That the widely accepted ineptitude of Trump’s team failed to budge much of the GOP may be the most striking sign yet of how clear the direction of this trial is as it begins in full on Wednesday.
“I mean, nobody’s mind was changed one way or the other,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has been advising Trump on impeachment, told reporters. “I don’t know, maybe Cassidy’s mind was.”
Castor’s performance disturbed and enraged Trump enough on Tuesday that, while monitoring the trial on TV from afar at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, he start griping about why he hired the lawyer in the first place, two people familiar with the matter said. One of the sources told The Daily Beast Trump said he was considering pulling Castor from his defense, leaving the rest of the televised pro-Trump arguments in the hands of the rest of the new legal team, particularly Schoen.