President Trump doesn’t appear to be a patient man, so it’s no surprise that he’s anxious for the impeachment proceeding to move on. With the possibility of an actual impeachment vote in the House of Representatives looking like a sure thing, apparently Trump wants to skip to the next phase, the trial in the Senate.
At least in that chamber he has a shot at what he really wants out of the process, the chance to put other actors onto the stand.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said on Thursday:
“President Trump wants to have a trial in the Senate because it’s clearly the only chamber where he can expect fairness and receive due process under the Constitution.”
“We would expect to finally hear from witnesses who actually witnessed, and possibly participated in corruption – like Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the so-called Whistleblower, to name a few.”
If Trump’s lawyers can get those people under oath, they potentially can turn the tables on the Democrats and make the Senate proceedings about the actions of the Bidens in Ukraine and about illegal information flow and lying to Congress.
This might be the outcome that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saw as a possibility, and why she resisted calls for impeachment for so long. Perhaps she should have held out a little longer.
(Reporting by Eric Beech)