Will wimpy GOP back Graham on impeachment resolution?

Democrat witches are still huddled around their pot in their secret chamber in the Capitol basement, trying to cook up the perfect ingredients of fake news, misstatements, out-of-context leaks and damaging revelations to move the country toward impeachment of the president. On Wednesday GOP House members attempted to enter their lair to observe the proceedings and Democrats had them removed.

They are proceeding with their ‘grand-jury like’ formal impeachment inquiry without a full vote of the House of Representatives. They are seeking to formulate articles of impeachment around abuse of power.

They claim President Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to probe former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter for questionable conduct, and is now bucking Congress, all of which Trump is empowered to do under the Constitution. They have been trying unsuccessfully to tie the request to a quid pro quo.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday, he is planning to introduce a resolution condemning the manner in which the inquiry has been executed.

 “All I’m asking is give Donald Trump the same rights as Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton had when it comes to impeachment. And I’m insistent that Donald Trump be given the same rights every American has if he were given a parking ticket,” he urged.

 “This resolution puts the Senate on record condemning the House. … Here’s the point of the resolution: Any impeachment vote based on this process, to me, is illegitimate, is unconstitutional, and should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial,” Graham said.

 “We cannot allow future presidents and this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that’s never been voted upon, that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, to call witnesses on his behalf, and cross-examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds,” he added. Will his Senate colleagues unite around his proposal?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is already signaling he is ready to play footsie with the corrupt conspirators in the House who are nakedly motivated by a desire to inflict maximum damage to the president. He told Fox News’ Chad Pergram Tuesday, “If this were to come over from the House, Senator Schumer and I would sit down and have a conversation about it…The balls and strikes, if you will, are called by the Chief Justice.”

Even though he has urged Republicans to focus on Democrats and their tactics to defend Trump on impeachment, he has also been very convoluted in his messaging. He told reporters Tuesday he has no control over how long the Senate would take to conclude a trial if the House votes to impeach the president. He contradicted his statement last Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles of impeachment as early as Thanksgiving, and the Senate could wrap up the trial by Christmas, before the Democratic presidential primaries begin.

Graham became the hero that almost singlehandedly vanquished the Democratic mob that tried to derail the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year with numerous fake sexual assault allegations.

He erupted in righteous indignation during a Senate hearing last September over accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. She was stringing along several Republicans with her politically-motivated, tearful lies.

“What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open, and hope you win in 2020,” Graham sneered. “To my Republican colleagues, if you vote ‘no’, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing that I have seen in my time in politics.”

He succeeded in rallying his bedwetting, handwringing Republican colleagues to Kavanaugh’s side and was credited with saving his nomination.

Trump is now staring down another street mob of Democrats and McConnell is clueless as to how to rally his Senate colleagues. This fight should be a very easy one. Democrats have blatantly refused to follow any historic precedents, procedures or constitutional mandates in the conduct of their formal impeachment inquiry.

It is mystifying why McConnell, who grandstands about Trump’s day-to-day conduct and claims to care so much about process, would even take up any articles of impeachment sent up from the Democrats’ secret chamber in the basement.

If Republicans are so concerned about morals and ethics, they should be championing due process. Their actions on this impeachment proceeding will stand as a historic precedent for future presidents. It will also impact due process rights for Americans across the country.

Democrats have shown they do not care about due process for anyone. If they succeed in erasing them for the president, the citizenry will be their next target. They already formulated a blueprint, thanks to lawmakers who only care about politics, rather than principle.

 It is long overdue for Republicans to redirect their wanton outrage at Trump over policy skirmishes and tweets, or choice of words. None of those disagreements should stand in the way of forming a united front on unjustified articles of impeachment. They know that Trump has not committed any offences, let alone impeachable ones. It’s time for Senate Republicans to grow backbones. History is calling.