Now that Democrats have brought Republicans to heel in the House, they are bringing their bare knuckle impeachment brawl to the Senate.
Prize fighter Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer is morphing into a snake, launching a creepy charm offensive while dangling the potential political carcass of President Donald Trump.
Schumer told The Hill Sunday, “I’m ready to sit down with Leader McConnell and try to come up with fair rules [on impeachment]. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do that.”
“There’s no reason we can’t come up with an agreement .… I’m open to trying to be fair and down the middle and letting the facts come out and be nonpartisan,” Schumer said last Wednesday. “There’s no reason we can’t come up with good, fair and honest rules.”
Do Democrats sense weakness or smell fear from some Senate Republicans? After all, the GOP is in a bind as another House Republican, Peter King, is giving up the fight, announcing Monday he will not seek re-election for his New York seat next year.
Party leaders are viewing this as a sign Republicans see their chances of winning back the House in 2020 slipping away.
Philosopher Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” That seems to be the hope of operatives like Schumer.
Half the country supports the Democrats’ totalitarian-style takeover of the House. They have eradicated due process from the impeachment inquiry and Republicans are forced to bow at the feet of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff.
The Republican minority has been denied the ability to independently subpoena witnesses and documents, examine witnesses, introduce and object to evidence, and otherwise defend the President against the accusations made against him.
GOP leaders politely submitted their request for witnesses to Schiff for upcoming public hearings, abiding by rules passed in the House governing the conduct of the inquiry. Schiff and the Democratic chairmen of two other House committees are authorized to deny their requests.
The list included an anonymous whistleblower, who’s complaint was used to launch the inquiry, and former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter. He was serving on the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was leading negotiations on behalf of the Obama administration.
Democrats have accused Trump of using military aid of $400,000 as a quid pro quo to trigger an investigation of Biden and his son’s dealings with Burisma on a July 25th phone call with Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky. The goal, they say, was to dig up political dirt on his political rival. Biden is a leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. The call was flagged by the whistleblower.
Trump soon released an unredacted transcript showing no aid was offered in exchange for an investigation. The money was released a few months later without a probe being launched.
Schiff backhanded Republicans, denying requests for Hunter Biden and the whistleblower to testify in a letter Saturday claiming Republicans want to stage “sham” investigations into the Biden family.
“The committee also will not facilitate efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to threaten, intimidate and retaliate against the whistleblower who courageously raised the initial alarm,” said Schiff.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Sunday if Democrats block the whistleblower from testifying “this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
“It’s impossible to bring this case forward in my view fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross-examine them,” said Graham in an interview on the Fox Business show Sunday Morning Futures.
Former US Attorney Joe diGenova excoriated Democrats in an interview on Mornings on the Mall with Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese on Monday.
“This is a political assassination, this is a decapitation of a president. This is regicide, said diGenova. “This is a fraud on the Constitution and fraud on the American public. The Democrats are complicit with the media on this regicide.”
Democrats snubbed the Constitution and House precedents for the conduct of an impeachment inquiry weeks ago. If the Democrats get their way they will storm the Senate and bully their way to a conviction of Trump in a trial. Their resounding success at overturning due process in the House has paved the way.