Opinion| Mark Sidney| Let me preface this by saying that I am of the belief that witnesses should called in the Senate trial of President Donald Trump. I know a lot of my friends who also support Trump do not agree with me on this.
I think calling witnesses will only help to prove that Trump was well within reason to ask for investigation into the apparent rampant corruption of the previous administration. Let us not forget Trump’s mandate was to ‘drain the swamp.’ So why not use this opportunity to hang the DS’ dirty laundry out to dry in front of the entire nation.
Sure, we would hear from John Bolton, who, quite frankly, maybe 5 people on Earth actually trust to tell the truth. However, if the process is fair (yes, I know that is a big ask) Trump’s team can also call
**** ********** (‘the whistleblower’),
Fired Ukrainian Prosecutor, Viktor Shokin
Ukrainian Head of State, Volodymyr Zelensky
Among many, many others. I also do not think we should be so quick to discount the idea that even though we support President Trump, trials generally have witnesses, and our support for him should not color our judgement when it comes to how the law is enforced. You’ll say that the law says the Senate votes on the rules of the trial, and that is true. Again, I just see it as a chance to call all the people we have wanted to get under oath for a long time now.
That being said, it seems that Trump and his team want to get this over with as soon as possible and the Republicans are pushing for this result.
Now, as expected, Willard, ‘yes, Mr. banker, whatever you say, Mr. banker’ Romney is obviously going to do all he can to upset Trump’s applecart.
Mitt, however, is not the only Republican who is going to take the side of the Democrats on this one.
The Gateway Pundit reports: ‘RINO Senator Susan Collins (ME) said Thursday night that she will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed.
An earlier report by ABC News said McConnell has the votes to block witnesses.
The vote on Friday is expected to be very close.
“In keeping with the model used for the impeachment trial of President Clinton, at this point, Senators are able to make an informed judgment about what is in dispute and what is important to the underlying issues,” Collins wrote.
“I believe hearing from witnesses would give each side the opportunity to more fully and fairly make their case, resolve any ambiguities, and provide additional clarity. Therefore, I will vote in support of the motion to allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed,” she added.’
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2020
Collins vote will likely be of little consequence as Thursday night, Senator Lamar Alexander announced he will be voting against the calling of witnesses.
Chad Pergram explains:
Senate does not appear to have the votes to open the door to witnesses tomorrow night. Collins and Romney for witnesses. Alexander opposed. Even if Murkowski is a yes, they don’t have the votes. 50-50 vote is a tie, which by rule, fails
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) January 31, 2020
It’s starting to look like this is going to be over soon, perhaps by the weekend. Do you want to see