An October 19 article in The Atlantic raised the question of whether the Democrats’ closed-door impeachment shenanigans could “undermine their bid to get public opinion firmly on their side.” Now, two months later, we know the answer. Poll after poll shows that the needle on public support for impeachment hasn’t budged one iota. Part of the problem is the failure of Democrats to make a strong case for impeachment, but surely another factor is the strong-arm tactics used by Adam Schiff and, after him, Jerrold Nadler in running the hearings. Ironically, one of their articles of impeachment is obstruction of Congress, which is ultimately a reflection of the president’s refusal to participate in the kangaroo court they had set up.
Now that the case is headed to the Senate for a final determination, Democrats in Congress have suddenly discovered fairness and due process. Never at a loss for chutzpah, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday that read in part:
Senate Democrats believe strongly, and I trust Senate Republicans agree, that this trial must be one that is far, that considers all of the relevant facts. … The trial must be one that not only hears all of the evidence and adjudicates the case fairly; it must also pass the fairness test with the American people.
Where was Schumer’s concerns for fairness during House Democrats’ one-sided month-long circus?
We know where Schumer was in 1998, during the impeachment of Bill Clinton, when he objected to the House’s calling witnesses, opining, “I wonder if the House managers aren’t a little more interested in political theater than in actually getting to the bottom of the facts.” Political theater: Where have we heard that before?
Schumer isn’t the only Democrat to claim foul over the lack of fairness as the impeachment moves forward. Here’s California Rep. Zoe Lofgren on MSNBC. Seek if you can pick out a familiar theme or two:
Some of the things I’m hearing from the [Republican] senators looks like they’re planning to rig the trial. You know, I think that’s a serious problem for the country, but I think it’s a problem for Trump as well. … If they’re not going to hear any evidence, senators announced that they’ve already made up their minds — they don’t need to look at the facts — that doesn’t clear the president if he’s not convicted.
Perhaps the irony of all ironies is Rep. Adam Schiff’s stated refusal to testify in the upcoming Senate trial, which he repeated on “Fox News Sunday.” I’m not a fact witness,” Schiff told host Chris Wallace during the interview, a clip of which follows.
The claim that he has no relevant information is balderdash, especially in light of his previous claims that he doesn’t know the identity of the so-called “whistleblower.” But his refusal to cooperate if issued a subpoena speaks volumes about this whole charade.