Nancy Pelosi, who allowed House democrats to orchestrate an impeachment process against President Trump (with detailed instructions and talking points generated by Lawfare lawyers, many argue) despite the absence of a single shred of evidence, is now trying to tread water by holding on to the articles and preventing the Senate from conducting a trial.
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused her attempt to control his actions. Speaking from the Chamber’s floor yesterday, McConnell called Pelosi’s scheme a “fantasy,” and said that democrats’ “turn is over. They’ve done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment.”
Most Americans agree, according to the latest polls.
However, McConnell did say that the Senate trial could not be held until Pelosi (The House) submits the articles.
Moments later, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., defended his party’s efforts to seek certain high-level witnesses and documents, noting how recently published emails have started to fill out the details of the administration’s decision to freeze aid to Ukraine while the president sought politically advantageous investigations from Kiev. Schumer said it is imperative to learn the “whole truth,” while voicing concern McConnell could end up holding a “mock trial.”
“Will we fulfill our duty to conduct a fair impeachment trial of the president of the United States or will we not? That is most pressing question facing this Senate,” Schumer said. “The country just saw McConnell’s answer to that question. The answer is no.”
Schumer argued that McConnell is ignoring “the only one precedent that matters here.”
“Never, never in the history of our country has there been an impeachment trial in which the Senate was denied the ability to hear from witnesses, yet the Republican leader seems intent on violating that precedent and denying critical evidence to this body and to the American people,” Schumer said, adding that McConnell has “no intention to be impartial.”
[Again, these talking points seem specifically designed, given that the House’s unprecedented orchestration of the impeachment proceedings were highly suspicious.]
McConnell has argued that the eventual Trump impeachment trial should mirror that of former President Bill Clinton’s in 1999.
At the center of the inquiry is Trump’s efforts to press Zelensky to launch politically related investigations — regarding former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 presidential election.
The president’s request came after millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Ukraine had been frozen, which Democrats argue shows a “quid pro quo” arrangement. Trump has denied any wrongdoing.
[The President has denied wrongdoing because he did nothing wrong. Witnesses have testified that the “quid pro quo” DID NOT exist. Unlike Joe Biden’s bragging about actual extortion of the country until the prosecutor who was investigating Burisma was sacked.
Moreover, democrats have deliberately threatened the Ukraine and the Obama administration gave the country a list of people who were not to be investigated in any way before the 2016 election, which many people argue shows true election interference, while President Trump’s causal mention of a man who IS NOT HIS POLICIAL RIVAL, does not.]
McConnell charged that Democrats’ “Trump derangement syndrome” has escalated into a partisan “fever,” while accusing his counterparts of taking positions that contradict their actions during the Clinton impeachment.
“It appears that one symptom of Trump derangement syndrome is also a bad case of amnesia,” he quipped.
Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said overnight that he plans to introduce a measure Monday to dismiss the “bogus impeachment” entirely.
“If Dems won’t proceed with trial, bogus articles should be dismissed and @realDonaldTrump fully cleared,” he tweeted.
McConnell, though, indicated the Senate process is at a standstill for now, as he accused the House of getting “cold feet.”
“The same people who spent weeks screaming that impeachment was so urgent … now decided it could wait indefinitely while they check the political winds and look for some new talking points,” he said.