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Not that it matters, given as the trial has been delayed till after President Donald Trump leaves office, but the chances of Democrats ever obtaining a conviction against him are practically nonexistent, according to RealClearPolitics co-founder Tom Bevan.
“It’s never going to happen,” he bluntly said during an appearance Thursday afternoon on Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Reports.
“You’ll have your sort of usual suspects and Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, perhaps a couple others, but to get to the number that you’d need to remove the president from office, you’d have to have a massive shift in terms of the number of senators who would vote for this,” Bevon added.
“And … the president’s already out of office. I don’t think Republicans would go along with that. It seems the point is moot.”
It is indeed moot, suggesting therefore that the Democrats’ whole impeachment drive is nothing but yet another political stunt.
This week the Democrat-controlled House impeached the president again — this time on the dubious charge of “incitement of insurrection” — with every single Democrat and 10 Republicans voting in favor.
They did so despite knowing that the president has only days left before he’s out of office.
Listen to Bevan’s remarks below:
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could conceivably vote to convict the president. While it seems unlikely, he issued a statement Wednesday saying he’s open to the possibility.
“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” he reportedly said in a statement to his Republican colleagues only minutes after the president was impeached.
But at the same time, he’s the one who single-handedly delayed the president’s trial.
“I believe it will best serve our nation if Congress and the executive branch spend the next seven days completely focused on facilitating a safe inauguration and an orderly transfer of power to the incoming Biden Administration,” he said in a formal statement Wednesday.
“I am grateful to the offices and institutions within the Capitol that are working around the clock, alongside federal and local law enforcement, to prepare for a safe and successful inauguration at the Capitol next Wednesday.”
By delaying the trial until after the president is out of office, McConnell inadvertently — or perhaps purposefully? — rendered the trial utterly meaningless.
My full statement on the next seven days and the Senate schedule: pic.twitter.com/Nh5z3f79yq
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) January 13, 2021
Even some of the president’s most staunch opponents have noted this, including Sen. Mike Rounds, who told the Associated Press on Thursday that — despite his hope that Trump’s career in politics is over — he too sees no point to a trial.
“Rounds, a Republican from South Dakota, told The Associated Press that Trump ‘tarnished his place in history’ by misleading his supporters and encouraging the mob that stormed the Capitol,” the AP reported.
“But Rounds argued the purpose of impeachment is to remove a president, and since Trump will soon leave office, the impeachment trial may not be allowed by the Constitution.”
He added that he’d rather the Senate use its time to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet members.
“I think if the question is moot, I don’t see a reason to convict,” he said.
Bevan believes it would be in Biden’s best interest to adopt this same attitude.
“Joe Biden would be better off to come out and say, tell the Senate, when Democrats take control of the Senate, look, we don’t move forward with removal of the president. Do not move forward with the trial, the impeachment trial,” he said.
“We need to lower the temperature, conduct business, new business, my administration, my agenda, and get things moving and put the past behind us. That would be the smarter move politically, I think.”
It’d also behoove soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Bevan added.
“The off-ramp [for Schumer] is for him to let it go. I don’t necessarily know the Senate has to do anything with the articles of impeachment as they’re put forward. They don’t have to conduct the Senate trial,” he said.
“Again, Joe Biden’s already asking and trying to figure out, can we do something to get my nominees confirmed, right so I can start governing? And also, Democrats are itching to get the first 100 days underway, to get their agenda moving through both chambers of Congress.”
While this may be true, host Bill Hemmer was unconvinced that the radical, Trump-hating “progressives” who now comprise much of the Democrat Party will be willing to just let him off the hook.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 14, 2021
“You think they will let this die? Democrats have blood in the water. You have hardcore progressives in the Senate. You think they’re going to give this a pass?” Hemmer asked.
Perhaps, Bevan argued.
“I think they should and they might. Look, Bill, they did what they wanted to do, which was impeach the president. It was never going anywhere to begin with. It’s Democrats saying as much as they said the other day, Trump is a threat to the nation, he can’t be in office a day longer. This was always about symbolism, always for history,” he said.
For politics, basically — as usual.
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