Sham Trump Impeachment Trial Nearly Over
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
On Friday, Senate Republicans defeated a demand by Dems for more witnesses and documents by a 51 - 49 vote.
Republicans Romney and Collins sided with Dem senators, two short of four crossover votes needed to continue sham proceedings.
House Dems could have called as many witnesses as they wished for as long as they wished, including John Bolton who agreed to testify if subpoenaed.
Instead, they rushed to complete proceedings by Christmas. According to Law Professor Jonathan Turley, Dems "acted like impulsive holiday shoppers," adding:
"What's most disturbing is that (they) know the current record of evidence falls well short of a viable case for conviction in the Senate."
"Nevertheless, they opted to move the impeachment by Christmas rather than build a stronger case for a vote in early 2020."
"A chaotic atmosphere makes for bad decision-making…(Dem controlled House proceedings) will go down as one of the greatest historic blunders of a House of Congress."
Separately, Turley said neither Republicans or Dems appear trying to win, bent instead on seeking a hung jury.
It won't turn out that way, proceedings to conclude early next week, an articles of impeachment vote scheduled for February 5 — Trump's acquittal of charges a virtual done deal.
For Dems, impeaching him was all about wanting weakened enough to be defeated in November 2020 elections — unrelated to removing him from office, never the objective.
It's why dubious charges were made against him, hoping for majority public support not gotten, House proceedings making a poor case for them to stick.
Major impeachable offenses were ignored, notably high crimes of war and against humanity, supporting terrorism and waging it, breach of the public trust, his annexation scheme of the century, and other serious wrongdoing.
Dems didn't go near these and other legitimate impeachable offenses because the vast majority in Congress share guilt.
So they went with politicized accusations instead that failed, polls notably showing no downturn in Trump's approval rating since impeachment proceedings began.
Around half the country supports removing him from office by impeachment, the other half against this action — opinion largely divided along party lines.
Throughout House impeachment and Senate trial proceedings, the NYT has been screaming for things to go against Trump, knowing it's not in the cards.
In its latest sour grapes edition, its editors called the GOP controlled Senate "dishonorable," accusing Republicans of "abdicat(ing) their duty by refusing to seek the truth," adding:
"The move can only embolden the president to cheat in the 2020 election" — suggesting Russian interference, what no evidence suggests happened in 2016, nothing indicating Kremlin interference in foreign elections anywhere, including anything planned for upcoming ones.
Never once in countless Times articles and opinion pieces since impeachment proceedings began did the self-styled newspaper of record raise the issue of charging Trump with the highest of high crimes, the supreme international crime against peace — knowing Dems share guilt.
Instead the Times supported and continues to support delegitimizing him for phony reasons, pretending they're serious, never forgiving him for defeating media darling Hillary.
That's what its anti-Trump rage is all about — not his terror-bombing one nonthreatening country after another, not anti-people of color/anti-Muslims from the wrong countries racism.
Times hostility toward Trump is unrelated to his economic terrorism against Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Cuba, and other countries the broadsheet supports.
The Times doesn't demand he be held accountable for illegally occupying other countries and stealing their resources, his ecocidal policies, one-sided tax cuts for corporate America and the rich, contempt for ordinary people everywhere, serial lying, breaking virtually every positive promise made, supporting ISIS and other likeminded terrorist groups, and lots more serious wrongdoing.
Trump disgraces the office he holds. Like most others in Washington, past and present, he remains unaccountable for major high crimes.
Whoever succeeds him in 2021, 2025, or in between, may be as wickedly lawless or worse, whether it's a Republican or undemocratic Dem.
The deeply corrupted system too debauched to fix is the major issue, both right wings of the one party state sharing guilt.
Nothing in US constitutional or statute laws permits impeaching or otherwise holding the system accountable.
The only solution is popular revolution, voting a waste of time.
If it could deliver peace, equity and justice it would be banned.
The money-controlled dirty system needs a complete makeover — replacing it with governance of, by, and for everyone equitably, democracy for all, not just for the privileged few.
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