President Donald Trump stunned the co-hosts of “Fox & Friends” Friday morning by telling them that he wants a trial.
But why would you want a trial, the flummoxed co-hosts asked in bewilderment.
Partly because of something called due process, he replied.
(Source: Fox News)
He made the remarks while speaking to the co-hosts about the just-concluded impeachment hearings that were orchestrated these past two weeks by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff.
“The bottom line is all of those witnesses, they’re all shifty Schiff’s,” the president said.
Thanks to rules imposed by congressional Democrats, only Schiff’s disgruntled band of witnesses were allowed to testify at the hearings. In other words, both the president and his Republican allies in Congress were denied a chance to make their case.
“Don’t forget, there was no due process: You can’t have lawyers, we couldn’t have any witnesses,” Trump continued. “We want to call the whistleblower. but you know who I want to call as the first witness? Because frankly, I want a trial!”
This prompted co-host Brian Kilmeade to ask in confusion, “You want a trial!?”
Yes, the president replied, very much so. Why? Because “there’s nothing here,” he argued, his point being that the impeachment proceedings are a farce.
“Oh, I would, look, number one, they should never, ever impeach. This is not — I watched, I watched five people on your network yesterday say there’s nothing here,” he said.
He added that impeachment proceedings should have never been initiated and that his July 25th phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — which is primarily what the proceedings have centered on — was “totally appropriate.”
Dovetailing back to his initial remarks, note what he said about wanting to call the whistleblower to testify. Because the impeachment hearings have been occurring within the House, and because Democrats control Congress’s lower house, neither Trump nor his allies have had any substantive influence over the proceedings.
It was just explained to me that for next weeks Fake Hearing (trial) in the House, as they interview Never Trumpers and others, I get NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS. It is a Pelosi, Schiff, Scam against the Republican Party and me. This Witch Hunt should not be allowed to proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2019
Schiff is giving Republicans NO WITNESSES, NO LAWYER & NO DUE PROCESS! It is a totally one sided Witch Hunt. This can’t be making the Democrats look good. Such a farce!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2019
….This is a phony showtrial. There is zero due process, none. It is yet another fraudulent hoax conspiracy theory. It is another Witch Hunt. This is what the Socialist Doemocrat Party has become. There’s not one thing the Democrats have done in the past 3 years except try…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2019
But once House Democrats successfully impeach the president — which most agree is the most likely outcome — the proceedings will be transferred to the GOP-led Senate and thus fall under the jurisdiction of the president’s allies.
More specifically, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be forced to hold a trial of the president. While it’s already known without a shadow of a doubt that the president won’t be convicted, what remains unclear is how long the trial will last.
The choices are twofold. McConnell could hold a quick trial so the country can move on from this debacle. Or he can use it to not only “mount an elaborate defense” of the president, as The New York Times put it, but also help expose the Democrats’ corruption.
Reports suggest that Trump is personally aiming for a longer trial, whereas some of his allies in Congress are seeking to make it swift.
“Mr. Trump has told friends that he is eager to see Senate Republicans aggressively argue that he did nothing wrong, after an elaborate House impeachment proceeding that has featured a constant barrage of damaging Democratic allegations,” the Times reported Thursday.
“But some lawmakers, including Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, are pushing for a quick trial — perhaps as short as two weeks, according to people familiar with the meeting. They hope that a brief proceeding would limit the political damage to Mr. Trump and quickly lead to his acquittal, allowing him and the Republican Party to focus on winning the 2020 election.”
The argument could be made, however, that the best strategy for winning the 2020 election would be to, one, thoroughly prove Trump innocent of the crimes that Democrats have accused him of committing, and two, thoroughly expose the corruption that the evidence strongly suggests former Democrat Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, took part in.
Going back to the president’s phone interview on FNC, he later aimed some criticism directly at Schiff, whom he described as a “sick puppy.”
Furthermore, Trump suggested that one day in the near future, the allegedly illegitimate activities of Schiff and his colleagues — namely their “witch hunts” against the president — will be viewed as the real scandal.
“Adam Schiff is a sick puppy. … What you’re going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country,” he said.
When asked by the co-hosts to clarify, he referenced the Justice Department’s duo of ongoing investigations: the FISA investigation by DOJ IG Michael Horowitz, and the Russia predicate investigation by U.S. Attorney John Durham.
“I think you will see things that are going to be incredible if it is done right [once the investigations conclude],” Trump maintained.
“You have a FISA report coming out, which the word is, it’s historic, that is what the word is. That’s what I hear and if it’s historic, you will see something. Perhaps even more importantly, you have Durham, coming out, shortly thereafter.”
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