President Donald Trump’s lawyers wrapped up their defense arguments on Tuesday by saying exactly what is on everyone’s mind. “It is time for this to end, here and now. So we urge the Senate to reject these articles of impeachment.”
But what about John Bolton! Democrats scream. What about him? Even if what he said in his upcoming fiction bestseller was totally true, it still wouldn’t be a crime. “You cannot impeach a president on an unsourced allegation,” Jay Sekulow told the Senate jurors.
He reminded them of their “most solemn of duties under our constitutional framework.” The trial of “the leader of the free world, the duly elected president of the United States,” is not “a game of leaks and unsourced manuscripts.” Except to Democrats. “That’s politics, unfortunately.”
Three days of marathon argument hammered home — point by excruciating point — all the hearsay and innuendo arguments. They all boiled down to nothing. Not one single crime that the Senate could possibly consider grounds for impeachment. Instead, they painted a bold picture of Democrat waste and abuse of the system, if not outright treason. Republicans are anxious to go back to real work, like prepping for a major fall “House” cleaning.
You cannot impeach a president because you disagree with his foreign policy. “Removal of a duly elected president based on a policy disagreement” isn’t what the Founding Fathers intended. “If you lower the bar that way – danger, danger, danger. Because the next president or the one after that, he or she would be held to that same standard? I hope not. I pray not,” Sekulow orated.
You cannot reverse an election by arbitrarily undoing the will of the voters and you cannot hijack an election either, by taking away the voter’s right to choose. It’s crystal clear that Democrats have not presented a case. “The election is only months away. The American people are entitled to choose their president. Overturning past elections and massively interfering with the upcoming one would cause serious and lasting damage to the people of the United States and to our great country. The Senate cannot allow this to happen,” declared White House Counsel Pat Cipollone.
It’s already a foregone conclusion that President Trump will be found innocent since there aren’t any actual charges. “Trump is expected to be acquitted in the 100-seat Senate, where his fellow Republicans hold 53 seats. A two-thirds majority is needed to remove him from office under the U.S. Constitution,” Reuters notes.
While Democrats continue to howl for testimony from Bolton and others, their chances of getting it are absurd. Lindsey Graham made it clear “If you call John Bolton, we’re calling everybody. We’re not just going to call one witness.” Everybody would include Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Democrats aren’t going to allow that in a million years.