Given the obvious lack of evidence available to support their already-flimsy impeachment articles against the president, Democrats are growing increasingly desperate to salvage something — anything — from what has been a nakedly partisan charade from the start.
As President Donald Trump’s inevitable exoneration draws nearer, Democrats are doing everything they can to mitigate the impact of that fact — with some now resorting to claims that Republicans are rigging the impeachment trial and thus rendering illegitimate any acquittal that stems from it, the Washington Examiner reports.
Fortunately, any allegations from Democrats involving “rigging” of the impeachment process can easily be turned right back in their direction.
Accusations of trial rigging
After months of preparation and plotting, Democrats still have essentially no valid case against Trump. Now, they are demanding the right to call new witnesses as a way to build an evidentiary record they should already have created in the House.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said in an interview with CNN before the trial began: “If Mitch McConnell and the Republicans just steamroll this through, if they rig the process, it will clearly be a fraud on the Constitution of the United States. And we will have to make it very clear: There is no vindication in a fraudulent trial.”
This is staggeringly ironic considering the partisan chicanery that characterized the entire House impeachment inquiry.
This whole debacle would likely never have gotten this far without seemingly endless partisan “rigging” from the left. Democrats threw all precedent aside and effectively locked Republicans out of the House phase of the investigation.
Democrats continue to insist on hearing from figures such as acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was initially resistant to testifying, but is now open to the idea, should he receive a subpoena.
Fortunately, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has held strong to his convictions, resolving to treat Democrats exactly how they treated House Republicans last year.
Dems’ transparent ploy
Despite their efforts, the Democrats simply don’t have the numbers necessary to get their way in the upper chamber. The partisan precedent they set in the House has, quite rightly, followed them to the Senate.
Though it seems clear that the Democrats will continue to grasp for a way to attach a metaphorical asterisk to Trump’s eventual acquittal by lobbing accusations of trial rigging, American voters are sure to see their ploy exactly for what it is.
At the end of this long and tortured process, Trump will have received his exoneration and will likely be well on his way to a second term in the Oval Office.