(TNS) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is demanding — demanding! — that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) allow Democrats to call four White House officials as “witnesses” in any upcoming impeachment trial.
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“Schumer wrote that Democrats want to call acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Mulvaney’s senior adviser Robert Blair, former national security adviser John Bolton and Office of Management and Budget staffer Michael Duffey to testify as part of a Senate trial,” The Hill reported.
“I did not hear a single argument as to why the witnesses I suggested should not give testimony. Impeachment trials, like most trials, have witnesses,” Schumer said.
In brief, Schumer is full of it … and he knows it.
First and foremost, the Constitution lays out the procedures for impeachment of a president. The House is to conduct its investigation (where witnesses are heard) and put together its case in the form of impeachment articles. Then, House “managers” are to present that case to the Senate, whose members act as jurors. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court — John Roberts — serves as the trial judge.
Yes, there are likely to be ‘witnesses’ in the impeachment trial, but not for the purposes of extending the House’s investigation, which will have already been completed.
Clearly, all Schumer is attempting to do is extend House Democrats’ investigation into infinity, if not control the process altogether.
Thankfully, McConnell isn’t swayed.
“So now the Senate Democratic leader would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them. He wants to volunteer the Senate’s time and energy on a fishing expedition to see whether his own ideas could make Chairman Schiff’s sloppy work more persuasive than Chairman Schiff himself bothered to make it,” he said Tuesday.
McConnell added that Schumer’s proposal could “only incentivize an endless stream of dubious partisan impeachments in the future, and we will invite future houses to paralyze future Senates with frivolous impeachments at will.”
“Presumably, it will be the House prosecutor’s job to ask for the witnesses they feel they need to make the case. So why does the Democratic leader here in the Senate want to predetermine the House impeachment manager’s witness request?” McConnell noted further.
It should also be noted that when the god king Obama claimed executive privilege over his White House staff, to shield them from Republican lawmakers seeking answers to questions arising from various scandals, the Garbage Party — Schumer’s party — was perfectly fine with that.
But if President Trump tries to assert the same power, he’s “hiding something” and “obstructing justice.”
McConnell’s spine appears to be steeling somewhat in the age of POTUS Trump. That’s good; he needed to buck up.
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