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Mitch McConnell And The Democrats’ Strange Confusion About Impeachment

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It is getting harder and harder to follow the House Democrats’ impeachment narrative.

According to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, even after Democrats in the House concluded their investigation of President Trump and transmitted Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, the House impeachment managers have a “wealth of evidence” to present. Speaker Pelosi has said of the evidence gathered by the House, “We saw a strong case and infallible, undeniable case for the impeachment of the President.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler chimed in saying, “There is an overwhelming case, beyond any reasonable doubt.”

What’s more, the Democrats tailored the record of the House “inquiry” to fit their anti-Trump narrative, not to reveal the neutral facts of what actually happened.

Chairman Schiff and House Democrats led soviet-style hearings in the basement of the Capitol and denied the majority of Republican Members of Congress access to the secret hearings that were held in the basement of the Capitol.

Schiff lied to the American people about the facts at hand: During a televised hearing, Schiff read a manufactured transcript of the President’s call with Zelensky in an effort to mislead the American people.

Schiff also tried to cover up his collusion with the whistleblower. Indeed, Schiff blatantly lied when asked if his committee had been in contact with the whistleblower, when in fact his committee had been colluding with the whistleblower before the complaint was even filed.

Even worse, the President was denied all due process throughout Schiff’s hearings. Schiff denied President Trump the right to have counsel present, the ability to cross examine witnesses, and to see and present evidence.

And, when the inquiry reached the House Judiciary Committee, Democrats once again denied the President his constitutional rights. Despite the Judiciary Committee’s efforts to put on a façade of fairness, they were never even willing to spell out what rights they would afford the President.

After the Soviet-style show trial in the House, Senator Patty Murray had the gall to claim that House Democrats conducted a “careful and thorough investigation.”

So, if the case against President Trump was infallible and undeniable, and the House conducted a “careful and thorough investigation,”  and the Democrats used the power of their House majority to carefully tailor a record that was derogatory to President Trump, why would Speaker Pelosi say after the Democrats transmitted their Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, “[W]e need to have witnesses and documentation, and if we don’t, that is a cover-up.”?

It’s probably because after all that, the Democrats still haven’t made their case to the American people, or the Senators trying the facts and law behind the Articles of Impeachment the House submitted against the President.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is about to make them look even more confused.

McConnell has introduced a resolution setting forth the trial rules that spread the presentations of both sides over 24 hours spanning three days, and then allow for 16 hours of questions from Senators.

In comments over the past few days all of the Senate’s Republican perennial problems (Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is up for reelection, Mitt Romney of Utah, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) have either praised McConnell's proposed rules or indicated they would go along with them, with Alexander saying the resolution "guarantees a vote on whether we need additional evidence at the appropriate time." He added that the proposal "establishes fundamentally the same rules that the Senate approved by a vote of 100-0 for the Clinton impeachment trial in 1999."

Democrats have sharply condemned McConnell's resolution, calling it a rushed cover-up and a "significant" break from the precedent of Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York quickly announced that he will introduce a series of amendments to McConnell's resolution – but don’t expect any of them to pass in the face of a (fairly) united Senate Republican Conference.

President Trump fired off this tweet from Davos, Switzerland with his take on Schumer’s complaints:

Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is now asking for “fairness”, when he and the Democrat House members worked together to make sure I got ZERO fairness in the House. So, what else is new?


As White House Counsel Pat Cipollone pointed out yesterday, these contradictory claims defy common sense and would not be accepted by any court in the United States: “They said in their brief, ‘we have overwhelming evidence,’ and they’re afraid to make their case. Think about it. It's common sense. Overwhelming evidence to impeach the President of the United States, and then they come here on the first day and they say, ‘You know what, we need some more evidence... Now let me tell you something. If I showed up in any court in this country and I said, ‘Judge, my case is overwhelming, but I'm not ready to go yet. I need more evidence before I can make my case,’ I would get thrown out in two seconds. And that's exactly what should happen here.”


In brief remarks on the floor before introducing his rules resolution McConnell said, “Today, we will consider and pass an organizing resolution that will structure the first phase of the trial… This initial step will offer an early signal to our country: Can the Senate still serve our founding purpose? Can we still put fairness, even-handedness and historical precedent ahead of the partisan passions of the day?"

So far it looks like united Senate Republicans, with McConnell’s firm leadership, are prepared to face down the Democrats’ demands to pursue the President beyond the facts already in the record and put fairness, even-handedness and historical precedent ahead of the outrageous partisanship that is driving House Democrats to tear the country apart in their effort to overturn the 2016 election.

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The Public Announcement that Should Have Happened

In retrospect, McConnell, upon hearing the one-sided treatment of Trump and Republicans in the House, should have immediately issued a public statement that went something like this:

"To Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schiff, I am being informed by our members in the lower house that there are secret impeachment meetings taking place, meetings in which President Trump is being denied representation and due process, unfair treatment and exclusions of our Republican members under your majority. I urge you to immediately return to proper protocol and proceedings or be assured that any charges you bring to the Senate Republican majority will be summarily rejected and dismissed. You know better than to make a mockery of what should be a serious and solemn undertaking. If you truly feel your cause is just, you should welcome and encourage bipartisan involvement. Any unilateral and partisan measures in the House will be met with the same in the Seante."

There is your quid pro quo.