Republican Leaders Blast Impeachment Resolution

By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor

Republican Leaders Blast Impeachment Resolution

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) blasted House Democrats for denying President Trump his due process rights over an unfair impeachment inquiry that Trump is calling a political witch hunt, among other things.

On Tuesday night, House Democrats said they intend to vote for a resolution to begin a formal impeachment inquiry as early as this week.

In remarks on the Senate Floor, McConnell had this to say;

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“Instead of setting a high bar, House Democrats seem determined to set a new low.”

“It does not confer on President Trump the most basic rights of due process or seemingly alter Chairman Schiff’s unfair process in the House Intelligence Committee in any way whatsoever.”

– Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

You can hear his full statement here:

Until now, House Dems have been holding an unofficial impeachment farce behind closed doors over President Trump’s call with the Ukranian president involving a supposed quid pro quo.

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Democrats are in a hurry to expedite the impeachment process by the end of this year.

Why the Rush?

Election season is fast approaching, with the Iowa Caucus being held on February 3, and the primary vote in New Hampshire one week later on February 11. This presents a serious problem for Democratic Senate wannabes running for president; they would have to attend the impeachment trial in Washington and lose valuable time away from their campaigns in the early primary states.

The early states have a strong influence in determining who moves on and who drops out. While the first four states only make up 4% of the total vote, early election results allow winners of those states to set the narratives moving forward and raise more money on the campaign trail.

While Democrats are in a hurry to impeach President Trump before the election season is fully underway, it’s widely accepted that the Republican-led Senate will not remove the president from office. So in effect, the whole show is a waste of time and money.

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To date, 50 Senate Republicans have signed a resolution condemning the process House Democrats have followed in their witch hunt. The US Constitution requires 67 senators — a two-thirds majority — to convict and remove the president from office.

Clearly, Senate Democrats do not have the numbers to convict and Senate Republicans are sending Pelosi and Schiff a message… don’t waste the taxpayer’s money and time on an unfair process the American people don’t want.

On Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) echoed McConnell; “(The impeachment is an) unfair process” being run by “sore losers.”

Graham even took it one step further by saying any Democrat who votes for impeachment is voting for an “un-American process.”

As Senate Republicans blast House Democrats for their flawed attempt at a witch hunt, they hope their message of unfairness and lack of due process will hit home with voters. There’s only one way Republicans believe President Trump should be removed from office and that’s if voters choose to remove him in November 2020, and that’s not going to happen.

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