Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – His place in the history books rewritten, President Donald Trump endured his second impeachment largely alone and silent. Trump kept out of sight in a nearly empty White House as impeachment proceedings played out at the heavily fortified U.S. Capitol. There were lawyers, White House messaging meetings, and a media blitz run by allies on conservative television, radio and websites. But there was no effort from the White House to line up votes in the president’s defense. The team around Trump is hollowed out, with the White House counsel’s office not drawing up a legal defense plan and the legislative affairs team largely abandoned.