In her Washington Post opinion piece, ‘How far can the House go to stop a sham trial?’, Jennifer Rubin writes:
“I am hardly alone in noticing that between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “total coordination” with the White House and Republican Sen. Lindsey O. Graham’s expression of open contempt for impeachment (I will NOT be fair!), impeachment is heading for a sham trial in the Senate — or rather, no trial at all. A trial involves the presentation of evidence to a jury that swears to consider evidence impartially and apply the law (in this case, the Constitution). We risk not getting the evidence nor anything approximating an impartial jury if McConnell (R-Ky.) gets his way.”
Republicans, like John Katko, demonstrate complete and utter contempt for the Constitution. This is in keeping with their character, or lack there of.
The party that condones the separation of families.
The party that condones the caging of children without medical or psychological supports to say nothing of a plan to reunite those children with their caregivers.
The party that has brought about a spiraling deficit that shows no signs of slowing down.
The party that has made it possible for over 100 of the largest corporations in the country to pay virtually no taxes leaving it to the middle class to make up the difference.
The party that has made several efforts to take healthcare from millions of Americans and have no plan to replace it.
The party who looks the other way when their leader mocks, belittles, excoriates, and publicly demeans anyone disagreeing with him.
The party that has done very little to protect the sanctity of our elections.
The party that actually condones foreign interference in our election process.
The party that made every effort to destroy the reputations of career public servants who testified in the impeachment inquiry.
The party that has looked the other way as this president and his family have continued to line their pockets with the spoils of the presidency in violation of the Emoluments Clause.
So, no one should be surprised that such people would shamelessly put on a sham trial. Ms. Rubin provides five options the Democrats could use in this situation, but this is my favorite.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could, after the House vote on the articles, decline to send over the articles until such rules for a real trial can be agreed upon. Give McConnell, say, 30 days to get this right. While the House makes clear that impeachment is urgent, there is no remedy for a clear and present danger in a farcical non-trial. Pelosi’s time frame could raise pressure on McConnell, further unhinge Trump and give Democrats a chance to get out there, as they have failed so far to do, with a full-blown ad campaign to convince voters of what is at stake.”
So, Mr. Katko and Mr. McConnell, I would suggest you and the rest of this president’s stooges should enjoy this moment. It won’t last. There is one inescapable law that I have always found to be true:
What goes around, comes around.