The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is underway.
Democrats made a surprising confession before the proceeding even got underway.
And that’s because Chuck Schumer waved the white flag of defeat with this impeachment speech.
One of the big unanswered questions remaining before the impeachment trial kicked off was what the rules resolution Mitch McConnell drafted would look like.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed she withheld the articles of impeachment from the Senate to pressure McConnell to let Democrats know the structure of the trial.
McConnell laughed at this childish stunt and refused to budge.
Finally, the night before the trial was scheduled to start McConnell released his draft resolution.
McConnell and other Republicans had been telegraphing for weeks that they wanted a speedy trial for the President since the outcome was never really in doubt.
The Senate Majority Leader also made it clear this proceeding would follow the precedent set in the 1999 Bill Clinton impeachment trial.
In that event, each side had 24 hours to make their case followed by 16 hours for Senators to ask questions.
After the opening arguments and questions, the Senate then voted on if they needed to hear from additional witnesses.
McConnell’s draft resolution gave each side two calendar days to make their 24-hour opening argument.
Under these rules a Senate trial could wrap up as quickly as next week.
Chuck Schumer released a statement claiming Republicans were trying to cover up the Democrats’ evidence by dragging out a trial until 1AM each day of opening arguments.
“Senator McConnell repeatedly promised Senators, the public and the press that his rules for the trial would be the same as the rules for President Clinton’s trial. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Schumer said. Instead the rules “depart dramatically” from that precedent, Schumer ranted.
“Under this resolution, Senator McConnell is saying he doesn’t want to hear any of the existing evidence, and he doesn’t want any new evidence,” Schumer continued. “A trial where there’s no evidence, no existing record, and no new evidence, no witnesses, no documents, that’s not a trial at all, it’s a cover-up and the American people will see it for exactly what it is.”
But Schumer’s statement was telling in one other respect.
Democrats claimed their case against the President is airtight.
If that is the case, why is Schumer worried about what time of day the trial will be held?
Unlike when the House of Representatives denied the President due process, the Senate is not choking off any procedural rights for the Democrats.
In addition, when a Senate conducts an impeachment trial all other business stops.
The Senate stops confirming judges and debating new legislation.
It is in the country’s best interest to wrap up an impeachment trial as quickly as possible – especially since everyone in Washington acknowledges that the trial will end with the President’s acquittal – as quickly as possible.
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