This offends our faith in the constitution as a document that presumes each branch will check the other. Indeed, we’re busy nullifying branches in favor of parties. We got here as a result of a godfather sitting atop the family that is the Republican party, ruthlessly mirroring the mob bosses (or dictators) that he clearly admires. Just as John Gotti always intimidated or rewarded jurors with offers they couldn’t refuse, Donald Trump has assured himself an acquittal by calling the shots in his own trial.
Trump and the White House are coordinating every move with respect to the trial and those moves are not to ensure a fair and free process.
“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel,” the Kentucky Republican Leader told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night. “There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”
“I’m coordinating with the White House counsel.” This is so ironic since the Republicans have been complaining about “no due process” from the beginning. Now it would appear that they have assured themselves “do my process,” as the defense attorneys are telling the jurors how that process will proceed.
Mitch McConnell: Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel. There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this pic.twitter.com/baFaTKWvUl
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 13, 2019
That did not go over well with experts in the law and constitution.
Legal, political, and ethics experts seeing McConnell admit to relinquishing control of a co-equal branch of government to the person who will be on trial in the Senate are expressing shock.
Someone should remind McConnell that the Constitution requires that the Senate act as a jury on impeachment. Imagine the foreman of a jury announcing before a trial that there will be no difference between the jury's position and a defendant's. https://t.co/IRRPbrjTPY
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 13, 2019
Despite the fact that Trump has rigged this impeachment process to a degree that makes the election look like a carnival game, we can be sure that we’ll still hear about due process violations.
These people are shameless.
Breaking news. Right?
A little, I thought that they might be more subtle. Ha, over and over again, I prove my naivety.
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