Adam Schiff conducted secret impeachment hearings against the President of the United States and is now calling for full disclosure on the president’s war powers and Iranian actions, so, it’s easy to recognize that hypocrisy is nothing new to leftists.
In fact, Nancy Pelosi has been trying to run an extortion scam against the Senate by refusing to hand over the articles of impeachment passed by the House solely along party lines. She argues that the trial must be “fair” and has demanded to dictate the terms before she’ll do HER JOB and hand them over.
Yet, it looks like her schemes are going to fail. Democrats needed four republicans to help orchestrate “witnesses” in any Senate trial. These “witnesses” would likely be more of the ultra-leftists called in the House hearings (not to mention the FACT that GOP members were not allowed to call ANY witnesses of their own, and often times Schiff and Nadler actually prevented questions being asked by GOP members of their committees).
However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been standing firm and according to reporting by The Hill, McConnell has all the votes he needs to keep the Senate trial short. This means that ‘new’ witnesses like Obama’s Spy-gate ringmasters and other documents democrats might try to whip out will not be allowed.
Two of the moderate Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) – are voting siding with McConnell.
Both Collins and Murkowski believe the precedent set during the Clinton impeachment trial should be followed. They want to see House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense team make their opening statement. Then, if necessary, the Senate could subpoena for additional documents and witness testimony.
“The process moved to a period during which the Senate debated and voted that three witnesses should be deposed. I believe that this process — the Clinton approach — worked well,” Collins said in a statement.
Murkowski said the Senate should make a decision about calling key witnesses, like former National Security Advisor John Bolton, after the articles of impeachment are actually sent to the Senate.
“We don’t have anything to get to? So do you have any interesting news for me on that? Like when we might be able to get articles?” Murkwoski said. “I don’t think there is any decision on Bolton because we don’t have articles.”
The fact that Collins and Murkowski are siding with Republicans is big. Democrats needed a simple majority in order to pass a resolution to call additional witnesses. That means they needed the entire Democratic Caucus, plus four Republicans, to make that resolution a reality. The Democrats were banking on moderates, like Collins and Murkowski, to vote with them.