Donald Trump’s Attorney: No Witnesses, Please

Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald J. Trump’s lead lawyers, doesn’t want any hearsay at Trump’s Impeachment trial. He said, “You cannot impeach a president based on an unsourced allegation.”

Sure, that makes sense. The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right to be confronted with the witnesses in a criminal trial, so why not for an Impeachment trial?

In this case, Sekulow spoke in regard to former National Security Adviser John Bolton. Bolton allegedly said that he heard Trump tie in aid to Ukraine with Ukraine agreeing to an investigation of the Bidens.

So the obvious solution is to have Bolton himself testify at the Impeachment trial so it’s not unsourced but is direct from the witness, right? No–Trump’s team (and political party) wants to stop Bolton from testifying.

I wonder how that would work if everybody who was going on trial could choose which witnesses, if any, could testify against them. It might go something like this:

“Your honor, the Prosecution wishes to present its first witness to the crime who–”

“Objection, your honor; the Defense objects to this witness testifying.”

“In that case, your honor, the Prosecution wants to present a second witness to the crime who–”

“The Defense objects, your honor; we don’t want that witness testifying either.”

“All right. Well, that still leaves us the victim who–”

“The Defense objects.”

“The Prosecution has no further witnesses.”

“In that case,” says the Judge, “case dismissed.”

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14 Responses to Donald Trump’s Attorney: No Witnesses, Please

  1. Miley Spears says:

    It’s majorly crazy. They just don’t want people hearing the truth. How can they block witnesses from testifying in America?

  2. Michael Viviano says:

    They don’t want hearsay. They don’t want to hear what the witnesses have to say.

  3. Caleb T. says:

    Donald Trump wants witnesses just not LYING witnesses! Bolton is a fraud trying to sell books. There are NO REAL witnesses against Trump!

  4. Dharma says:

    It’s really sad. How can we learn the truth if they don’t want anyone who knows it to speak? I believe people have the right to know what their president is doing and has done.

  5. Christian Andy says:

    Deuteronomy 19:15 says “One witness shall not rise against a man concerning any iniquity or any sin that he commits; by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.

  6. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    I avoid political arguments because they cause conflict and hurt. But shouldn’t witnesses have the right to testify?

  7. Briana Tear says:

    “No Witnesses” by Keaton Henson

  8. Tanya Nipandtuck says:

    Dismissing the case cuz of no witnesses is exactly what they want to do.

  9. That’s one thing I like about politics here in the good ole UK. Everything here makes perfect sense and is done in perfect harmony.

    Can we say ‘Brexit?’

  10. Bob Loftin says:

    During my college years and afterward I used to listen to Talk back with Bob Larson on the local Christian radio station. Just because it was funny and so absurd. This guy Jay Sekulow used to do these little “public service announcements“ that I suppose were syndicated across Christian radio around the country. They usually had to do with some perceived but nonexistent persecution of Christians. I can’t believe this clown is now serving a President.

    • This led me to learn some things I did not know about Jay Sekulow. Note that I am not attempting to make an *ad hominem* or “against the man” argument here. Whether or not Sekulow is considered a saint or a sinner or something else makes no difference in the validity of his statement above. I also acknowledge that he is being paid to be an attorney for Donald Trump, so by American legal and moral standards is obligated to assist his client.

      But I do find his background interesting. From his Wikipedia article (see link below):

      “Charity finances

      “In November 2005, *Legal Times* published an article which alleged that Sekulow ‘through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle—complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet that he once used to ferry Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.’ In the article, former donors and supporters claimed that Sekulow engaged in a pattern of self-dealing to finance his ‘high-flying lifestyle.’ According to a ranking by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a charity watchdog group, Sekulow was the 13th highest paid executive of a charitable organization in the United States.

      “ACLJ’s and CASE’s tax returns show that between 1998 and 2011 they paid more than $33 million to Sekulow, members of his family, and businesses owned or co-owned by them; from 2011 to 2015, the two charities paid $5.5 million to Sekulow and members of his family, and $23 million to their businesses. Since 2011, donations to ACLF are routed through Sekulow’s family-run CASE, and many ‘transactions that benefit members of the Sekulow family are disclosed on the CASE returns, but not the ACLJ’s.’ Between 2011 and 2015, the ACLJ, the ‘public face of the two nonprofits,’ collected nearly $230 million in charitable donations.

      “On June 27 and 28, 2017, *The Guardian* reported that documents obtained by them confirmed later that ‘millions in donations’ were steered to his family members, that Sekulow ‘approved plans to push poor and jobless people to donate money to his Christian nonprofit, which since 2000 has steered more than $60m to Sekulow, his family and their businesses’, and that attorneys general in New York and North Carolina opened investigations of Sekulow’s CASE for possibly using pressure tactics in telemarketer calls to raise money which was allegedly misdirected to Sekulow and his family.”

  11. Tom T. Trucker says:

    This whole trial is one big sham. But yes, let Bolton speak. It’s not going to do Donald Trump any good if it looks like he’s hiding something even when he’s not.

  12. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California commented in regard to the statement from Sekulow and other lawyers for Donald Trump. He said “I don’t think, frankly, that we could have made as effective a case for John Bolton’s testimony as the President’s own lawyers.”

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