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.
BUT THEY COULD!
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.
The Trenchant Observer