Senate Republicans Send A Message To House Dems About Impeachment…’You Are Wasting Your Time’
Senate Republicans are not shying away and hiding as the Democrats officially announce they are starting an inquiry into articles of impeachment and they sent a unified message to House Democrats.
Republican senators agree that there are no grounds to impeach President Trump and are daring Speaker Pelosi to go down the path of impeachment because they feel it will help President Trump win the election and turn off swing voters.
“My response to them is go hard or go home,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment. “If you want to impeach him, stop talking. Do it. Do it. Go to Amazon, buy a spine and do it. And let’s get after it. I think the public will feel like it’s more harassment.”
Republicans are telling Democrat’s that their plans are going to bite them in the backside if they continue down this road. Pelosi and Schumer have both tried to hold back the radical left in their party however, on Tuesday they relented to the pressure.
Senate Republican Whip John then said, “It’s a risky strategy on their part. I know they’re under a lot of pressure to do it, but if you’re the leadership over there, you got to think long and hard about what the implications are if it looks like you’re overreaching,” he said.
Even Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stated, “You can’t tell me they’re talking about impeachment when the president is cooperating with them 100 percent to release these things.”
Lastly, Senator Rand Paul signaled, “I think the Democrats have made this such a partisan exercise that I think most of the public has discounted the idea of it, because I think most believe that it’s become sort of a political attack on the president and nothing more.”
The Hill reports what would happen in the event the House actually impeaches the President:
Senate experts say that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is required to act on House-passed articles of impeachment, which would require 67 votes, or a two-thirds majority, to convict the president.
But McConnell has broad power to set the rules and could ensure the trial on the Senate floor is as brief as possible. He could strictly limit the arguments of House Democratic prosecutors as long as he’s backed up by his fellow GOP senators.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts would likely preside over a Senate trial, but he would have to follow the rules and traditions of the Senate, where the majority leader sets the schedule and has the right of first recognition.
Under the Senate manual’s rules for impeachment trials, Roberts would rule on all questions of evidence, but any senator could ask for a formal vote to appeal a decision.
It would take a majority under Senate rules to sustain or overrule a ruling from the chair.
That means Democrats would need to convince at least four Republicans to break with the GOP conference in order to bring in any witnesses or exhibits that McConnell decides to block.
I think the Democrats are dead in the water before this impeachment gets off the ground. By the time the election comes around their base is going to be so upset they haven’t impeached the President and normal people are going to be so frustrated with the Democrats President Trump will walk right into his second term.