Former President Donald Trump’s trade adviser Peter Navarro on Friday, Feb. 5, said the former president should fire his impeachment lawyers who don’t want to focus on election integrity in the Senate trial.
“That lawyer that you just put on, you gotta get rid of those guys. These people don’t understand. This is a political trial,” Navarro said during an interview with Newsmax, reported the Washington Examiner.
Navarro’s comments came in response to Trump attorney Bruce Caster’s argument that a Senate trial against the former president would be unconstitutional, a viewpoint supported by the vast majority of the Republicans in the Senate.
“So, why not provide an affirmative defense? Now, the way to do that is you get somebody like Matt Gaetz as your lead attorney instead of that stiff you had on. Then you use the Navarro report and other reports that have been put out, which have been excellent, as your exhibits A, B, C, and D,” said Navarro, who has released two reports, which challenged the 2020 election results.
House Democrats voted to impeach Trump on a single count of “incitement of insurrection” in connection with the breach at the Washington Capitol on Jan. 6. During a rally, Trump called for his supporters to march to the Capitol and express their dissent about the election “peacefully and patriotically.”
Earlier this week, the House impeachment managers filed their pretrial brief, claiming that “President Trump incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol during the Joint Session, thus impeding Congress’s confirmation of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner of the presidential election.”
“This is not a case where elections alone are a sufficient safeguard against future abuse. It is the electoral process itself that President Trump attacked, and that must be protected from him and anyone else who would seek to mimic his behavior,” they added.
According to Fox News, Trump’s previous legal team quit over his demand to make a case on election integrity. Castor and David Schoen were the only two lawyers who signed onto the brief submitted to the Senate on Tuesday.
On Friday, Castor said the defense team would adhere to the strategy outlined in the brief, adding that he will use video clips of top Democrats inciting violence during the coming impeachment trial.
According to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Trump so far “has gotten a low-energy defense,” and he’s willing to stand up for the president in his trial, even if it means resigning his House seat.
“I love my district. I love representing them, but I view this cancellation of the Trump presidency and the Trump movement as one of the major risks to my people, both in my district and all throughout this great country,” Gaetz said during a Wednesday interview on the “War Room” podcast.
“I would leave my House seat. I would leave my home. I would do anything I had to do to ensure that the greatest president in my lifetime—one of the greatest presidents our country has ever had, maybe the greatest president our country has ever had—got a full-throated defense that wasn’t crouched down, that wasn’t in fear of losing some moderate Republican senator, but that was worthy of the fight that he gave to the great people of this country for four years,” he added.