By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reportedly inserted a “kill switch” into the rules governing President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in case the Garbage Party attempted to turn it into another Brett Kavanaugh-like affair.
It seems that, after just one day, he may have to use it.
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House impeachment co-manager Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) teamed up, apparently, with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to gum up the works with outrageous and unreasonable demands, all of which were designed for public consumption.
Knowing Democrats don’t have the votes to actually remove the president from office — for non-high crimes and non-misdemeanors — they are doing what they’ve always done best: Obstruct, redirect, misdirect, and blame others for what members of their party are actually guilty of doing.
Schumer attempted to introduce amendment after amendment to the Senate rules — the last around midnight, in which he sought to force the GOP majority to call former Trump National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has offered to testify but who reportedly hasn’t got much to say that would be helpful to Democrats.
And when Schumer wasn’t busy trying to force through inane amendments that had no chance of success, Nadler was lecturing Republicans about ‘fairness’ after he and Adam Schiff hijacked the impeachment inquiry in the House, shutting out the GOP and holding most of the proceedings in secret:
…Only if you, the Senate, sitting as an impartial jury, do not work with the accused to conceal the evidence from the American people. We cannot be surprised that the President objects to calling witnesses who would prove his guilt. That is who he is. He does not want you to see evidence or hear testimony that details how he betrayed his office and asked a foreign government to intervene in our election.
But we should be surprised that here in the United States Senate, the greatest deliberative body in the world, where we are expected to put our oath of office ahead of political expediency, where we are expected to be honest, where we are expected to protect the interests of the American people, we should be surprised, shocked, that any Senator would vote to block this witness or any relevant witness who might shed additional light on the President’s obvious misconduct.
The President is on trial in the Senate. But the Senate is on trial in the eyes of the American people. Will you vote to allow all of the relevant evidence to be presented here? Or will you betray your pledge to be an impartial juror? Will you bring Ambassador Bolton here? Will you permit us to present you with the entire record of the President’s misconduct? Or will you instead choose to be complicit in the President’s cover-up?
So far, I’m sad to say, I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses. An absolutely indefensible vote. Obviously, a treacherous vote. A vote against an honest consideration of the evidence against the President. A vote against an honest trial. A vote against the United States.
A real trial we know has witnesses. We urge you to do your duty, permit a fair trial. All the witnesses must be permitted. That’s elementary in American justice. Either you want the truth or you, and you must permit the witnesses or you want a shameful cover-up. History will judge and so will the electorate.
Let’s be clear: A Senate impeachment trial is not the same as a courtroom trial. Nadler’s (and all other House Democrats’) complaints about “witnesses” is a parlor trick; the House is where impeachment witnesses are called. That’s where the ‘research’ for the trial is conducted.
Nadler, Schiff & Co. refused to wait for a federal court ruling on White House witnesses they subpoenaed but who were blocked from testimony after the president rightfully exerted executive privilege. They decided to impeach without hearing from those witnesses, and now they’re attempting to force the Senate to do their investigative work.
The House managers are to present the case; if they actually had one, they wouldn’t have to resort to cheap theatrics in order to make it.
There is no ‘cover-up’ unless you count the mainstream media’s attempts to hide the nefarious behavior of Joe and Hunter Biden in Ukraine.
Rep. Jerry Nadler - Proposed amendment seeks to subpoena John Bolton, seeking a fair trial in the Senate: “The president and some members of this body are afraid to hear from Ambassador Bolton because they know he knows too much.” via #MSNBC #NEWS #ImpeachmentHearings #ShamTrial pic.twitter.com/7m67XJXCEJ
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