Adam Schiff almost pulled off an impeachment coup.
But the Democrats’ quest to remove Donald Trump ended in defeat.
And it’s all because Adam Schiff failed after one secret meeting. This Republican is who took him down.
The question with impeachment was never whether Trump would be acquitted.
It was clear from the beginning that there was insufficient evidence against Trump for him to actually be impeached.
In fact the Democrats have failed to find a single witness that would say that Trump wanted to harm Joe Biden because he was his political enemy.
The Democrats are so desperate for any evidence against Trump that they were thrilled to learn that a disgruntled former employee was willing to tell all of Trump’s awful secrets in a tell-all in his upcoming book.
The real question with impeachment was whether it was going to hurt Trump’s chances of being reelected in 2020.
And the poll results are clear on the subject. Impeachment didn’t work.
Adam Schiff was hoping that having additional witnesses would give the Democrats more ammunition to use against Trump.
If the Senate had voted for more impeachment witnesses, the Democrats could have used the opportunity to drag the affair on and on forever.
If John Bolton had had actual evidence against Trump, Adam Schiff would have gone to court to get him to testify.
He didn’t because John Bolton had nothing to add to the conversation. None of the Democratic witnesses added to the knowledge that President Trump released himself.
That’s why Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) worked together tirelessly to stop moderate Republicans from voting for more witnesses.
“It really came down to we knew we had 47 Democrats who wanted more witnesses. Why? Because they knew they hadn’t proven the case, they’re losing, and so the only hope they have is [to] extend it, go on a fishing expedition and see if they can find something,” Cruz said on his podcast. “The big, open question was: Were four Republicans going to join them? We knew that two Republicans were – they’d announced it already – Mitt Romney and Susan Collins with [Democrats]. There were two other senators in play, Lamar Alexander and Lisa Murkowski and it was close. Last night, Lamar announced that he was going to come out and say, ‘Enough is enough’ and we got a final decision from Lisa today just a few minutes before she voted.”
Graham then added they “had a little team trying to convince people” to vote against additional witnesses at the impeachment trial.
“So, what would happen if you called witnesses? It’d be a shitshow,” Graham said. “You’re not just going to call John Bolton. If you’re going to call a witness, we’re going to call all the witnesses. Wouldn’t you want to know a little bit about the Bidens?”
“Ted made a very eloquent argument that it throws the courts into chaos,” Graham went on. “It would be the first impeachment in history where executive privilege would be decided by the United States Senate; that if you call one witness, you’re going to call a bunch of witnesses; the president didn’t get to call one witness in the House.”
“The whole idea of legitimizing an impeachment in the House that took 78 days. You can’t get a parking ticket [taken care of in court] in 78 days if you contest it.”
Adam Schiff said that the White House was guilty because they contradicted Bolton’s testimony.
“Adam Schiff made a mistake,” Cruz said. “He was standing up, arguing, and he said. ‘Listen, the White House defense team have made John Bolton relevant because they have contradicted what he said.’ And then he threw a little aside, he said, ‘If they’d have stipulated to it, then they’d have an argument.’”
Cruz went to Alexander and Murkowski and explained the problem.
“This idea of if you stipulate to a quid pro quo, if you agree, even if there isn’t a quid pro quo, we win, that might get their vote,” Cruz suggested. “That might give them a ground to be comfortable.”
The reason that John Bolton didn’t need to testify was because even if what he said was true it wasn’t an impeachable offense.
If the Democrats had acted in a more reasonable way, they might have gotten more witnesses.
But if they had been reasonable they wouldn’t have started impeachment in the first place.