In The Senate, Democrats Likely Planning ‘January Surprise’

Friday, December 20, 2019
By Paul Martin

Dean James
December 20, 2019

Democrats Likely Planning A ‘January Surprise’ To Throw GOP Senate Off On Impeachment

They will never stop until Trump leaves office one way or another…

(TNS) As House Democrats prepare to impeach President Donald Trump on Wednesday, they are acutely aware — as they have been warned — that there is virtually no change he’ll be convicted in the Senate and removed from office.

So the Garbage Party will simply be satisfied with being able to say that Trump is now among the few ‘impeached presidents’ in U.S. history, knowing the blemish will accompany him throughout history, right?

Yeah, no.

Already, seasoned politicos are predicting that Democrats are planning something new — perhaps a “January surprise” — after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) out-of-line “witnesses” request and after Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has said the impeachment trial will be short and sweet.

Byron York of the Washington Examiner:

With a House impeachment vote a foregone conclusion, the battle to remove President Trump from office has moved to the Senate. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer grabbed control of the debate Monday with demands for what he called “fairness” in the president’s trial. …

Republicans will respond that the Senate is not the place for fact-finding — that is, for senators to become investigators and do what the House declined to do. Some will also note that the House chose not to seek the appointment of an outside investigator, a special counsel, to establish what happened in the Trump-Ukraine matter, and the Senate is ill-equipped to play that role. …

Schumer is not trying to convince all 53 Senate Republicans to support his proposal. He just needs four. There are 47 Democrats in the Senate. If Schumer can persuade four GOP senators to join Democrats, they’ll have a majority of 51 and can force the calling of new witnesses.

If Schumer gets what he wants, it seems hard to believe that will be the end of it. The request for more witnesses appears designed to lead not to closure but to reopening the case against Trump. In this way, if Democrats can introduce new testimony in the trial, they can say the new testimony has raised new questions that will require new investigation. And a new investigation will require more new witnesses, which will surely lead to more new questions, which …

The bottom line is: Republicans should not believe for one minute that the campaign to remove the president will rely only on the case Democrats have built in the House. Schumer and other party leaders will scramble for new information to throw at the president, and at Republicans, until it is over. The GOP, and the White House, need to be ready.

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