‘Rambling’ lawyer gets Donald Trump’s impeachment defence off to a bizarre start

Donald Trump has never met Bruce Castor, the lawyer who launched the former president’s defence at his impeachment trial.

It might be better for Mr Castor if they don’t. His presentation was not well received. Some of the kinder reviews were “non-linear” and “rambling”. Others were harsher.

At one point Mr Castor suggested senators should have Mr Trump arrested if they thought he had committed a crime, which is unlikely to have gone down well at Mar-a-Lago.

He also said repeatedly that Mr Trump had lost the election, which the former president still maintains he won.

Republican senators lined up to criticise the pinstripe-suited lawyer’s 45-minute speech.

Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator, juror, and friend of Mr Trump, said: “I thought I knew where he was going… and I really didn’t know where he was going.”

John Cornyn, another Republican senator, said: “I thought the president’s lawyer, the first lawyer, just rambled on and on and on and didn’t really address the constitutional argument.

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