What is apparent is that the Republican controlled Senate’s handling of the impeachment trial is a hoax. McConnell has gone on record as saying that he is not impartial, will not allow witnesses, and has worked in coordination with Trump’s attorneys.
This travesty of justice would not occur anywhere else in America. The fact that it is happening in the halls of the Senate is very sobering.
We are witnessing the demise of democracy.
“President Trump put himself before country,” Nadler said. “The integrity of our next election is at stake. Nothing could be more urgent.”
Ambassador says quid pro quo came at “express direction of the President”
The question is: What should Americans expect from their President?
“If this is not impeachable conduct, what is? Does the oath of office itself — requiring that our laws be faithfully executed, that our President defend our Constitution that balances the powers of its branches, still have meaning?”
Donald Trump, Jr outed the alleged whistle-blower in clear violation of federal law. Will he be held accountable? Probably not. But even Fox News understands the law and has instructed its hosts to not identify the individual in question. The question is, will such blatant violation of the law go unpunished?
Obstruction of Congress is all but certain to be introduced as an article of impeachment, just as it was five decades ago when the House impeached then-president Richard Nixon.
An impeachment inquiry is a deadly serious moment, and proceeding without any Republican backing will likely undermine the inquiry’s legitimacy in the public eye.
Trump is facing a daunting reelection campaign. He is trying to convince himself that an impeachment ordeal will whip up his supporters and help him win a second term.
Perhaps, it will have the opposite effect.
Regardless of your political affiliations, this is not a moment to cheer
It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. Unlike almost every other US President that tried to unify the nation, Trump sees his future is tied to further dividing the nation, and giving his supporters more reasons to love him and hate the opposition.
Going through an impeachment hearing, which is bound to fail in the Republican controlled Senate anyway, will give Trump one more big bullhorn to shout his message of hate and division, and may, in fact, help assure his re-election.
The five articles accused the president of obstruction of justice related to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.