Swift Impeachment Trial And Acquittal Coming Up

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Posted: Jan 21, 2020 8:49 AM
Swift Impeachment Trial And Acquittal Coming Up

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The Trump impeachment trial starts Tuesday. It rates to be a swift one.

The Hill reports McConnell Proposes Compressed Schedule for Impeachment Trial.

House impeachment managers will have 24 hours over two days to make their opening arguments when they begin to present their case against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday, according to a resolution circulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

President Trump’s team similarly will have two days to present their arguments and then senators will have a chance to ask questions and consider subpoenas of witnesses.

The resolution, as expected, does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard.

“McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want tThe resolution includes language favored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other GOP moderates requiring a debate and vote on subpoenaing new witnesses and documents.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who worked with McConnell and Collins to modify the resolution, said it “guarantees a vote on whether we need additional evidence at the appropriate time.”he American people to hear them,” Schumer said.

Done Deal

With Collins on board, this is a done deal.

Protests and howls will ensue.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

March for Truth?

Does either side want the "Truth"?

No one wants the "truth." Both sides only want "their truth."

Regardless of what you think the "truth" might be, Trump is going to be acquitted.

Personal Opinion

My personal opinion, which does not matter one iota, is that impeachment was at best a stretch to begin with.

I have commented before that I do not believe Trump committed crimes worthy of being removed from office.

There's a fine line between questionable political moves and removal from office. And some might debate the word "questionable".

Regardless, it was 99% clear from the beginning that Trump would never be removed from office.

Democrat Perspective

The irony in this charade game is that it is not even clear if removing Trump from office would help the Democrats.

Consider the fact that If Trump were removed from office, Republicans would put up a different candidate -- most likely, but not necessarily, vice president Mike Pence.

Instead of having a lightning rod, namely Trump, to campaign against, it would be someone else.

Curiously, a quick acquittal accompanied with protests is actually in the Democrat's best interests.

The Democrats will howl for months about how "unjust" this all is.

Some independents will believe it. At this point, that is all that matters.