A majority of Republicans recently voted against former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, calling it unconstitutional since he is no longer in office and that it serves no purpose other than to further divide the country. Democrats, on the other hand, have argued that the former President needs to be held responsible for the riot at the Capitol last month on one count of “incitement of insurrection.”
Outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Democrats if they call even one witness during the impeachment trial, they would be “opening a can of worms.” He pointed out how no witnesses were called in the House impeachment and that the trial expects to call no witnesses in the Senate.
“If you open that can of worms, we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people pre-planned this attack and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol. You open up Pandora’s Box if you call one witness,” Sen. Graham said.
Graham later revealed that many Senate Democrats have hoped President Biden will call Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to call off the impeachment trial because they know there’s going to be political ramifications. He said he had “never felt better about the Republican Senate conference being united behind the idea that what the House did was wrong in terms of process.”
One of Trump’s attorney’s David Schoen also called the process unconstitutional, pointing out that it is a very dangerous road to take with respect to the First Amendment. Attacking passionate and political speeches goes against everything the country believes in.
Other Republicans have also blasted Democrats for pushing ahead with Trump’s impeachment trial, calling it a double standard and “dead on arrival.” Sen. Rand Paul cited instances where Democrats have used hateful speech in urging their voters to confront Republicans during the Trump Administration, yet no mainstream media platforms covered those stories.
Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz also called the impeachment a “partisan game” designed to punish Republicans. Since a majority of Republicans strongly opposed the impeachment vote, all signs point to Trump being acquitted during the trial.
Sen. Graham also called out Sen. Dick Durbin for his decision to call on the Senate to hold a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland just a day before Trump’s impeachment begins. He wrote that Justice Barrett was given a 4-day hearing during her Supreme Court confirmation and that it isn’t clear why Garland’s extensive record deserves any less.
“Democrats do not get to score political points in an unprecedented act of political theater on one hand while also trying to claim the mantle of good government on the other,” he said.
Democrats continue to prove at every turn that they don’t care about American unity. They want policies to enrich their friends, grant power to themselves, and send a message that the country belongs to them – not us.