Dems' plan to drag out impeachment
As the impeachment battle moves to the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is wisely holding the line against Democratic efforts to drag it out.
Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is demanding that Democrats be able to call new witnesses. He insists an impeachment trial has to "pass the fairness test." Fairness? He must think Americans are fools.
House Democrats have rushed to impeach President Donald Trump without evidence he committed a crime. They concocted two phony charges, "abuse of power" and "obstruction of Congress." Then they rigged the House hearings to exclude testimony from the whistleblower, whose complaint was the pretext for impeachment. And bar witnesses requested by Republicans. How fair is that?
Schumer's insistence on more witnesses -- in addition to the 17 already grilled in the House -- is a ploy to boost the House Dems' pathetic case. Get ready for more demands for witnesses and investigations.
No wonder McConnell is telling Schumer to pound salt. The public is fed up. Polls show independent voters and swing-state voters increasingly oppose impeachment. Ending it quickly will allow Congress to get back to serious issues instead of this invented crisis.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is proposing a brief Senate trial, with no witnesses. "Here's what I want to avoid," said Graham, "this thing going on longer than it needs to."
House Dems will rehash their feeble case to the 100 Senators who serve as jurors. After the White House legal team rebuts, the Senate will deliberate and vote. It could all be done by mid-January. Better yet, start immediately, and have it done before Christmas.
Under the Senate's long-standing impeachment rules, the trial format does not require witnesses. Schumer falsely claims no witnesses means a cover-up. He needs to read the rules.
Predictably, many Republicans seething over unfair House proceedings want witnesses. They're salivating to put the Bidens, the whistleblower and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on the hot seat.
But avoiding a battle over witnesses will allow the Senate to focus on the more important issue -- the Democrats' preposterous grounds for impeachment.