Yesterday, Sen. Schumer laid out the Democrats’ agenda for the foreseeable future. That agenda is endless investigations and unlimited accusations. During his press conference yesterday, Sen. Schumer said “How, on such a weighty matter, could we avoid hearing this, could we go forward without hearing it? I haven’t seen a single good argument about why these witnesses shouldn’t testify — unless the president has something to hide and his supporters want that information hidden.”

Byron York has this figured out:

If Schumer gets what he wants, it seems hard to believe that will be the end of it. The request for more witnesses appears designed to lead not to closure but to reopening the case against Trump. In this way, if Democrats can introduce new testimony in the trial, they can say the new testimony has raised new questions that will require new investigation. And new investigation will require more new witnesses, which will surely lead to more new questions, which …

That won’t be the end of it. The minute that Trump won the election, they immediately started calling for his impeachment. When they retook the majority in the House, they started talking about the Mueller Report being the basis for impeachment. When that report flopped, they tried reviving it by having Mueller testify about it. Democrats insisted that Mueller’s testimony would “breath new life” into the Report. That hearing failed miserably.

Now Senate Democrats want to extend the investigation rather than act as the impeachment jury, which is what the Constitution gives the Senate the responsibility to do. These would be new witnesses. If they were central figures to the investigation, why didn’t Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi and the Democrats call them to testify? When President Trump invoked privilege on them, the House Democrats could’ve taken him to court to compel testimony. They chose not to:

“Every member I’ve spoken to wants to see it wrapped up in 2019 in the House of Representatives,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. Given the potential for a long battle that ends in front of a conservative Supreme Court, “most of us don’t want to put our eggs in that basket.

Implicit in that quote is that Democrats thought that the risk was too high to file a lawsuit. Democrats thought that they wouldn’t get the outcome they wanted. Further, they thought that these witnesses weren’t important enough.

Sen. McConnell highlights Sen. Schumer’s duplicitousness in this part of his speech:

The Democratic Leader’s letter to me, by way of the press, literally misquoted the Constitution. ‘Senator Schumer wrote that we should exercise, quote, ‘the Senate’s ‘sole Power of Impeachment‘ under the Constitution with integrity and dignity.’ He attributed to the Senate, quote, the ‘sole Power of Impeachment.’ ‘Well, there’s his problem. That’s the role the Constitution gives to the House! Article I, Section 2 says “The House of Representatives… shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”

Susan Collins is upset with Sen. Schumer because he sent his letter to the press without first talking with Sen. McConnell:

“It seems to me unfortunate that Sen. Schumer wrote a letter which he released to the press prior to his sitting down and having the kind of discussion with Sen. McConnell,” Collins said.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Sen. Schumer intentionally pulled this stunt. Further, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Sen. Schumer is a partisan political hack. This proves it:

During a Monday interview on CNN’s New Day, Schumer was asked if he would strike a deal with Republicans to get testimony from those four witnesses in return for testimony from Biden, a witness many Republicans have requested. Schumer, however, said there was no justification to drag Biden in to testify.

In Sen. Schumer’s mind, not only does he want to do the House Democrats’ job but he also wants to continue the House Democrats’ practice of denying President Trump’s legal team the right to call witnesses.

Nobody is above the law. Minority leaders, though, don’t have the right to deprive presidents their due process rights. Defendants across the nation have the right to call witnesses to assist in their defense. Sen. Schumer, in addition to lying about the Senate’s role in impeachment, now wants to deprive a president he hates of his due process rights.

That’s the type of conduct you’d expect in a third world dictatorship or in the former Soviet Union. In the United States, we don’t just expect fair treatment of defendants. We demand that treatment.

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