That is quite a precedent to set in this country, witness free trials.
That should work out well.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Senate Republicans rejected a mid-trial effort to call witnesses and documents on Friday, paving the way for President Trump’s acquittal on two articles of impeachment passed by the House.
Senators voted 49-51, with Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) breaking ranks to join Democrats in voting for witnesses. Fifty-one votes were needed to approve witnesses.
The vote is a significant win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Trump, letting them bypass a messy floor fight over hearing testimony from former national security adviser John Bolton and other witnesses.
The GOP leader has said publicly and privately that he did not want witnesses, warning that it set up a “mutually assured destruction” because both sides would call controversial witnesses.
“There is no need for the Senate to re-open the investigation which the House Democratic majority chose to conclude and which the Managers themselves continue to describe as ‘overwhelming’ and ‘beyond any doubt,'” McConnell said.
Yeah no need at all except for the fact that there are now several fact witnesses willing to testfiy who were not available during the House hearings.
in fact one of those witnesses, Lev Parnas, has quite a lot of information to share.
Courtesy of NBC News:
The letter, sent by Parnas’s attorney Joseph Bondy and obtained by NBC News, represents a last-ditch attempt by Parnas to make known the value of the information he feels he could provide as he continues to push to be a witness. It comes as the Senate appears all but certain to vote Friday to reject hearing witnesses before voting to acquit the president, likely next week.
The letter marks the second 11th-hour revelation Friday as Democrats pressure Senate Republicans to allow witnesses to testify, although there are no indications fo far that any such pressure is swaying at Republicans. Earlier Friday, The New York Times reported that former White House national security adviser John Bolton has alleged in his forthcoming book that Trump directed him to help with his effort to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden.
As we know, of course, Mitch McConnell ignored the letter and went forward with what he had planned all along which is to get this whole thing over as quickly as possible.
And I have to say, considering who Parnas was about to hang out to dry, that makes sense.
Just get a load of this rogue’s gallery:
Parnas would provide information involving the president and a long list of top Trump administration officials and Republican figures, according to the letter, including: Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Bill Barr, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Nunes adviser Derek Harvey, journalist John Solomon, pro-Trump attorneys Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, and America First, a pro-Trump super PAC.
Yeah this testimony along with John Bolton’s would have destroyed the Trump Administration and not only seen Trump removed from office, but also likely Mike Pence along with him.
So instead the GOP decided to ignore the facts and hold a fake trial to protect their party and their president.
A choice for which they will likely pay in elections to come.