A major impeachment trial breakthrough appears to be happening. The Democrats’ spurt of energy stemming from the alleged leak of former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s book may be petering out.
Now, the Democrats’ window to force new witnesses into the Senate trial is rapidly closing. According to Reuters, the Senate could vote to acquit President Donald Trump as soon as Friday.
Even the “bombshell” revelations from Bolton and former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas can’t keep impeachment alive.
No desire for witnesses
Democrats have made a critical mistake in their handling of the impeachment process. The House rushed the approval of the articles of impeachment and then paradoxically dragged out the transmission of the articles to the Senate for so long that they lost all credibility.
Since then, support for Democrats in swing states has taken a nosedive, and it could cost them the House in November.
So when it comes to the fight over witnesses, Democrat leadership has little to work with. Only the wavering of moderate Republicans has kept the Democrat cause alive.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, is now saying that the trial will be over Friday. “The momentum is clearly in the direction of moving to final judgment on Friday. That vote will be Friday. We still have a couple members who said they want to listen to the answers to questions, but that’s where the momentum is,” he said, according to Reuters.
There is simply no desire for carrying forward with the impeachment trial. Republicans are committed to ending the trial as soon as possible, and Democrats have lost their power to oppose that driving force.
More important issues
Impeachment fatigue is real, and it is affecting all Americans. The election cycle has barely begun, and voters are beyond sick of politics.
There are serious issues that our government needs to be tackling — most alarmingly, there are multiple cases of coronavirus that have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, and no travel ban has yet been issued.
So far there has been little action, nor have there been any major public statements on the crisis issued at all. Instead of trying to impeach the duly-elected president, Congress needs to work to protect Americans from the looming threat.
The issue of long-term peace in the Middle East is also in serious need of resolution, and tensions with Iran remains high. The sooner Trump is acquitted, the sooner the government can get back to the crucial business of serving the American people.