Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) is playing hardball with the Democrats — and with his fellow Republicans — over the sham impeachment.
Paul warned Republican senators that if they cave to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s shrill, baseless demands to call more impeachment witnesses like John Bolton, then he’ll have no choice but to demand that Hunter Biden be called to testify about his shady Ukraine dealings.
Basically, Paul said House Democrats should not be allowed to dictate how the Senate impeachment trial runs. Democrats had their turn with their House impeachment proceedings last month. Now, it’s the Senate’s turn to handle the matter.
Reminder: There are TWO chambers of Congress — the Senate and the House of Representatives. Neither chamber is supposed to dictate to the other how to conduct their business.
Senator Paul tweeted: “My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some [witnesses], while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more!”
My colleagues can’t have it both ways. Calling for some, while blocking others. If we are going to give a platform to witnesses the Dems demand, I look forward to forcing votes to call Hunter Biden and many more! https://t.co/hrOzVyiG9x
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 14, 2020
Rand Paul was following up on the gauntlet he threw down last week, when he told his fellow GOP senators that they better not cave to Democrat demands while ignoring Trump’s witness requests.
“Don’t think you can just vote for Bolton and not the witnesses Trump wants,” Paul told his colleagues. Paul warned Republicans to stand their ground on the matter, or there will be hell to pay from their constituents back home if they’re seen as being unfair to President Trump.
The Democrats realize that there’s almost no chance that the GOP-controlled Senate will convict Trump, so they’re trying to embarrass him by calling for testimony from people like ousted National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Meanwhile, Democrats are refusing to call witnesses that President Trump wants to hear from — like Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff, and the left-wing “whistleblower” whose complaint triggered the impeachment proceedings.
Court docs say Hunter Biden is subject of multiple criminal investigations including ‘fraud and money-laundering’ https://t.co/AjKVQNWTsX
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) December 24, 2019
Anti-Trump RINOs like Senator Mitt Romney and Susan Collins are seen as weak links who could cave to Nancy Pelosi’s demands.
Keep in mind that Congressional Democrats had their chance to call additional witnesses during their slapdash, sloppy impeachment last month. However, Democrats insisted that impeaching Trump IMMEDIATELY (before they gallivanted off to their Christmas holidays) was so urgent that it was necessary to forgo additional witnesses at the time.
However, Nancy Pelosi had a change of heart about the “urgency” of the impeachment right after the weak articles were voted on, so she hijacked them for 23 days before finally agreeing to turn them over this week.
As BizPac Review reported, the Senate is expected to follow the same procedure that the 1999 impeachment trial of Bill Clinton did.
“We’ll use the Clinton model, where you take the record established in the House, let the House managers appointed by Pelosi make the argument,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “We then let the President make his argument about why the two articles are flawed. This should be done in a couple of weeks.”
The reason why calling for additional witnesses doesn’t make any difference is because impeachment is inherently a political — not a legal — procedure.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) admitted in 1999 that impeachments are partisan, and that most senators decide how they’ll vote BEFORE the trial begins. So calling more witnesses is merely political posturing, and would have little impact on the trial’s outcome.
Moreover, Schumer confessed that during Bill Clinton’s impeachment, he had made up his mind to acquit several months before the trial began. In other words, more random witnesses would’ve made no difference. The Clinton trial started on Jan. 7, 1999 and ended on Feb. 12, 1999.
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