In a stunning admission from Senate Republicans, Mitch McConnell and his band of obstructionist lawmakers have promised, in essence, not to listen to a single word of evidence in an impeachment trial that winds up in their chamber if charges are brought in the House.
Many, until now, had speculated that if the Democrats waited and kept building evidence of Trump’s crimes — at this point far more extensive than anything detailed in the Mueller Report — that GOP Senators would be forced either by guilt or by public sentiment to hear out the charges and actually hold a trial, perhaps even convicting Trump in the end.
It’s clear now that Republicans have no intention of even hearing any part of it, no matter how much evidence there is.
There is a slim chance that Republicans are bluffing on this, and that Senators like John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Judiciary, are simply using the threat of what basically amounts to treason in order to dissuade Democrats from actually bringing charges against Trump — if charges are filed, every single Republican will have to go on record voting against conviction, after what will have been as public and lengthy a discovery and evidentiary process as the House wants to make it.
The longer the House spends laying out evidence against Trump among themselves — but in reality, for the American people — the more lies Republicans will have to tie to their own political fates on Trump’s behalf.
On the other hand, given the GOP’s behavior basically the entire time Trump has been in office, it’s far more likely that they’re telling the truth, and they really do intend to make a complete mockery of American democracy because they think they can do this forever.
Senator Thom Tillis actually paid a little lip service to the Constitution when asked about it:
We have to perform our constitutional duty, but if people think that we’re going to try and create a theater that could give you the perception that this is a matter that rises to the level of Watergate, that’s nonsense.”
Nonsense. That’s how the Republicans are even approaching impeachment before any evidence is heard. And although technically Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would be presiding over the trial, any single Senator could call for an appeal to any ruling by Roberts on a piece of evidence, and a simple majority could overrule Roberts’ opinion.
I just wish if they were going to hold a kangaroo court, they at least had to give us kangaroos in suits to look at instead of their treasonous faces.
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