“THE BEST IS YET TO COME”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 15, 2020) — In an interview with “Hannity” host Sean Hannity, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) maintained his prediction that the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump in the upper chamber will be swift and result in a “bipartisan acquittal.”
The Senate currently has 50 Republicans, 47 Democrats, two Independents and one vacant seat.
The U.S. Constitution delegates the “sole” responsibility of impeachments to the House, while the trier-in-fact is solely the Senate.
Earlier Wednesday, House Democrats’ newly-appointed “impeachment managers” walked the Articles of Impeachment through the U.S. Capitol to the Senate after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addressed reporters about what she said Democrats viewed as their constitutional duty to bring Trump to account for wrongdoing.
Pelosi changed pens multiple times as she signed the two Articles accusing the chief executive of “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power” voted affirmatively in the House on December 18.
Pelosi stressed that even if Trump is acquitted in the Senate, “has been impeached forever.”
Graham told Hannity that he hopes to hear the evidence provided by the House within the period of “a couple of days” and that the Senate will ask questions for an equal amount of time before taking a final vote on the Articles. He said, as did Sen. Ted Cruz earlier on the show, that the three witnesses from whom Senate Democrats have said they wish to hear could be prohibited from testifying if the White House claims “executive privilege.”
Pelosi has insisted that “witnesses and documents” be presented during the trial. Specifically, they would like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former national security adviser John Bolton, and Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney to testify.
Cruz has proposed that if the Senate votes to have witnesses, the same number be permitted to appear for the defense as for the prosecution.
Graham predicted a “bipartisan acquittal” in short order, maintaining that for Trump’s presidency, “The best is yet to come.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.