(TNS) What the hell…?
If what we’re hearing is true about the Republican leaders’ strategy for holding an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, then someone seriously needs to challenge it.
According to published reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) want a veryÂ speedy trial in whichÂ noÂ Republican witnesses will be called, allowing Democrats to prattle on about … whatever.
Then, when the continuation of the Schiff show is complete, McConnell will simply stage a vote — which he expects will be toÂ not convict the president of anything — and move on.
No witnesses? NoÂ defense of the president, after weeks of galling lies and abuses of power by House Democrats?
Senate Republicans do not expect toÂ call witnessesÂ President Trump might want to hear from most in an impeachment trial, conceding there are not the votes to summon key figures such as Hunter Biden and theÂ unidentified government whistleblowerÂ whose complaint sparked the process.
Senate impeachment rules require a majority vote to call witnesses, and with just two out of 53 votes to spare, there is no â€œappetiteâ€ among Republicans to pursue testimony from people thatÂ Democrats blocked Republicans from subpoenaingÂ during the House investigation.
Indeed, Republicans might forgo calling witnesses altogether, saying minds are made up on Trumpâ€™s guilt or innocence and that testimony at trial on the Senate floor would draw out the proceedings unnecessarily.
Again…what the hell?
Not getting into it on live TV with Joe Biden, who could accuse Republicans of ‘beating up on’ his son, Hunter, after the elder former VP lost a son recently, is one thing.
But to not even call the whistleblower? OrÂ anyone else to defend the president?
â€œAt that point, I would expect that most members would be ready to vote and wouldnâ€™t need more information,â€ said John Barrasso of Wyoming, the No. 3-ranked Senate Republican. â€œMany people have their minds pretty well made up.â€
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Granted. But how’s this going to look to voters, especially Trump’s supporters who want these people exposed and, perhaps, charged for making false statements?
Beyond that, and this is a little conspiratorial, but … are McConnell and Graham trying to hide something that would come out in a trial? Something … ‘deep state’- related?
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