Whatever outrage one wants to express over the rights and wrongs during the impeachment saga, it has been the most predictable event in American history.
There was no surprise that the Senate didn’t indulge the Democrats with more witnesses. For two reasons:
1) Partisan lines (don’t think for a second the Dems wouldn’t have done the same had they held a majority in the upper house). The GOP did play by the constitution in its rejection of witnesses. The Dems are the pot calling the kettle black given their actions in the House of Representatives;
2) the Democrats had all the time in the world to lengthen their own impeachment trial in the lower house to include any witnesses they chose – including Bolton. They didn’t, such was their wish to rush the trial (at least until Nancy’s pens arrived). Now it is convenient to point fingers at the GOP for not doing what it could have done itself was it to be thorough in the initial process. Is it the GOP’s fault for the sloppiness of its opponent?
It was no secret that Bolton intended to spill his version of the beans in his role as NSA director. He openly admitted as much on Twitter well before the House passed the articles of Impeachment to the Senate. The Democrats knew it. His tweets went viral. Why didn’t Schiff wait? They would have had their man in the witness box.
Politics is a dirty game. For all those that are complaining at the conduct of the GOP senators, they clearly weighed their re-election chances via their actions. At the moment, Trump’s re-election still looks assured, with the added insult Trump would technically be able to run in the 2024 election too, given a failed impeachment resets the clock.
The GOP have argued there was no victim, therefore no crime. We can play semantics til the cows come home but this trial was open and shut before it began. No surprises at all. Not lost on the American public either.
When the Washington Post ran an article on the 20th January 2017 which read,
“The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun”
the sinister campaign by the Democrats – who couldn’t believe Hillary wasn’t coronated – to find a way to remove Trump by any means started. Representatives like Maxine Waters were wailing “Impeach 45” well before the phone call with Ukraine. Rep Tlaib happily shouted “we’re gonna impeach the mother f@cker” when she won her seat. Well before the impeachment trial.
One has to wonder whether the Deep State goes to DEFCON 1 and tries more extreme measures to remove him. Let’s hope for all our sakes, no such event transpires.