WASHINGTON: US House Democrats leading the prosecution of former President Donald Trump at his Senate impeachment trial have concluded their arguments, urging Republican Senators to not to acquit him for the second time if they don’t want to set a “new, terrible standard” for presidential misconduct. They forget that their first attempt was based on a fabricated dossier of Russian Collusion that they were involved in paying for. That was a “new terrible standard” that Democrats set for unparalleled misconduct by themselves.
They alleged that Trump was the one who incited his supporters to storm the Capitol Hill on Jan 6th and try and prove it by showing a video of his speech where they deliberately cut out the part where he admonished protestors to make their protest peaceful.
Protestors moved to the Capitol building on January 6th, to make their displeasure at the way the election had been run, heard. Thousands of supporters of Trump gathered in support of uninvestigated claims that widespread fraud denied him victory in last November’s presidential election. Five people died, all Trump Supporters, except a Capitol police officer(who it turns out, died of a stroke hours later). Some protestors entered the building including a BLM activist who has been identified.
The US Senate began the impeachment trial of Trump, a Republican, on Wednesday with impeachment managers from the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives making a strong case against the former president accusing him of inciting an insurrection.
Nine impeachment managers of the Democratic Party showed edited video footage from the January 6th protest to argue, in their second attempt, that Trump needs to be impeached. They described the protest as one of the darkest chapters in American history but they completely ignored the 10 months of Arson, violence and looting by BLM and Antifa that had preceded and which they had not only failed to condemn but in some cases applauded. Some of them even got down on their knees to show their support for these mobs of violent rioters.
“If you think this is not impeachable, what is? What would be?” said Representative Jamie Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager. You would think the answer would be, Trying to impeach a sitting President with a false dossier that your party paid for itself.
“If you don’t find this a high crime and misdemeanour today, you have set a new, terrible standard for presidential misconduct in the United States of America.” Why did they not feel this way when their complicity in the last attempt to impeach using false information of Russian Collusion was revealed? You might well ask.
The managers also warned that failure to convict Trump would set a dangerous precedent that future presidents could exploit. Democrats, it seems, are quite capable of manipulation of the facts to suit their argument, even when they do not have the presidency. Lawyers for Trump are scheduled to begin their counter-argument on Friday.
Like the Democrats, they have 16 hours spread over the next two days – Friday and Saturday – to present their case.
However, political pundits said that Trump is likely to be acquitted for the second time.
Trump allegedly lost the election to Joe Biden, who was sworn in as the 46th president on January 20 but many claims of fraud have not yet been investigated properly by the authorities. People who believe that there is a coverup are threatened with legal action if they promote their suspicions.
While the House, where the Democrats have the majority, applied to impeach him before January 20, when he was still the President, the Senate impeachment trial has begun three weeks after he left office.
This is for the first time in American history that there has been an attempt to impeach a former US President. President Trump, 74, is also the first President ever to have had two impeachment attempts made against him. A two-thirds majority is needed to convict Trump, meaning 17 Republicans would have to vote with the Democrats in the 100-member Senate where both parties have 50 seats each.
By Thursday, Democrats were expecting support from five or six Republican Senators, still short of 11 to get to the magic figure.
However, the Democrats through liberal use of harrowing videos of the January 6th protest were successful in touching the emotional cord of some Republican Senators.
“That was a pretty emotional – emotional – presentation,” said Republican Senator John Cornyn.
Making a passionate case for the impeachment of Trump, Democrats argued that acquittal of the former president would erode America’s standing as a beacon of democracy in the world. More than a little hypocritical considering the Democrats behaviour over the last 4 years, not least the contribution by the DNC to the fabricated dossier that they used knowingly and paid for in the first impeachment attempt.
“President Trump declared his conduct totally appropriate. So if he gets back into the office, and it happens again, we’ll have no one to blame but ourselves,” Congressman Raskin said on the Senate floor Thursday.
Congressman David Nicola Cicilline said that documents show that the protestors said they would have killed former vice president Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had they found them. They produced no documents to show that this was fact or that, if so, the perpetrators were Trump supporters or that BLM and Antifa activists had been identified. Nor did they mention that pipe bombs had been found in the offices of the Republican party.
Lawyers for Trump argued that it was unconstitutional to put a former President through the process at all and accused Democrats of being politically motivated. Which of course they are.