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Impeachment Vote Coming – Ah, the Majesty of Democracy!

impeachmentAh, the majesty of democracy! White House legal arguments on process, substance, and the gravamen of impeachment may have delivered a heart-punch to Democratic House Managers over the weekend. Democratic leaders have angled, agitated, and sought to link disparate inferences, presumptions, testimony, and strained arguments to remove the 45th president. But by all indications, it is just not working. As a result, a final vote could come by week’s end.

The most obvious truths about this impeachment trial are becoming settled facts. House Democrats gave short shrift to due process, avoided exculpatory witnesses, did not wait for the judiciary. They rushed the House process, probably to preempt the 2020 primary season.

If Pelosi’s delay cost a few days, that may have been to court Senate witnesses, win wavering Senate Republicans, hold Senate Democrats, or give Joe Biden a running start in Iowa as primary competitors – and Senators – Sanders, and Warren stayed locked in their seats, drinking milk.

In any event, that is ancient history. What has happened may be the tide turning. By the end of last week, Democrats – wearied and meandering – changed their approach. Senators were obviously impressed, so they started upping the ante.

Chairman Schiff asserted senators agreed with him that President Trump embraced a “scheme,” fixated on Biden, behaved as a “tyrant,” wanted to be “king,” committed “bribery,” and “we all know”… various things no one knows and most do not believe or remain unproven.

Not so subtly, Schiff began offering loaded, compound sentences. He asked rhetorical and leading questions, answering them himself. He asserted that “we all know” what President Trump “is capable of …and did,” then offered his opinions. He blended innocent facts with fatuous assertions, seeking to undermine the 2016 win and 2020 election, saying Trump is “cheating.” More than a few eyes rolled.

Schiff’s caustic commentary got longer, along with dramatic pauses. He refused to address legal bases for inquiries about criminal behavior by a former Vice President and his son. He refused to see legal justifications, whether anti-corruption statutes or a US-Ukraine treaty, for seeking information. He read every presumption against the President. None of that helped him.

Chairman Nadler stretched credulity, quoting America’s Founders out of context, declaring President Trump a “dictator,” offering a perambulating definition of “high crimes” as anything but “crimes.” His unspoken thesis is words are empty vessels, into which we may pour what we wish. An easier trick is pulling a sock around a basketball; he convinced very few.

Then came the President’s team. The defense included a powerful condemnation of House process, lack of procedural fairness, partisan roots for impeachment, and a litany of gaps in substance, plus suspect motivation for this national spectacle. As a result, “the odds are growing against additional witnesses being called,” say those who know.

If a majority in the Senate lines up against witnesses – and indications are wavering Republicans have had enough – the process could move quickly. Most Senators know Americans are uneasy.

While two-thirds of Americans surveyed last week favor more witnesses, that is deceiving. Many presidential supporters recognize the swap of John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney for grilling of the Bidens, Schiff’s staff, and whistleblower might vindicate the President.

A prolonged trial might also “give the lie” to Biden’s innocence. That would, in turn, upend the Democratic primary process, opening further investigations of Joe Biden, possibly reshaping both presidential and congressional races across the country in 2020.

The question is whether Democrats and moderate Republicans – i.e., Senators Collins, Murkowski, Alexander, and Romney – want to be tagged with prolonging an inevitable outcome, embarrassing Biden, interfering with the primary process, and extending the House mess.
Smart money says “no.” Any benefit to either side of calling witnesses is likely outweighed by the damage done by the other side’s witnesses.

Whatever Bolton and Mulvaney add, the impact of grilling Biden, Schiff’s staff, and whistleblower under oath could be devastating to Democrats.
The seminal question: If the outcome is foregone, does anyone gain from more witnesses, political division, open-ended assertions, revelations of more skullduggery by the father-son Biden team? Probably not.
If there is more to be discovered on Joe Biden and his son – and there may be – the proper venue is the Justice Department. If there is more to know about Bolton and Mulvaney, why did the House not await judicial rulings? And will anything they say differ from what they have stated? Probably not much.

So, where does that leave us? Democrats may gamble and seek witnesses – after a mandatory question period. They know Republicans would likely to close off debate and call a vote.
If witnesses are not called, a quick vote would almost certainly produce acquittal, even with Democrats voting conviction. That would bring to end the worst example of petty, partisan misuse of a constitutional provision by the US House in our Republic’s history. The spectacle having run its course, Americans would go on with life.

By way of footnote, we are not at that finish line yet. After the White House defense wraps up, a 16-hour question period begins. Tedious as that will be, Chief Justice Roberts selects questions from senators – presenting them alternately to House Managers and the President’s team.
Only then, after repeated arguments, recriminations, thrust-and-parry jousting by lawyers, will the vote on witnesses and documents come, then arguments over motions, and a rollcall vote.

By that point, every American will be sleeping, standing behind a chair – as weary senators did to stay awake, or watching pregame Superbowl shows. This will prove one of the most unnecessary, unproductive, ignoble enterprises in modern times. Ah, the majesty of democracy!

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PaulE

What a colossal waste of taxpayer money and lost opportunities to focus the limited attention spans of our members of Congress on real national issues, while the Democrats drag this farcical and purely politically motivated impeachment process. based on nothing more than a series of bold-faced lies, through the Senate. I would hardly refer to all this wasted time and taxpayer dollars as a “majesty of democracy”. Frankly, It is a national embarrassment to this country and an insult to every constitutionally literate American.

Steve

This farce serves several democrat party interests. Among these are: 1. accomplish nothing. 2. put our president on defense. So far, this has been a joke.
3. punish conservatism. The dems thought they had everything figured out until Nov 2016. They were shocked and are now angry at the realization that they
do not run the country. 4. Their greatest fear: Is there another Trump ? How do they find and subdue the next Trump ? DC pshycodoctors must be making
a mint now listening to how Trump has ruined their futures. And he has. Thankfully.

Shoe

The White House attorneys were brilliant on Monday but NBC spent almost all of its news coverage on John Bolton and the “Bombshell” revelation by The NY Times WHICH HAS NOT SEEN THE BOOK but ran a story claiming that Bolton’s book discredited the President. Like everything The NY Times prints on this subject – it will turn out to be a stretch of the truth or an outright lie

Willie Ryan

The democrats are wasting our money that could be used on roads,bridges,and to pay for military equipment. Democrats should have to pay ever penny back to the people.

Dennis J.

All the Demon-o-crats can hope to achieve from this circus is to pontificate to the American people in the coming election that they impeached the President of the US for the good (?) of the country. What a load of BS !!

Stephen Russell

Dems want to Impeach President to flip Senate to neuter Pres 2nd term IE box in & Nothing gets done A-Z is end goal.
No Tax cut 2.0 etc IF Dems take Senate.
I say subopena House Mgrs to stand & shake up Dems more, they abused thier chances

Patriot Will

The arguments put forth by the Democrats are so full of hearsay, speculation, and incomplete information that an objectively informed person can feel himself/herself getting dumber, dumber, and dumber listening to the lies spread by the partisan lefties. However, in my humble opinion, suffering through the talking points set forth by the Democrats is good for the soul and spirit, because one develops a keen sense of appreciation when listening to the logical, fact-driven analyses of the Republican lawyers. I am so grateful that our country is not under the rule of the Democrats and hope the turn out for re-electing President Trump becomes overwhelming.

Kay Maxwell

The Democrats have shown me that they do not care to participate in conducting the business they were elected to but only to spend their time in vindictive schemes to further destroy the elected President. If they would only put as much vigor into
help run the government, what a great country we could become. I have lost my patience with this ridiculous process and come election time I will have my say.

Rick J.

If the Republicans don’t retake the house, The bull Schiff we are seeing play out in the Senate is going to be repeated

Jack

Just one more example of the Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s distaste for our President. If the Democrats had used just 1% of the effort and money they have wasted on this farce since January 2017, they and the Country would be in far better shape. I hope and pray that their voter base is smart enough to realize what their contempt for our President has gotten them. Nothing but empty pockets and bellies. All of the money and resources wasted on this coup attempt came out of the same pot they get their entitlements and freebies from. Well done Democrats. Your true colors shining through.

Brenda Blunt

I will be glad when they all will be voted out of office!!! Too badmthey can’t be forced to pay back all of the money they have wasted with this impeachment and everything else!!!

Dale

I think that Barr, should investigate Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, and other members of the house as well as mr. Chuck Shumer, and maybe some other members of the Senate so that we actually can see where the real corruption is. I think we will find it, deep within the democrats that walk the halls of the house and senate. I personally thought that the Republican lawyers for Trump did an awesome job. They are getting people to stop and think about all that has been said, and analyzing the truth, and realize what is real and what is a pack of lies. I am appalled that this Congress and Senate as well as candidates, are saying and accusing Trump of doing. He is regardless our Commander in Chief, and deserves the respect of the people in the United States. And like it or not, I think he just might win… Read more »

Josephine pooley

Let’s get this wrapped up already!

Ruth P

I simply refuse to watch these proceedings! I have other things to do with my time than watch this “circus”. This article mentioned that Americans are “uneasy”. I think many of us are just angry with Ms. Pelosi et al for wasting time trying to lynch a president who has fulfilled his promises to the best of his ability.

Morty Tupperman

Mr. Charles mentions the possibility of the Bidens being investigated by the Justice Department. Fat chance. Not the Bidens. Not the Obamas. Not the Clintons. None of them. Ever. Get over it. Keep America Great – re-elect Donald Trump.

Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas have written an opinion lambasting the Left for attempting to thwart President Trump from keeping his campaign promises. I pray that another Conservative is placed on the Supreme Court and soon. The various courts have overreached just like the House and its phony impeachment. The government is out of control. “Chaos in the White House”, the media trumpets – Hell’s bells, the courts have been in chaos for years and the House is the new tool of Communism. Ask the governor of Virginia how his gun confiscation plan is working out. THAT’S how fed up Americans are, folks.

tony d willIiams

In my opinion the House’s purposes have been to restrict or stop anything our Sitting President Trump might try to accomplish, to protect their judges majority, and to protect all that ex-President Obama did. The second major endeavor was to disallow an electoral vote which placed the candidate they did not choose into Presidency. Even when illegal votes were discounted and their candidate did not even win the popular vote they still needed to removed the sitting President as he is a constitutional man who wants to progress our country and not the politicians. Our countries Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the freedoms still allowed are coming to an end with haste. The perpetrators, all those working against their oath’s of office, need to be punished severely, not write a paper which exonerates them and punished their enemies, thinking of Tlaib Rashid’s and her anti semitism here. Would it seem… Read more »

Joyce Washington

Anyone with common sense knows that if Bolton had the bomb to impeach the President then he would have been the forefront of all this hoopalah. We now know that he has been bought to lie in this game of idiots playing and probably used our tax money and Social Security to do so.

Fran Webster

Excellent analysis

William Sr

All I have seen I a waist of time and money with this fiasco, and sometime funny watching the Dems try every approach, and fail. My question is when are we going to find the truth about the Biden’s, i mean come on is this not the real reason for this waist of time let’s get to the real truth and stop these Dam games.

Jackie Simmons Toothman

Bravo, RB Charles! Very well said!