Friday, January 24, 2020

A Complete Farce Of A Trial

Will millions of Americans tune in to watch Day Three of House impeachment managers repeating themselves endlessly and replaying clips of videos that are deliberately edited to remove all context?

Of course not.  Senators have been seen dozing off, passing notes, making paper airplanes, playing with fidget spinners and stress balls.

This whole thing revolves around a temporary hold on a foreign aid package that was released by the deadline and turned into some sinister act of treason, bribery and extortion.

I think it is fair to say the House Democrats have painted themselves into one hell of a corner.  

Their case against the President is neither “overwhelming” nor “uncontested”. Democrats rigged the House impeachment proceedings.  They rode rough-shod over witness lists, leaked selectively to complicit press poodles and rushed head-long to indict President Trump declaring breathlessly that every day the President is not impeached is another day the country is in peril.

The bipartisan support they hung their hat on never materialized.  They got squat from the Mueller Report.  The FISA Court just yesterday officially admitted that half of the secret surveillance applications it sought to spy on the Trump campaign were illegitimate.  There is no majority support for impeachment.  They haven’t moved the needle.  There has been no proof of high crimes and misdemeanors.  And now their worst fears are about to be realized:  a disastrous and thoroughly embarrassing Senate acquittal.

On Saturday, to quote Eddie Murphy from the movie 48 Hrs, there’s a new sheriff in town.

The seven House impeachment managers are about to cede the floor to the President’s legal team—perhaps for three full days.

UPDATE:  The attorneys general of 21 states have come forward with a blistering rebuke of the impeachment of President Trump, asserting in a letter to the U.S. Senate that it "establishes a dangerous historical precedent" and urged the chamber to reject the impeachment articles.

"If not expressly repudiated by the Senate, the theories animating both Articles will set a precedent that is entirely contrary to the Framers' design and ruinous to the most important governmental structure protections contained in our Constitution: the separation of powers," they wrote.

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