“He will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. You don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and all of that. Does the president know right from wrong? I don’t think so.”
~House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
For those of you who have heard the rhetoric and are tempted to believe there were no witnesses or documents allowed in the Trump impeachment trial be assured, there were 17 witnesses and thousands of documents. This claim (misleading at best, dishonest at worst) is entirely about one person, John Bolton. And Bolton himself did nothing but praise the President’s call with Ukraine after it took place. In fact, when originally subpoenaed to testify for the House against Trump, John Bolton refused.
So, why all the uproar?
When it became apparent on Monday that the impeachment trial wasn’t going to go exactly as the House hoped it would, John Bolton became important again and was suddenly willing to testify. After all, he had a change of heart about the issue and had decided to tell all in an unpublished manuscript for his upcoming book “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” The problem, and one of many, is that the Senate isn’t required to allow witnesses after the fact, particularly and especially when the witness is already on record attesting to the legitimacy and integrity of the call.
Besides all that, one has to wonder, why now? Why the change of heart? Perhaps his bitterness over his untimely dismissal by President Trump was reignited after listening to two days of opening arguments by President Trump’s defense team and jogged his memory of long-forgotten details. Or maybe, this is just another ruse by the House to assign motive without evidence and put doubt into the minds of the Senate and the American voters as to the validity of the President’s claims.
Bottom line: Though they would lead you to believe otherwise, the pending acquittal of the President has less to do with a lack of John Bolton’s testimony and more to do with their own lack of preparedness, credible evidence, and due process than they would ever admit.
If you haven’t listened to all or most of the impeachment trial (which I have provided in this blog for everyday of the trial), don’t just believe what you’re hearing in the biased media from both sides of the aisle. I’ve listened to the vast majority of it (hard to get through) and I can say this with confidence: “Don’t make any judgments until you have heard both sides of a story” Proverbs 18:13
And before you accuse me of being an ‘Always Trumper’ consider this: This trial isn’t about Trump. To be sure, giving them the benefit of doubt, this is what the House intends it to be. But in reality, this is about a President of the United States being impeached without much more than a hunch as to ‘internal motives’ – and a constant repetition of those alleged motives until the public believes them as fact. Do we really want this precedent in our country?
What if this trial was on the other foot and a Republican held House presented the same partisan case without credible evidence? Would you feel the same about it? I know I would. I’m sure some of you disagree with me and are rolling your eyes right now, and perhaps calling me a few choice names. But it boils down to this:
IF YOU DON’T CONSIDER YOURSELF WORTHY OF THE TRUTH, YOU’LL NEVER GET IT.
What really happened?
The truth is, the House was in such a rush to get this impeachment to court that they almost entirely ignored due process. They denied the President his rights during the Impeachment Inquiry, they didn’t obtain and enforce witness and documentation subpoena’s (instead letting them fall to the ground without challenging them in court), they provided almost no credible evidence of the charges they alleged, and now they’re trying to deceive the American public into believing that the Senate has performed some sort of mistrial by not taking up the baton and finishing what the House should have done.
The House has repeatedly attempted to compare this with a normal trial or even a non-Presidential impeachment trial. But it is nowhere near the same. When you bring something before the Senate, you had better be prepared otherwise you will be sent home. They will not do your work for you, but will judge based on what YOU (in this case, the House) present. Which in the end, turned out to be.. not much.
I wish this trial was like a normal criminal trial. If it were, those who keep pursuing one charge after another would have been found in contempt of court long before now and this political disaster of a government we have would finally be put in its place. But unfortunately, that is not going to happen.
At the end of the day, most will blindly believe what they are told by the party they affiliate themselves with and won’t spend the time and effort needed to discover the truth for themselves. And so this battle will continue to rage on and cost the taxpayers millions more dollars. That is, until one or the other is out of office or defeated in the polls.
So, Voters… it’s our turn to decide how much we are willing to continue putting up with. Let’s do our job. Let’s educate ourselves, pray, and vote. For too long the majority of those in the United States of voting age have not even visited the polls. Let’s change this statistic and end this constant battle in Washington. United we stand, divided we fall. Not just the Republicans. Not just the Democrats. This entire nation will fall, because grown men and women in our Nation’s Capital can’t get along. Or won’t.
No matter how far they take this, they will never be satisfied. So let’s be done with that and vote for those who will represent us, the people honorably and with integrity. Let’s throw out those who have traded their commitment to the American people for a constant battle of power and intimidation within the branches of our government, at the expense (literally) of the American people.
I rest my case.