Senate Republicans don’t seem to have the cojones to reject articles of impeachment that may be drawn up by Democrats without due process for the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump or voters.
Article I Section II of the Constitution clearly states “The House of Representatives shall choose their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. It did not say the majority or select committees are empowered to impeach. Any other interpretation of this unambiguous constitutional directive is for corrupt political purposes.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell briefed Republicans in a closed-door session on Wednesday on the process of conducting a Senate trial if the House sends over articles of impeachment.
McConnell is prepared to rubber stamp the kangaroo court that was set up by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and three committees in the House of Representatives to conduct an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi indicated Wednesday she will not schedule a full House vote at this time so all members can participate in the monumental decision to impeach and possibly remove the president.
“Under the impeachment rules of the Senate we’ll take the matter up, the chief justice will be in the chair, we’ll have to convene every day, six days out of seven at 12:30 or 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Senators will not be allowed to speak, which will be good therapy for some of them,” McConnell said.
If the House impeaches Trump for purely political advantage, will the Senate just bend over without objection? Does this body have any concern for the irreparable damage that will be done to future duly elected presidents when this precedent is endorsed by the upper chamber? Don’t both chambers have a duty to act as a check on each other? Now is the time for the Senate to step up by rebuking and dismissing this roughshod and constitutionally questionable attempt to draft articles of impeachment.
Reports indicate Senate lawmakers determined the rules would not allow any senator to move to dismiss the charges and that they would not be able to win consent from the Democrats to bring up a vote to dismiss, but the House has not been following any historical precedents. They have been making up rules in an ad hoc manner. Is Mitch McConnell endorsing these haphazard, extreme procedures?
The Democrats have been conducting hearings in secrecy and recently shifted to what they refer to as “depositions” in order to limit the questioning to one attorney per round. They have been renaming their secret inquisitions grand jury proceedings. They have been blocking the minority members from issuing subpoenas and calling their own witnesses. They have also been intimidating and threatening witnesses.
McConnell called their proceedings unfair and a violation of President Trump’s rights on Tuesday. He noted that past presidents and their teams were given access to evidence in prior impeachment proceedings. They also had the standing to suggest their own witnesses and were granted subpoena powers so that the minority had due process, but Pelosi insists a formal vote isn’t required for Democrats to continue with their probe.
The actions of Democrats will do irreparable damage to the due process rights of future presidents. Federal judges and the Supreme Court have always relied on precedent in their deliberations, while respecting and upholding basic rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Shouldn’t the Senate do the same?
Democrats have been attempting to do away with due process rights since they unjustifiably accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of numerous sexual assaults last year. Now they are pushing to do the same to the president using suspect polls to prove the majority of voters have legitimized their unilateral impeachment inquiry.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume also gave Democrats his stamp of approval Wednesday on The Story based on polling data arguing, “The Democrats with this impeachment issue — they’re winning.”
“This proceeding behind closed doors with a multitude of leaks coming that all point basically in the same direction, which is ‘Trump’s guilty’, have been pouring out of these behind-closed-door sessions,” said Hume.
Democrats want to impeach Trump for obstructing their investigation of his call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
They argue Trump was asking for Ukraine help in probing their candidate for president, Joe Biden and his son Hunter who were negotiating questionable deals in the country. Democrats insist that Trump used military aid of $400,000 as a quid pro quo to push the probe of a political rival.
Trump released the full unclassified, unredacted transcript of his call which revealed there was no reference to a quid pro quo.
They claim Trump has been stonewalling their investigation by refusing to cooperate with subpoenas and attempting to block administration officials from participating in their secret depositions.
Democrats had hoped the Mueller report would produce documented impeachable offenses, but former special counsel Robert Mueller didn’t uncover any. Undaunted, they have taken the unprecedented step of cooking up another unfounded case and McConnell is prepared to give it legitimacy with a Senate trial.
FOX News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett wrote Wednesday, “Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her chosen marionette, Rep. Adam Schiff, are operating in the shadows of secrecy. Their authority does not derive from the House of Representatives itself upon a full majority vote. Instead, they have commandeered impeachment power by anointing themselves as the sole determinants.”
“They alone have chosen a “star chamber” approach to removing the president. The remaining members of the House are left in the dark without access to facts, documents and testimony. So, too, are President Trump and American voters who placed him in office. What is the purpose of an electoral choice by the many if it can be reversed by the furtive maneuvers of the few? Or two?” asked Jarrett.
As the Democratic agenda becomes more radical the party will have to resort to more extreme tactics to win elections. Where will this abuse of power stop if it is not stamped out now?