Should additional witnesses, for and against the President, be allowed at the Senate trial? Please read this afternoon's IMPEACHMENT UPDATE, and then take our one-question QuickPoll below. --Grassfire
Well, it turns out that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did NOT send the articles of impeachment to the Senate yesterday. Instead, every bit of Wednesday's pomp and circumstance was all for show -- at taxpayer expense!
Gold pens on silver platters engraved with Pelosi's name were given out as souvenirs. Most people understandably thought the Speaker was using those pens to sign the actual articles of impeachment in giant, leather-bound folders. But they were only RESOLUTIONS to transmit the articles to the Senate. The ridiculous processional from one side of the Capitol Building to the other -- delivering the resolutions -- was simply for dramatic effect.
The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) notified Grassfire: "Speaker Pelosi signed impeachment papers, which were then delivered to the Senate as a message from the House." (Emphasis theirs.) As of 10:48 a.m. ET this morning, the Upper Chamber was "still waiting to receive the Articles of Impeachment." (Emphasis theirs.)
On the Senate floor today, McConnell blasted Pelosi's antics:
House Democrats said over and over that they recognized the gravity and seriousness of this action and had only come to it reluctantly. Well, nothing says seriousness and sobriety like handing out souvenirs. As though this were a happy bill-signing instead of the gravest process in our Constitution. This final display neatly distilled the House’s entire partisan process into one perfect visual.
In addition to dressing down House Democrats, the Senate Majority Leader stated:
(T)he House cut short their own inquiry, declined to pursue their own subpoenas, and denied the president due process -- but now, [they] want the Senate to re-do their homework and re-run the investigation. ... The framers set up the Senate specifically to act as a check against the short-termism and the runaway passions to which the House of Representatives might fall victim. ... The House’s hour is over. The Senate’s time is at hand. It is time for this proud body to honor our founding purpose.
On Tuesday, the GOP began discussing a strategy of "witness reciprocity." For example, if Democrats call former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to testify on the Ukraine scandal, then Republicans get to hear from Hunter Biden. If Rudy Giuliani takes the stand, so does the so-called "whistleblower."
Until this week, McConnell had been reluctant to add witnesses. That way, the trial (and this Witch Hunt) could end as quickly as possible. But now, he's said to be "open" to the idea of letting Democrats call trial witnesses, if the GOP can, too.
If you agree that the GOP should allow additional witnesses in an effort to get the Bidens and the so-called "whistleblower" to testify, click here or on the "YES!" image below. If you think McConnell should NOT allow ANY witnesses, so the trial can end as quickly as possible, click here or on the "NO!" image below.
Thanks, in advance, for taking action via our "Senate Trial Witnesses?" QuickPoll. We'll reveal the final results once we reach 10,000 votes.
For liberty and limited government,
The Grassfire Team
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