Democrats never thought it would end this way.
Adam Schiff led the House Managers into the Senate to try the case to convict the President on Democrats’ articles of impeachment.
Now Chuck Schumer admitted this big impeachment defeat. And here’s what it means.
The Democrats’ impeachment case was undercut by one serious contradiction.
On one hand, Adam Schiff and the other House Managers claimed their case was airtight based on a mountain of overwhelming evidence that President Trump withheld $391 million in security assistance to Ukraine to pressure their government to announce investigations into Joe and Hunter Biden’s corruption.
At the same time, Democrats claimed the American people were being denied a fair trial and the ability to discover the truth of these events unless Senate Republicans agreed to call new witnesses such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton and Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify.
But as the Democrats’ opening argument in the impeachment trial wore on it became clear Schiff and his fellow House Managers alienated the Republicans the Democrats needed to join them to call new witnesses.
Democrats slogged through their presentation for three marathon sessions into the late hours of the night repeating the same points over and over again as well as smearing Senate Republicans as liars and conspirators in a cover-up.
After Schiff and his gang wrapped up their arguments, reality set in and Democrats took to the media to admit defeat on the witness front.
“[H]ow it will have to happen is not one person doing it, but a couple of them, when they talk privately say, maybe we should do it and get a group together of five or six or seven, and they do it together. Is that certain to happen? Not at all. Is it more [likely] than not? I’d have to say no. It is not more [likely] than not. But do we have a chance, and if we keep fighting as hard as we’ve been fighting, might those chances improve? Yes,” Schumer told MSNBC.
After the President’s team dismantled in just two hours the argument Schiff and his cronies took 24 hours to construct, Senate Republicans doubled down on the lack of need for new witnesses.
“What do we do?” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham declared. “Delay the trial so the President can go to court? Or do we as the Senate destroy the President’s ability to go to court — a bad spot to be in in the Senate….If we seek witnesses, then we’re going to throw the country into chaos.”
“I’m not going to vote to approve witnesses, because the House Democrats have had lots of witnesses, we heard from them over and over and over again this week,” Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton echoed. “We don’t need to prolong what’s already taken five months of the American people’s time.”
If the Senate – as expected – rejects the Democrats’ calls for new witnesses that means Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will schedule a final vote to acquit the President as soon as the end of this week.
And that would allow the President to walk into the February 4 State of the Union address fully exonerated and ready to turn the page toward the November election.
Black Eye Politics will keep you up to date on any new developments in the Democrats’ ongoing impeachment witch hunt to drive President Trump from office.