With the House vote on impeachment coming up, everyone wants to know what will happen once impeachment proceeds to the Senate.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) just confessed that when the time comes, personally, he will not pretend to be a “fair juror.”
There’s just no point
It would normally be an outrage for a senator to be so openly partisan, but there’s no need for pretenses at this point. We have all heard enough in the House hearing to realize this impeachment is a sham, which was Graham’s point.
“I think impeachment is going to end quickly in the Senate. I would prefer it to end as quickly as possible,” he said.
He went on: “I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.”
If there is a straw poll done within the party and there is enough support to dismiss the charges, it would not be a surprise to see the call for an immediate vote.
If there is not enough support, though, this could backfire on Republicans — not so much in swaying Republicans over to the stance of impeachment, but in giving the media more fodder to use against Trump.
If a trial occurs…
According to reports from a couple of weeks ago, President Donald Trump has already told Senate leadership he would prefer to have a trial.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has also stated that the Senate is more likely to present evidence rather than just hold a vote to dismiss the charges.
If a trial is held, there is a lot of speculation that Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Fusion GPS leader Glen Simpson will all be called to testify.
Joe Biden, however, is already on record stating that he would defy any Senate subpoena calling him to testify, which would open him up to charges of obstruction.
Whichever way this goes, though, it seems to be pretty clear at some point, Trump will be vindicated and this impeachment will rapidly end in the Senate.