Democrats COULD avoid surrender to McConnell and impeachment defeat in the Senate


House Democrats, by refusing to take up the Mueller report and obstrucion of justice in their articles of impeachment, have set the stage for a kangaroo-court trial and acquittal of Donald Trump in the Senate.

Nancy Pelosi has been trying to elicit minimal guarantees for a fair trial from the Senate, but Mitch McConnell is not budging.

The House Democrats, still afraid of Trump and of taking him on directly, are just waiting for the sham trial and acquittal of Trump in the Senate. Then they can go campaign.

They seem to lack the courage to take Trump on directly, with the obstruction of justice case already laid out with rock-solid evidence in the Mueller Report.


They could start hearings on a third article of impeachment on Obstruction of Justice, which would light a fire under McConnell while giving Nancy Pelosi additional grounds for not sending the first two articles of impeachment that have already been approved over to the Senate–until the latter agrees to fair trial procedures.

House hearings on Obstruction of Justice would help the Democrats educate the American people as to the 10 instances of obstruction of justice already detailed the Mueller Report.

Obstruction of justice is a grave crime,  It is like threatening (or bribing or kidnapping) a witness in a criminal trial so he or she won’t appear in court, in order to shield a defendant from testimony that would  convict him.

If, after House approval of a third article of impeachment, McConnell doesn’t want to call witnesses, Democrats should be OK with that, as long as each Senator has to vote on each article of impeachment.

House hearings could not only help educate the American people–and break through Trump’s propaganda wall and bubble of lies and distortions, but also help the Ameican people learn what kind if senators they have and what the Republican Party of 2020 really stands for.

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.