Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, amzn.to/2sQBWYL). Professor. Nov. 13, 2019 1 min read

The unforgivable sins in a hearing of this sort—as a matter of process—are (a) misusing legal terms of art; (b) raising irrelevant issues; (c) using obfuscatory language; (d) misstating evidence; (e) intentionally sowing confusion about how the legal process works; and (f) lying.

PS/ Others: (g) mischaracterizing testimony just given; (h) badgering a witness; (i) undercutting your own defense strategy; (j) minimizing criminal conduct; and (k) confusing the elements of an offense (e.g., whether solicitation of a bribe must result in a bribe to be illegal).

PS2/ It'll be for America to decide which questioners violated which cardinal rules of the public questioning of a witness. As a side note I will say that, his performance aside, Castor had just about the toughest job today that an attorney could have: defending the indefensible.


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