It appears that President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are of different minds when it comes to a prospective senate impeachment trial.
As pointed out in the Associated Press, the president views the looming senate trial not only as a means of clear vindication, but as a vehicle for political retaliation. Furthermore, team-Trump believes they could turn the tables on Democrats by calling their own witnesses, perhaps even the likes of Hunter Biden, Congressman Adam Schiff, the anonymous whistleblower, and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden, all of which could potentially turn voters against Democrats in 2020.
However, all of this sounds far too chaotic for the likes of “The Turtle,” aka McConnell. The Republican leader is even said to have referred to such a scenario as “mutually assured destruction” during a private lunch according to the Daily Mail. In lieu of political theatrics, McConnell wants a trial that is short and sweet; a trial that ends with a quick acquittal of the president.
The Kentucky politician’s apprehension regarding a full-blown senate trial is not without good reason. As noted in the Daily Mail, McConnell is concerned that, in order for the senate to grant the defense its desired witnesses, Democrats may also fight to have witnesses of their own testify. The resulting back-and-forth could result in unforeseen, potentially damaging developments, and could obviously drag along the process much more than would be necessary for a simple acquittal.
Asked by reporters to speculate on the likely trial, McConnell responded: “Here’s what I would anticipate: The House managers would come over, make their arguments, the president’s lawyers would then respond,” the majority leader predicted. “And at that point the Senate has two choices: It could go down the path of calling witnesses and basically having another trial. Or it could decide — and again 51 members could make that decision — that they’ve heard enough.”
Lindsey Graham has issued similar statements in favor of a quick process. “Here’s my advice to the president,” opined the Senate Judiciary Chairman. “If the Senate is ready to vote and acquit you, you should celebrate that.”
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.