There is little doubt at this point that the Republicans, under the leadership of arch-partisan hack Mitch McConnell, intend to hold little more than a sham impeachment trial for President Trump. The GOP controls the Senate and the GOP cares for little beyond maintaining its own power. For most Republican senators, maintaining the goodwill of the MAGA movement to ensure reelection down the road is infinitely more important than holding Trump responsible for his flagrant abuses of power. In the end, they will almost certainly all vote to put party above country yet again. The Senate Majority Leader has gone so far as to admit that he intends to coordinate with the White House to ensure a speedy impeachment trial.
Democrats have been fighting this overt corruption as best they can. Speaker Pelosi held off on sending the articles of impeachment, which forced the news coverage and broader political discourse to focus on McConnell’s scheme and his refusal to agree to permit new witnesses. Now, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff is slamming McConnell for trying to set up a “rigged” impeachment trial. As one of the impeachment managers chosen by Democrats, his opinion on the matter is particularly germane.
According to The Hill, Schiff has a specific problem with a section in the impeachment rules resolution that might end up making the trial extend late into the night. It would allow impeachment managers only 24 hours to make their case spread out over a paltry two days. In other words, the managers would be rushing to fit all of their arguments into a very condensed window. The Senate looks likely to pass the rules resolution as-is later today with Republicans leveraging their majority to get rules advantageous to Trump.
After slamming McConnell for his handling of the witnesses and his plot to ensure that evidence collected by the House’s impeachment inquiry must be voted on being admitted into the Senate trial rather than being admitted automatically, Schiff brought up the proposed time frame.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.