As much as I’ve been able to read, today’s impeachment is clearly not an impeachment in any real sense of the word. Impeachment is by definition a political act.
My question is then simple. Does that by default make this week’s circus a criminal trial? With no judge and no “jury of your peers”? Constitutional ex post facto and bill of attainder prohibitions? Etc.
If so, then Trump is under no obligation to respond at all and could just punt to the courts on appeal on the face of it?
Or show up with trial lawyers (not Constitutional scholars) and make a public shit show of the whole thing?
Curious minds and stuff.