Well, at least it was brief.

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump’s legal defense team mounted an aggressive offense on Saturday as it opened its side in the Senate impeachment trial by attacking his Democratic accusers as partisan witch-hunters trying to remove him from office because they could not beat him at the ballot box.

After three days of arguments by the House managers prosecuting Mr. Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors, the president’s lawyers presented the senators a radically different view of the facts and the Constitution, seeking to turn the Democrats’ charges back on them while denouncing the whole process as illegitimate.

“They’re asking you to tear up all of the ballots all across the country on your own initiative, take that decision away from the American people,” Pat A. Cipollone, the White House counsel, said of the House managers. “They’re here,” he added moments later, “to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history, and we can’t allow that to happen.”

The president’s team spent only two of the 24 hours allotted to them so that senators could leave town for the weekend before the defense presentation resumes on Monday, but it was the first time his lawyers have formally made a case for him since the House opened its inquiry in September. The goal was to poke holes in the House managers’ arguments in order to provide enough fodder to Senate Republicans already inclined to acquit him.

Unfortunately for Trump his legal team kind of made the impeachment manager’s case for them.

Courtesy of Business Insider: 

President Donald Trump’s defense team repeatedly argued on Saturday that there isn’t enough evidence to impeach him because Congress hasn’t heard from any witnesses who had “direct contact” with the president.

Democratic lawmakers seized on those statements, saying they underscore the need to call more firsthand witnesses in Trump’s trial.

Moreover, while Trump’s lawyers complain of not hearing testimony from direct witnesses, the defense could easily solve that problem by retracting Trump’s sweeping directive barring all executive branch officials across six agencies from cooperating with Congress’ impeachment inquiry.

“The president’s counsel did something that they did not intend: they made a really compelling case for why the Senate should call witnesses and documents,” Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said after opening arguments on Saturday.

Of course, none of that swayed Mitch McConnell in the slightest and he is still completely prepared to move forward with his agenda despite any suggestions that he do otherwise.

Courtesy of Politico

Senate GOP leaders are strongly considering a move to quickly end President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial next week if a motion to call additional witnesses is defeated, according to three top Republican senators.

The Republican strategy — which is still fluid — could mean senators have limited time between key procedural votes and the final vote on whether to convict the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. And with the odds growing against additional witnesses being called, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will face critical decisions on how fast he can bring the proceedings to an end.

While I certainly do not agree with McConnell’s attempts to get this case over with as rapidly as possible I do understand the rush. 

Clearly Mt. Trump is about to blow it’s top. 

Oh yeah, in the mental health biz we would call this a full blown psychotic break in the making. 

If the Democrats manage to drag this out even a week longer Trump may snap so hard that even the Republicans can no longer justify allowing him to remain in office.