Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senators Amy Klobuchar and Chuck Schumer called it yesterday after Political Prince of Darkness-Enemy of the People-Obstructionist in Chief-Senate Majority Leader Moscow Mitch McConnell remained steadfast in his refusal to call additional witnesses to the upcoming Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump.
Speaking yesterday (December 19, 2019) after Mr. McConnell on the Senate Floor, Senator Schumer commented that McConnell:
“Is plotting the most rushed, least thorough and most unfair impeachment trial in modern history…..He (McConnell) did not advance an argument in defense of the president’s conduct on the merits…. a damning reflection on the state of the president’s defense……Is the president’s case so weak that none of the president’s men can defend him under oath? If the House’s case is so weak, why is Leader McConnell so afraid of witnesses and documents?”
At her weekly press conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi quipped that:
“Our founders, when they wrote the Constitution, they suspected that there could be a rogue president,” she said. “I don’t think they suspected that we could have a rogue President and a rogue leader in the Senate at the same time.”
Later, at the Democratic Presidential Debate in Los Angeles, Senator Amy Klobuchar gave the best reason of all the candidates to call the witnesses, stating to the audience that:
“And I would make this case. As we face this trial in the Senate if the president claims that he is so innocent, then why doesn’t he have all the president’s men testify? If President Trump thinks that he should not be impeached, he should be not scared to put forward his own witnesses.”
Pelosi, Klobuchar, and Schumer are right. If the President is innocent and Republicans have nothing to fear, why is the Administration actively preventing all of the remaining first-hand witnesses to testify? Why are Republicans like Moscow Mitch so reluctant to call these very same people who can definitively say whether or not the President committed impeachable acts?
The answer is fairly obvious: Republicans already know what the answers from these witnesses will be and are eager to fast forward an impeachment “show trial” where the guilty man is not removed from office and hope the Trumpist cult base does not pause to think why these people would not voluntarily want to testify for their Duce…President.
Well, that strategy may work for Republicans in safe Senate seats but not for those conservative incumbents facing reelection in Maine (Susan Collins,) Colorado (Cory Gardner,) Iowa (Joni Ernst,) North Carolina (Thom Tillis,) and Arizona (Martha McSally). It may also backfire on the overconfident Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky as well.
That strategy may work for the people susceptible to the rantings of the Demagogic-Liar in Chief-Head Charlatan but not the majority of the country that believes in Democracy and the separation of powers in a Republic.
It is time for the Political Prince of Darkness-Enemy of the People-Obstructionist in Chief-Moscow Mitch McConnell to put the country’s interests above his own and Individual One’s.
Moscow Mitch, Call the Witnesses.