Donald Trump may believe that his warmongering, his assassination of a top Iranian general, his threats to Iran that he will destroy 52 of their cultural icons, and his attempt to start WWIII will cause us to all lose sight of his impeachment and looming trial. It won’t. Impeachment news may have taken a backseat in the press, but it definitely is not going away, as Trump had obviously intended. A few things made their way into the news yesterday regarding impeachment.
So, former National Security Advisor John Bolton says he will be willing to testify before the Senate impeachment trial if allowed to do so. At least 4 republicans and every democrat in the Senate will have to vote in favour of hearing Bolton’s testimony, and I’m not sure there are four republican senators who own a pair, much less remember where they keep them.
However, my question is this … why didn’t Bolton come through and testify during the House impeachment hearings? His lawyer says he knew about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine matter that had not been shared with impeachment investigators. It is also said that he was “deeply troubled” by the campaign to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats. So, if all of that was true, and if Mr. Bolton has a conscience and wishes to do the right thing, where was that conscience in November and December?
And then, there was Lindsey Graham. Good ol’ Lindsey who cannot remember from one day to the next who his friends are, and who one day wants to censure Trump, and the next day thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Lindsey Graham who stabbed his “best friend” John McCain in the back. Now Lindsey has decided it is up to him to decide to change the Senate rules regarding Trump’s trial and (hopefully) conviction.
Nancy Pelosi, as you know, has not yet sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate, pending some indication from the Senate that they are prepared to hold some semblance of a fair and impartial trial. To date, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have blatantly stated that they had no intention of being fair, that the trial would simply be a formality to be gotten through, with Trump’s acquittal the pre-determined outcome. This is not acceptable, and Ms. Pelosi is holding back sending the articles, hoping for some reassurance that the Senate will do their proper job.
That is what has Lindsey and a number of other senators up in arms. Why do they care? Because, the closer it gets to November 3rd, election day, the less they want the publicity of an ongoing impeachment trial to be fresh on the minds of the voters. The republican senators want the trial to be speedy and low-key, with few or no witnesses called, and to be over and done as quickly and early as possible. Not, mind you, because it is in the best interest of We the People, but only because it is in their best interests for re-election. People have short attention spans, especially in the current climate with war looking more and more likely, and if the trial were held in late January, by November a large percentage of people would have forgotten all about it.
What Lindsey is proposing is a change in the Senate rules …
“What I would do, if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Senator McConnell to change the rules of the Senate so we could start the trial without her, if necessary.
Well, we’re not going to let Nancy Pelosi use the rules of the Senate to her advantage. This is dangerous to the presidency as an institution. They impeached the president, but the speaker of the House is holding the articles back, trying to extort from the majority leader of the Senate a trial to her liking. They’re trying to hold these articles over the head of the president.
If we don’t get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules, deem them to be delivered to the Senate so we can start the trial, invite the House over to participate if they would like. If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country.”
Get on with governing the country, Lindsey??? WTF are you talking about, for you and your ignoble buddies there in the Senate have refused to pass legislation sent over by the House of Representatives for over a bloody year now! You haven’t done a thing but sit on your fat ass and run your ignorant mouth. Govern the country, my foot!
The way I see it, the impeachment trial has now taken on an even greater importance, for in the last 5 days, Trump has proven that he is, indeed, the madman I’ve been calling him. This nation absolutely cannot handle another five years of his presidency, and frankly I’m not sure we can survive another year and come out intact. It is on the Senate to make sure his trial is by the book, that witnesses are called by both parties, that the evidence is seriously considered, and that he is convicted and removed from office. Anything less than that is unacceptable and will cost lives … many lives.