Professor: ‘No need’ for Senate trial because articles of impeachment against Trump are ‘defective’

McConnell should use this opportunity for maximum benefit to the GOP and Trump

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) Shortly before President Donald Trump defeated the most criminally investigated presidential nominee ever, Hillary Clinton, Democrats and their propaganda media began plotting for his impeachment.

But they couldn’t until the Garbage Party managed to win back the House, which happened in the 2018 midterms. At that point, the active impeachment plotting began.

Recall that The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway overheard incoming House Judiciary Committee chair Jerrold Nadler speaking to several people on his cellphone during a New York-Washington, D.C. transit scheming as to how impeachment would proceed.

When the “Russian collusion” hoax didn’t work out and Democrats couldn’t stop President Trump’s Kavanaugh appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, that enraged them and their media pretenders even more. Something had to be concocted and viola, we got “Ukrainegate” and two phony-baloney articles of impeachment nobody ever heard of (including our founders): 1) ‘Abuse of power’ and 2) ‘Obstruction of Congress.’

Not quite the “high crimes and misdemeanors” impeachment standard established by our Constitution.

In fact, the articles of impeachment are so fake and so thin that Bradley A. Blakeman, an adjunct professor of public policy and international affairs at Georgetown University and a Fox News contributor, said in a piece for The Hill that there isn’t even a need for a Senate trial.

But not just because he doesn’t believe the two impeachment articles returned by Democrats don’t meet the standard.

He lays out five scenarios for dealing with this sham impeachment, which really is disgraceful on the part of the Democrats.

Blakeman:

  1. The Senate could entertain a motion by the president’s counsel to dismiss — before the start of a trial — both articles of impeachment, for failure to meet the constitutional threshold for stating a cause of action. Such a decision would require a simple majority of 51 votes because this would be a procedural motion;
  2. The Senate could begin a trial and, thereafter, could end it whenever the Senate majority deems it has heard enough and calls for a vote. Such a vote would be called when the Senate majority is confident that a supermajority of 67 senators – two-thirds of the Senate – would not vote to convict;
  3. The Senate could conduct a full-blown trial, and it could drag on for as long as the Senate majority feels doing so is in its interests. It has a wide berth for calling or subpoenaing witnesses as it feels is germane. This would cause a circus-like atmosphere that would require the Supreme Court’s chief justice, the presiding officer in a Senate trial, to make numerous rulings, some of which would be unpredictable in their outcomes.
  4. The Senate, after the conclusion of a trial, could once again entertain a motion to dismiss, alleging that House Democrats had failed to prove their case. This is a procedural motion that would require a simple majority to make deliberations by the full Senate moot if passed.

    There’s even a nuclear option he proposes:

  5. And then there is a “nuclear option.” The Senate majority could make a procedural motion to adjourn the start of a trial until Nov. 4, 2020. That would allow the American people to decide the president’s fate at the ballot box. The Constitution is silent as to when a trial should occur, timewise. A simple majority of 51 votes would be necessary to pass such a motion.

Either/or, Blakeman says the outcome of the proceedings, whatever option Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes, is assured: Trump is cleared by acquittal or by dismissal.

But Blakeman is clear in his view that a trial is simply unnecessary in the first place:

Both fail to meet the constitutional threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” This would negate a trial but does not give the president any formal “acquittal,” after a trial on the merits of the articles, which would prove the president’s innocence. While this would be true in a traditional criminal judicial proceeding, it is not the case in a political trial. 

Democrats are already spinning their version of events — that the president is, of course, extremely guilty but Republicans in the Senate are poised to let him ‘escape justice’ anyway, hence Nancy Pelosi’s lame attempts to ‘negotiate’ (demand) a “fair trial” (one in which Democrats run and wind up with a conviction and removal from office).



As for the American people, increasingly they are siding against the Garbage Party, according to various polling data.

It’s likely a trial of some kind will occur, and like Blakeman insinuated, it will follow a path that is most politically useful for Republicans and the president.

That’s the least McConnell can do after the way Democrats violated procedures, broke established committee rules, and shut GOP lawmakers out of the impeachment process to begin with.

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The Prisoner

Mitch will do nothing provocative to help Trump. Mitch will help himself for his reelection by playing hero. Mitch is reactive, he waits for others to act. He’s no leader.

Jove Wungow
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Jove Wungow

Yes….Best Appraisal…!!! Best advise, Prof. Bradley A. Blakeman…!!! Because….”the articles of impeachment are so FAKE and so THIN…”, Bradley A. Blakeman claimed that…”There isn’t even a need for a Senate trial”. Senate will be stupid merged with Nancy foolishness if the Senate members put her Impeachment Voting into the Senate Trial. Fake is Fake, sir….!!! Don’t ever formalise any FAKE thing to be TRUE into the TRIAL, man..!! It’s against the Constitution…!!! That’s ABSURD, if the Senate accepted to approve Pelosi’s Impeachment (though it built only with voted YES by Democrats and NO by all Republicans) to be matter of… Read more »

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boyd

I LIKE OPTION #1, WHICH WOULD SAY TO THE DEMONRATS “WHAT YOU HAVE HANDED US IS SO TRIVIAL IT DOESN’T DESERVE RECOGNITION OR ACTION… THEREFORE WE SIMPLY DISMISS IT.”
AND THEN YOU CAN BET, THE DEMONRATS WILL TRY FOR A THIRD TIME (OR IS IT 4TH TIME) TO IMPEACH HIM ON SOMETHING ELSE… CAUSE THEY HAVE IMPEACHMENTITIS (A SEVER DISEASE THAT CAUSES ITCHING AND ONLY BY ITCHING WILL THOSE WHO HAVE IT BE ENTIRELY SATISFIED).

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.50cal

The scampeachment was used to stall investigation of FISA abuses.

Demon-seeds know indictments are coming. Barr handed out some recently. One of Hitlery’s pedohomo pals.

We should see some more suicides soon. False flags too.

Jeanie
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Jeanie

why is the Democrat party allowed to continue all this illegal activity? They are a terroristic organization and they need to be jailed and tried for treason against the United States of America. A coup against our President is definitely treason and all those who participate with the Democrats need to be dealt with accordingly.

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Jack

quote “An elective Legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a King can” Articles of Impeachment 1. Abuse of power ( For executing Presidential Plenary Powers granted in Article II of the US Constitution) Not a crime 2. Obstruction of Congress ( for going to the courts to protect Executive Privilege, aka Separation of Powers ) Not a crime Talk about manufactured political partisan lynching.. but worse, Congressional Abuse of Power for political purpose agenda. It’s Democrats in the House who should be the one’s impeached and thrown out of office. The US Senate must restore Constitutional Order… Read more »

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