Democrats are angrily denouncing Senator Mitch McConnell and other Republican Senators for their inability to act as impartial jurors in an impeachment trial.
McConnell appeared on Fox’s Sean Hannity show and detailed how he was going to work with the White House on the trial.
“We’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the president as well as the Senate,” McConnell said.
Some Democrats are saying that McConnell should recuse himself from the trial because he would violate the oath every Senator must take to sit in judgment on the president.
“I solemnly swear (or affirm) that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of President Donald John Trump, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God.”
Those Democrats have something of a point. It’s hardly “impartial” for the GOP leader in the Senate to totally coordinate with the president’s lawyers on the trial.
Senator Charles Schumer spelled it out:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the top Senate Democrat, pointed to provisions in the Constitution governing impeachment: that senators are to act as impartial jurors during a Senate trial on whether to remove Trump from office.
“If articles of impeachment are sent to the Senate, every single senator will take an oath to render ‘impartial justice,’” Schumer said. “Making sure the Senate conducts a fair and honest trial that allows all the facts to come out is paramount.”
So, it’s a “fair and honest trial” you want, eh Chucky? Your GOP colleague, Senator Mike Braun, has some advice.
If the Senate impeachment trial were a real court, all 100 senators would be removed as jurors for bias for or against the president.
But here’s my question: Why is the media only asking Republicans if they can be “impartial jurors” when five of the Democrats in the Senate are actively running for the defendant’s job?
The hysterical anti-Trump rhetoric of recent vintage would make it impossible for most Democrats to sit in “impartial” judgment on Trump.
How can a Democratic presidential candidate like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., be a fair juror when she’s called the president “a total disgrace”?
How can Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., be a fair juror when he’s called President Trump “the most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history”?
Those are just two of the seven current and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in the Senate — so-called jurors who have spent this year maligning this president, calling for his resignation, and crisscrossing the country campaigning for his job.
Let’s face it. Impartiality, in this case, is a crock, as Senator Lindsey Graham has said. This is political theater having nothing to do with the law because no law was broken. It’s a political circus with the media as ringmasters and Democrats as the trained seals.
At least Republicans like McConnell aren’t being hypocrites about impartiality. They are shamelessly creating a trial that benefits Trump and themselves politically.
It’s Democrats who should hang their heads in shame over their nauseating hypocrisy.