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House Manager References Harry Potter During Closing Arguments for Some Reason

House Manager Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colorado) referenced the Harry Potter works of fiction during closing arguments at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate on Monday.

“My wife and I have tried to teach our kids is that what we can always control are our choices. It’s in that spirit that hanging in my son’s room is a quote from Harry Potter,” he began. “The quote is from Professor Dumbledore, who said, ‘It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.'”

“This trial will soon be over, but there will be many choices for all of us in the days ahead, the most pressing of which is how each of us will decide to fulfill our oath. More than our words our choices will show the world who we really are. What type of leaders we will be and what type of nation we will be,” Crow continued.

The reference was, uh, noticed.

Republican National Committee rapid response director Steve Guest, for one, said the quote was apt, but not for the reason Rep. Crow imagined.

“Democrat Rep. Jason Crow citing the fictional literary work of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore on the floor of the Senate is the epitome of the #Resistance movement,” he said. “And it says even more about the Democrats’ impeachment case: their case is complete fiction.”

Crow’s remarks were made not long after President Trump’s lawyers made their closing arguments. Crow was one of the House Managers to have the last word. A couple of days from now–and there is no doubt about this–the Sen. Mitch McConnell-led Senate will vote to acquit President Trump of articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Democrats maintain that President Trump shook down the head of the Ukrainian government by withholding vital congressionally appropriated military aid in order to leverage investigations of the Bidens ahead of the 2020 election. The president, as he did with the Mueller probe, has dismissed it all as a “hoax” and a “con job.”

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Matt Naham is managing editor of Law&Crime. He formerly worked as news editor and weekend editor at Rare.