After months of impeachment proceedings and bloviating by the House Democrats, the end is in sight!
It’s about time. According to multiple news outlets, the Republicans have enough votes to block witnesses from testifying and sources suggest that a final vote on acquittal could come as soon as tomorrow.
Thank God! We all knew how this was going to end from the get-go. The whole impeachment trial was a waste of time.
Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins appear to be the only Republican senators leaning towards calling on witnesses— such as John Bolton—to testify. The Democrats need a total of four GOP senators to defect to their side for witnesses to be called. So far, they are still short on votes, and time is running out.
The Hill reported, “It was clear to Senate Republicans on Wednesday after a morning meeting between Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that the question of having additional witnesses is settled, and the Senate will vote Friday to wrap up the impeachment trial of President Trump.
There was no discussion of witnesses at a Senate GOP lunch meeting Wednesday, which was held a couple of hours after McConnell and Murkowski met for about 20 to 30 minutes.
That was seen as a sign by several senators that Democrats will fail to convince four Republicans to join them in calling for witnesses. Without a vote to hear from witnesses, the trial could end as soon as Friday.”
Now, we shouldn’t put the cart before the horse here, given how quickly things can change in Washington, but the prospects are looking good. If the vote count changes, this article will definitely not age well.
The impeachment inquisition began on September 9th when a whistleblower complaint alleging that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate the Bidens was made public. It likely began earlier than that, given the revelation that Adam Schiff’s office worked with the whistleblower beginning in August of 2019.
If the senators change their minds and vote to call witnesses, Schiff should be called as well. He should be asked about his dealings with the whistleblower and held to account for illegally obtaining the phone records of Rudy Giuliani and other members of Trump’s defense team.
On September 9th, a whistleblower complaint came to light alleging that President Trump had put pressure on the Ukrainians to investigate Joe Biden’s role in having a former Ukrainian prosecutor fired for investigating his son Hunter.
The anonymous whistleblower, who is said to work with the CIA, filed the complaint with the intelligence community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, on August 12.
The Inspector-General investigated the complaint and found it to be credible. The IG then forwarded the complaint to the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire.
Maguire initially refused to share the complaint with Congress until Trump himself approved the release of the whistleblower complaint to the public.
Let’s backtrack for a minute.
Rep. Schiff claims that he learned about the existence of the complaint from the inspector general on September 9th.
However, read the following tweet from Schiff on August 28th and see if you pick up on some similarities between the tweet and the whistleblower complaint:
“Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent.
It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict.
Or how destructive it is to our national security.”
Seems suspicious, doesn’t it?
Schiff’s tweet very closely resembles the whistleblower complaint that he supposedly didn’t know about until September 9th.
It is difficult not to contemplate that this whole impeachment drama was a setup from the get-go.
Five months later, here we are, at the end of the rocky road of impeachment. The Dems have egg on their face, and everyone knows it. They didn’t get what they hoped for, namely the removal of President Trump.
In the words of former President Gerald R. Ford: “Our long national nightmare is over. My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men.”
Let’s hope that the rule of law will triumph once again, and, hopefully, the impeachment nightmare will soon be a distant memory.