Democrats build case for Trump’s removal while McConnell waits

Democrats have not given up on their pipe dream of getting rid of President Donald Trump before the 2020 election, even though the odds are against them.

 Now that they have come this far, the last thing they want is for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to dismiss their two pathetic articles impeachment in short order or have a quick acquittal.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is still holding on to them like a king’s ransom. While the country waits, she continues to search for a way to convince enough Republicans to get rid of the president. It’s now or never.

Pelosi’s Christmas elves have been all over the media throwing out numerous reasons why Trump needs to go. Democratic operative and opinion writer for The Hill Neil Baron wrote Saturday:

“If Congress doesn’t remove Donald Trump from office, foreign nations will worry long after his presidency that America’s legislative branch is incapable of removing a president whose party controls the Senate no matter how lawless and destructive he or she might be.”

“Removing Trump would prove that Congress won’t tolerate a president who betrays and imperils America’s allies,” he claimed.

Democrats are also continuing to collect evidence, hoping they can add a third article of impeachment, based on new emails that have been uncovered, even though there is still no evidence of wrongdoing or a crime.

Some have latched on to the president’s retweet of a Washington Examiner article Friday night with the name of the alleged CIA whistleblower whose complaint about his dealings with Ukraine led to his impeachment, arguing that it is a violation of the president’s oath of office.

The whistleblower’s identity has been kept secret based on laws that shield such persons after they allege wrongdoing by the government. Advocates say the unknown CIA officer gets anonymity under the law which protects those who speak up from retaliation and encourages others to come forward.

Democratic strategist Basil Smikle told The Hill Saturday: “The president could say something or do something to dig himself into a deeper hole and created a situation where some Republicans may feel like they need to break ranks and convict the president on articles of impeachment because he has gone too far.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Republicans are reportedly coalescing around a plan for an expedited trial while Pelosi continues to use the delay as leverage for a ‘fair’ trial — meaning one conducted on terms she finds favorable, even though she has no power to determine the procedures the Senate should follow.

Former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter made his pitch to Republicans on CNN’s show Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, arguing: “This is a trial. It’s not a political game. The oath of loyalty is to the United States of America, not to Donald Trump. These senators, Democrats and Republicans have an obligation to hear the facts, to hear witnesses, and make a decision.”

“And for Mitch McConnell to say he is working with the White House, coordinating with the defendant in this trial before the trial has even begun is atrocious. He may think he is a judge impaneling an all-white jury for a Klansman trial in Mississippi. That’s not the kind of trial we have,” said Painter.

 They also continue to target vulnerable Senate Republicans who are up for re-election in 2020, directing their supporters to call them and urge them to ditch Trump. Their target list includes senators Cory Gardner of Colorado, Martha McSally of Arizona, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Susan Collins of Maine.

Nathan L. Gonzales, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Inside Elections, told The New York Times Tuesday: “The potential pitfall for Republicans is that they stay so glued to the president that they alienate too many independent voters for their majority to survive or stay glued to him through anything — that there’s no allegation that they’re willing to break from him on.”

Democrats also keep finding suspect polls indicating that a majority of the country wants Trump impeached and removed. They are fully aware that they have not yet pushed Republicans or many Americans toward a tipping point which would justify his overthrow, but they don’t plan to quit advocating. They are too tantalizingly close.