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Donald's Descent from Madness

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Donald Trump’s legal team quit during the last week of January citing differences of how to conduct Donald’s Impeachment II defense.

Donald has since hired Jeffrey Epstein’s would-be attorney (as in: if not for federal LEO incompetence he would-be still alive) and the former D.A. who declined to prosecute Bill Cosby for decades of admitted sexual assault – talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

What is more interesting – and distressing on a number of levels – than Donald’s current legal team is the debate behind the departure of his former hired guns. Donald wanted to focus his defense on the election victory he feels was stolen from him. Not exactly headline news considering his rants of the past three months, but it does reveal that his obsessions unwaveringly distract him from rational thought to his own peril – again, not breaking new ground.

His legal team wanted to focus on the unconstitutional nature of impeaching a former president – very solid legal ground if one were writing a first-year term paper. It is not quite as solid when one is accused of inciting insurrection!

Successfully asserting the unconstitutional nature of the proceedings would be ‘getting off on a technicality’ and would not resolve the issue at hand of Donald’s potential role in the January 6th invasion of the U.S. Capitol by self-proclaimed Trump supporters.

Despite the farce-of-process that resulted in Donald’s historic second impeachment by a House more interested in retribution that preserving the integrity of our institutions and processes (I submit that indictment for a high crime or misdemeanor warrants more of a process than a two-hour bitch session by petulant Congressoids), Donald’s last shred of presidential reputation weighs in the balance.

To stake his reputation on a technicality or accusations of persecution in a proceeding where neither is likely to win the day seems an inevitable – however tragic – conclusion to a presidency that thrived on hyperbole, misdirection, and bellicosity.