Okay, in the time between the Democrats’ announcement of the complaint and right now as I sit here, I have never been as angry, offended and depressed about anything having to do with Trump and the impeachment inquiry. On the other hand, many of you have already predicted that we’d end up at this exact spot. Still, it is the rationalization that I find infuriating.
Before I lay this out, let me note this. Under the wording of the constitution, the House could impeach the president on a charge of bouncing a $4 check, accidentally written off a wrongly closed account. The Senate “shall” hear the evidence on impeachment and convict, or not. Obviously, above, the Senate would just vote 99-1 to not convict and rip the House. (Assume no parties.)
Okay, now Graham’s “theory.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that he will consider any impeachment “invalid” unless it exposes the identity of the whistleblower who outed President Donald Trump’s alleged extortion of Ukraine.
Are you freaking kidding me? The Republicans get to consider whether they like the impeachment or not before it even gets there?
Does anyone not see that this invalidates the entire impeachment process if the Senate is controlled by the opposite party?
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid,” the South Carolina senator declared. “Because without the whistleblower complaint, we wouldn’t be talking about any of this.”
No, Lindsey, that is 100% wrong, and you know it. If the whistleblower was the sole witness to the action charged, then you might have a point, and it would be a basis to find the president “not guilty.” But, the whistleblower “blew the whistle” and then witnesses came forward to settle without a doubt that there is a big problem here. The whistleblower couldn’t be less relevant at this point because far more evidence backs up that even more occurred than one phone call and the concerns pre-dated the phone call.
I am furious, and not just because this is typical Republican bullshit. I am furious because whistleblower statutes are designed specifically to protect the whistleblower and allow him to remain anonymous.
I am furious because Republicans want the man exposed so they can blast the shit out of his credibility (which couldn’t matter less now because we have more solid evidence).
But I am most furious because Republicans know that exposing the person will lead to all kinds of abuse heaped upon the man, including death threats and possibly an attack itself. Such abuse intimidates any other witness who might come forward, even a Republican witness who doesn’t want to testify but thinks he must truthfully tell the story.
And not a single person watching doesn’t know it.
It is one thing to have the impeachment and declare Trump innocent on an invalid charge, or more properly, insufficient evidence (as to the WB identity) and quite another to refuse to even hear it because they’ve already decided it isn’t valid in their eyes.
If this can be done, all future majority parties will find a reason to declare an impeachment “invalid” and dismiss the entire thing prior to hearing the evidence. Hugh Hewitt this morning said McConnell should just throw it out because “It is purely political.” In other words, the Republicans don’t care about the underlying reason, they’re going to declare it all invalid.
I guess that shouldn’t surprise me, Republicans have sought to invalidate many inconvenient aspects of the constitution, especially those reliant upon the Senate doing the right thing.
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