Pelosi exploits Chief Justice Roberts in futile attempt to score cheap political points

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In the partisan attempt to take out President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has already proven she will exploit the U.S. Constitution to reach her goal. Taking this a step further, Pelosi also showed she is not above using the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to score political points.

With the impeachment ploy about to blow up her face, Pelosi took to Twitter to slam Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for allegedly humiliating Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the Senate impeachment trial,

The assertion being in response to McConnell succeeding in holding off calls for additional witnesses in the trial, a tactic Democrats tried to employ to bolster the weak case they presented to impeach Trump.

“It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell humiliate the Chief Justice of the United States into presiding over a vote which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents and institutions which uphold the Constitution and the rule of law,” Pelosi tweeted

By a 51-49 vote, Senate Republicans blocked a resolution that would have allowed witnesses to testify and additional documents to be introduced in the trial — Democrats needed four GOP defections, but only Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, aligned with them.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., also tried to use Roberts for political gain, asking in the open question period Thursday if a lack of additional witnesses undermined the legitimacy of Roberts and the entire justice system.

Warren’s question read: “At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court and the Constitution?”

The National Review’s Andrew McCarthy said the Democrats’ demand for new witnesses in the trial “was a red herring – a talking point that had some surface appeal but, upon scrutiny, was nonsense.”

In an op-ed run by Fox News, McCarthy explained how the Senate trial differs from a judiciary trial — Pelosi and her Democratic co-conspirators should take note.

“We are used to judicial trials. Impeachment presents something completely different, a Senate trial. The Senate is a political body, not a law court,” he wrote.

McCarthy explained Democrats presented “a mountain of hearsay, press reports read into the record, witnesses testifying about their opinions on subjects they are utterly unqualified to opine on, and so on. None of that would be permitted in a judicial trial.”

Effectively, in a judiciary court, practically their entire case would have been inadmissible.

He also noted the chief justice does not have the power over the proceedings he would have in a court.

“Roberts is the presiding officer, not the judge. The Senate is the judge. For the sake of moving things along, the chief justice is ostensibly permitted to make rulings … But any ruling Roberts makes can be overruled by the Senate,” he wrote.

Democrats are so accustomed to low information followers that Pelosi and Co. don’t seem to grasp that they have become a laughing stock to informed Americans.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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