When you have to appeal to the Magna Carta, you’re officially pathetic. His defense is that he couldn’t afford a lawyer. What is he — indigent? He‘s got a villa in the Dominican Republic.
It’s not that he doesn’t have counsel — he doesn’t have a defense…. The committee was unanimous on the facts. The only issue now is going to be the level of punishment. He’s not going be expelled, he’ll probably get a reprimand. Why he didn’t settle all this months ago, I don’t know. But obviously he thought he might run out the clock or dodge it in some way.
But it really is a sort of a sad footnote on a great, iconic political career.