Rumors started to fly earlier in the week that Republicans were not happy with how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been coordinating with the White House with regard to impeachment.
Now, those rumors appear to be true. A second Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), has openly called out McConnell over the issue, Breitbart reports.
“It is inappropriate”
When the Bill Clinton impeachment was taking place, Democrats largely had their minds made up going into the trial.
In fact, some, like then-Senate candidate Chuck Schumer (NY), ran on the platform of not impeaching Clinton. Now, while two wrongs do not make a right here, the fact of the matter is that impeachment is political in nature.
Not only do most people vote along party lines, but there is also plenty of lobbying going on during the trial. These are things that are not allowed in the course of a normal trial.
We can also add in the fact Democrats did make up their minds in the House on President Donald Trump’s impeachment, regardless of the lack of evidence, and everyone knows it.
Even so, Sen. Collins believes McConnell should be open to witnesses and that everyone needs to come into this trial with an open mind.
“It is inappropriate, in my judgment, for [s]enators on either side of the aisle to prejudge the evidence before they have heard what is presented to use because the each of us will take an oath, an oath that I take very seriously to render impartial justice,” she said, according to Breitbart.
Let’s be real…
That term of “impartial justice” is a joke in this impeachment. Ideally, those involved would actually withhold judgment until all the facts are presented, but Democrats have already proven impartiality is not an option during this impeachment.
For instance, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) pushed impeaching Trump as part of her platform ahead of 2018, and the hearings in the House had not even started yet.
Although it may not be ideal, when Democrats are bending and breaking rules to regain power, do Republicans really have any other choice? The impeachment was a sham to begin with, so it follows that GOP leadership would want to dismiss it outright.
Besides, this is not exactly starting out from scratch, because Republican senators already have the evidence from the House hearings, and most reasonable and unbiased experts would agree the threshold for impeachment was not met in the House. But they passed the articles of impeachment anyway — and now, Republicans have to fight back just as dirty as the Dems have.