Politically Speaking – February 16, 2021
The weather last week was bad enough I found myself working from home. While there I did spend many hours watching the second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump.
After days of it, my conclusion: There are a lot of theatrical attorneys in Washington, D.C. with slick video presentations. After only two days of this insanity, I still believe the only reason for the trial is the Democrats as well as some Republicans are scared he’ll run again! They can’t afford that.
One of the most theatrical, in my opinion, was Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), the lead House impeachment manager. Instead of being in Washington, he should be in Hollywood. He would fit in well in every area. His presentation included sentences from Trump here and there to make his point. Very misleading.
His arguments kicked off a two-day presentation by Democrats. The goal is to destroy Trump’s chances of running in 2024 as well as seeking to persuade at least 17 Republicans to join them in a conviction. Not going to happen!
But, moving on, the only other goal is to inflict as much political damage as they can on Trump and divide the Republican Party. I truly believe it will have just the opposite effect.
So what’s the charge? Inciting the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The big question is why bother? I think I’ve already covered that.
What makes this trial unusual is Trump is no longer the president, so he can no longer be removed from office. On January 26, 45 Republicans voted in favor of a resolution declaring the proceedings unconstitutional for that very reason. He is no longer the president. The Constitution states that the punishment for Senate conviction “shall not extend further than to removal from Office.”
So not being a Constitutional attorney, I’m not sure the Democrats can accomplish their goal of destroying the possibility of another run for President, or for that matter, any public office, even if the Republicans would go along with this three-ring circus.
This was and is truly an unprecedented moment for the U.S. There has never been an impeached President put on trial after they have left office.
I truly believe the second impeachment trial in the Senate is political, rather than criminal. A vote will be held at the end of the trial to decide whether Trump is guilty of the charge. A two-thirds majority of the 100 member Senate must back the guilty verdict to convict Mr. Trump.
Possibly, if Trump is convicted, Senators could also vote to bar him from ever holding public office again. I think that’s debatable and could be argued.
Frankly, a vote on conviction could come as early as press time on Monday if no witnesses are called. Of course, remember this is Washington that loves to drag things out. Time will tell.
The six Republicans siding with the Democrats that voted to proceed with Trump’s trial are: Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
Sen. Cassidy claims he wants to see the evidence. I think the other five, especially Romney, have allowed their hate for Trump to show for quite a while.
Looking back, so far a President has been impeached only three times: Andrew Johnson in 1868, Bill Clinton in 1998, and Donald Trump in 2019. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the full House voted on articles of impeachment.
So in the end, what good will this impeachment trial do? In my opinion, none.
But what harm will it do? The biggest problems I see are: It will divide the country even more and cost money that, at the present time, we don’t have. It’s wasteful spending at its finest taking the lawmakers away from more important issues. So much for Joe Biden’s words of unity!
Prior to press time Donald J. Trump was acquitted.
Until next week.