekulow offered an indignant rebuke of the Democrats’ impeachment managers. What he was so incensed about: that they had allegedly referred to “lawyer lawsuits” in prosecuting the case against Trump.
“And by the way — lawyer lawsuits?” Sekulow began. “Lawyer lawsuits? We’re talking about the impeachment of a president of the United States, duly elected, and the members — the managers are complaining about lawyer lawsuits? The Constitution allows lawyer lawsuits. It’s disrespecting the Constitution of the United States to even say that in this chamber — lawyer lawsuits…”
What’s even more remarkable about the flap is that the White House actually stood by Sekulow’s allegation. Asked about the remark by reporters later in the night, White House legislative affairs director Eric Ueland reportedly walked away, only to return a while later — apparently after checking? — and suggest that Sekulow had not erred.
Make a monumentally dumb error, then double down on it. How on brand is that for Team Trump?
Also, a reminder: Sekulow is a grifter who parts wingnut evangelical fools from their money via a fraudulent nonprofit. Again, SO on brand!
Switching gears, Joe Biden’s campaign just released another video. It’s a long one featuring Andrew Bates, the campaign’s rapid response director — just a regular guy having a beer while explaining why Trump’s corruption accusation against Biden is self-serving horseshit. The words “horseshit” and “bullshit” are used, amplifying the regular guy down at the pub vibe…[Points off for the green grocer apostrophes laid over Trump’s “yelicopter” dialogue at the 3:16 mark.]
I think Biden’s campaign ads thus far have been pretty good. This one isn’t up to their usual standard, IMO, but it’s not an ad they’re going to run on TV. They want to get the facts about Biden’s activities in Ukraine out in a relatively succinct package for people to share on Facebook, etc. It’ll probably work just fine for that. Open thread.