Try to stifle your laughter while watching Democrat Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lecture folks about the “fairness” he wants to see in the Senate Impeachment trial of President Trump. In fact, Schumer admits that some senators think there’s so little evidence to convict Trump that he wants more “fairness” to suss out new dirt that House Democrats didn’t discover in their “inquiry.”
After the House conducted most of its “impeachment inquiry” in Rep Adam Schiff’s panic room in secret in the basement, after he denied Republicans a chance to call witnesses without Schiff’s approval, you’ve got to appreciate the out-of-the-ballpark gall that it takes to completely ignore your own side’s treachery and demand you be treated better.
That was Schumer’s task on Monday as he told reporters that he wanted to call his own witnesses to testify against President Trump, gain access to subpoenaed documents denied the House, and hold a real trial to collect evidence and cross examine witnesses.
“A good number of my Republican colleagues said that they believe the charges are serious but there isn’t enough evidence yet to make a decision.”
Put another way, Schumer wants a do-over on Trump.
CBS News reports that Schumer wants the Trump White House to come testify against the president:
“Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, senior adviser to the Acting White House chief of staff Robert Blair and Michael Duffey, associate director for National Security, Office of Management and Budget.”
Schumer says that “it’s important that the American people judge [the trial] to be fair.” And, of course, he’s right. But it would have meant something if he’d bothered to use his influence with the House when it iced out almost all Republican input.
Now that he’s seen the public reaction to how incredibly insulting and weak the impeachment articles are he’s trying to reframe the debacle.
Imagine Senators Kamala Harris, Mazie Horono, Diane Feinstein, Sheldon Whitehouse and their other Democratic colleagues bringing in “evidence” and cross-examining Schumer and Schiff’s cultivated witnesses. What a show. Think Kavanaugh 2.0.
No wonder Judiciary Committee Chairman, Lindsey Graham, says he will call no witnesses and will depend on the House Managers to plead their cases on the merits.
Watch Schumer’s demands for yourself: