As all the world knows, President Donald Trump emerged entirely triumphant from the attempt by the Democrats to impeach and then remove him from office. On the first article of abuse of power, the Senate voted 52 to 48 to acquit, with only Sen Mitt Romney, R-Utah crossing the aisle to vote for conviction and removal from office.
On the second article of obstruction of Congress, all 53 Republican senators voted against removal and all 47 Democratic senators voted to remove the president from office.
With Trump taking a victory lap, snarking about the attempt to strike him down both at the National; Prayer Breakfast and at a special White House address, Democrats gathered to take stock.
Trump’s poll numbers had skyrocketed, as did those of the Republican Party. In the meantime, in the wake of the voting meltdown in Iowa, Democrats seemed to be in disarray. Republicans jibed that if Democrats could not count votes, how could they be trusted with power of any kind?
Incredibly, some Democrats are contemplating Impeachment 2.0. Fox News explains:
“The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump may have ended with an acquittal, but ongoing legal battles and talk of future subpoenas hint that the drama between Congress and the White House is far from over. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was dismissive of Trump’s acquittal, calling it “virtually valueless” and the result of one of the largest cover-ups in the history of our nation. And remarks from multiple House Democrats show that they are still looking for more information they can use against the president.”
The line being offered by the Democrats is that the Senate trial was a “sham” because no witnesses such as former National Security Advisor John Bolton has been dragged forth to testify to the president’s alleged misdeeds. Republicans, by and large, replied that the House had its chance to call witnesses, but in its haste to impeach the president it had left that job unfinished. The role of the Senate was not to clean up after the House Democrats’ mess.
One hope being held out by House Democrats is a pending court ruling concerning possible testimony of former White House Counsel Don McGahn. If the DC Circuit Court rules in favor of the House Democrats, then McGahn could be compelled to testify before House committees.
If that testimony unveils information that could be used for a new article of impeachment, then the House could pass it forthwith and the United States would be back where it started
Some House Democrats are thinking about going through the judicial process to compel Bolton to testify. The problem is, according to the Hill, Bolton refused a demand from the House Intelligence Committee to submit an affidavit concerning his knowledge of the Ukraine matter.
That fact suggests that Bolton, facing pressure from his former White House employers not to talk, would resist a subpoena if the House sent one. The judicial process could take many months, perhaps stretching beyond the presidential election.
Politico notes that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, still in a fury over what she witnessed at the State of the Union Address, has “no plans” to try to compel Bolton’s testimony. Since Pelosi was dubious about impeachment to start with, she could point to the old saying that the definition of insanity is trying to do the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
At the prayer breakfast, President Trump blasted people whom he believes uses religion to do things they know to be wrong, a clear reference to Romney who used his faith to justify his vote to remove the president.
He said that he was disturbed by people who claim to be praying for others, falsely in his view. Pelosi, who has claimed that she is praying for the president, seethed in anger at the prayer breakfast.
At the White House speech that happened later, according to Politico, Trump laid into his political enemies who brought on the impeachment melodrama.
“We went through hell, unfairly, did nothing wrong. Did nothing wrong. I’ve done things wrong in my life, I will admit. Not purposely, but I’ve done things wrong. But this is what the end result is.”
Then he held up a copy of the Washington Post with the headline blaring, “Trump Acquitted.”
The message was clear if the Democrats want to go down the impeachment road again, Trump’s response will be “bring it on.” He believes that he can ride it all the way to reelection in November.