Much was made this week of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s statement that he’ll be working closely with the Trump administration on the Senate impeachment trial. When told of that, Sen. Murkowski told Anchorage TV station KTUU “And in fairness, when I heard that I was disturbed. To me it means that we have to take that step back from being hand in glove with the defense, and so I heard what leader McConnell had said, I happened to think that that has further confused the process.”

I wasn’t upset with either senator’s statement. When Sen. Schumer and other Democrats criticize Sen. McConnell for already having made up his mind, they left out the fact that each of the Democrat senators who’ve run for president this year have answered affirmatively that they’d vote to convict President Trump. The obvious question is then If McConnell is disqualified for that statement, why aren’t Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren disqualified, too?

The other question that Democrats haven’t addressed is why anyone should think that partisan senators like Blumenthal, Schumer, Whitehouse, Leahy, Hirono, Smith, van Hollen, Durbin, Markey and others have kept an open mind. They haven’t so let’s stop pretending.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, (R-PA), stated things perfectly in this interview:

Rep. Reschenthaler said “If it was a judicial proceeding, let me tell you as a magisterial district judge, I would’ve dismissed these charges on day no. 1 for lack of merit.”

This is much adieu about nothing. This isn’t a court trial. If it was, the judge would’ve already thrown it out because it’s built almost totally on hearsay testimony. Further, Democrats ignored the testimony given during cross-examination. Virtually every testifier has made a provocative statement in their opening statement. Every testifier has then been demolished on cross-examination. Bill Taylor got demolished by Jim Jordan. Gordon Sondland got demolished by Mike Turner. Marie Yovanovitch got demolished, too.

This impeachment is a sham. President Trump is the first president impeached who isn’t accused of committing a crime. The articles of impeachment will be laughed at when the history books are written. They’re both so open-ended that I could drive a truck through them. What are the elements that must be proved for abuse of power? What are the elements that must be proven to convict a president for abuse of congress? Senators can’t identify the elements because they’re making this up on the fly.

That’s the difference between made-up charges like these vs. the articles that were voted on with Nixon. Those articles involved real crimes. These don’t. That’s why this trial shouldn’t happen. It shouldn’t happen because President Trump shouldn’t have gotten impeached.

2 Responses to “The McConnell-Murkowski kerfuffle”

  • eric z says:

    Senators Booker, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders and Warren will each vote. Mitch will preside. If you see no difference there, well —

    Why in a neighboring post do you dump a load on Schiff, for having the same leadership role and a comparable bias? Your dogs are all pretty, not an ugly one among them, but, oh, on the other side —

  • Gary Gross says:

    McConnell doesn’t preside. That’s Chief Justice Roberts presides. McConnell will have a significant role to play in crafting the rules. That’s it.

    I dumped on Schiff because his rulings from the chair weren’t contested. Sen. McConnell doesn’t make rulings because that’s Chief Justice Roberts’ responsibility. If that isn’t a night-and-day difference, what is?

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