Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are so desperate to cover up President Donald Trump’s crimes that they have hatched a new plot that involves changing the rules of the Senate so they can dismiss the articles of impeachment against him before they are even sent over.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been withholding the two articles of impeachment from the Senate until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) guarantees a fair trial, something he is refusing to do as he is hell bent on rigging the trial in Trump’s favor despite the damning evidence and witness testimony.
Trump abused his power by trying to bribe Ukraine into opening a sham investigation into a political rival ahead of the 2020 Election and then obstructed Congress from fully investigating the scandal.
The scandal and charges are so serious that the Senate really should hold a trial, but it appears Republicans would rather dismiss the whole thing instead of taking an oath of impartiality they can’t uphold. That’s why Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a resolution to change several Senate rules that would allow the Republican majority to simply dismiss the articles if they are not sent over by January 12th.
Thus far, several Republican senators have sponsored the resolution, along with McConnell, who clearly approves of the scheme to disgrace the Senate even more than he already has over the years.
In response, Democrats condemned Senate Republicans for orchestrating what amounts to a cover-up.
Senator McConnell’s trying to change the rules of the Senate to cover up for President Trump?
No one should be surprised. https://t.co/JvARqd51M4
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 9, 2020
If Republican Senators move for a quick dismissal of the charges against the President, with no witnesses or documents, it will be because they are afraid of the truth.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 9, 2020
A Senate trial should be like any other trial.
Senators should hear from witnesses. Senators should see the documents.
Only then can they make the best possible decision regarding the President’s misconduct.
Once upon a time, Mitch McConnell felt the same. pic.twitter.com/ilblPGgwZM
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 10, 2020
.@senatemajldr will do anything — including shirk his constitutional duty — to protect the president from accountability.
Party over country is his MO. https://t.co/tqwzSFqXVm
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 10, 2020
The resolution to change the rules would require a two-thirds majority for passage, unless McConnell shamelessly changes that rule to allow a simple majority vote. Of course, this move won’t be popular as the majority of Americans support a proper impeachment trial and want key witnesses such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton to testify. Dismissing the articles could also backfire against moderate Republicans who face mounting re-election difficulties, which will only get worse if they are seen engaging in a cover-up or allowing a cover-up to happen.
But Pelosi could simply hold another impeachment vote and pass the same two articles again and again and make it a televised event every 25 days, which is the arbitrary deadline concocted by Hawley for Pelosi to produce the articles in the Senate. And she could add additional articles of impeachment as well.
Make no mistake, Republicans may think they are clever, but all they are really doing is digging themselves a deeper hole as the 2020 Election approaches.
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