(FreedomJournal)- Well, it looks like the second sham impeachment trial of President Donald Trump is going ahead, even though he has already left the White House and is now a private citizen.
The latest news, which comes from a report by The Hill, says that Chief Justice John Roberts is not expected to preside over the trial. Roberts was reportedly keen to avoid presiding over the trial as it is expected to become highly political and emotionally charged, so now it looks as though Democrat Senate President Pro Tempore, Pat Leahy, will preside instead.
Leahy confirmed the news on Monday and said he would bring “impartial justice” to the table.
“The president pro tempore has historically presided over Senate impeachment trials of non-presidents,” he said. “When presiding over an impeachment trial, the president pro tempore takes an additional special oath to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and its laws. It is an oath that I take extraordinarily seriously.”
It’s hard to believe any Democrat takes impartiality seriously these days…
Nonetheless, Leahy claimed that he wouldn’t waver from his constitutional and sworn obligations and would “administer the trial with fairness, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws.”
Like the Democrats worked in accordance with the Constitution and laws when they initiated an impeachment hearing of a private citizen?
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Constitutional lawyer Alan Dershowitz recently discussed the constitutionality of such a hearing and…well…it’s not constitutional.
“No, you can’t try an impeached former president,” Dershowitz said in the Wall Street Journal.
“The Senate erroneously asserted jurisdiction once, but dissenting members forced an acquittal,” he added.
There are also arguments about who should preside over the case. Many argue that if the Senate does go ahead with the trial, despite it being unconstitutional, then Chief Justice Roberts should preside.
Senator Josh Hawley said that there’s “only one constitutional process for impeachment and it is of the president, not a president,” he said. “It requires the chief justice to preside.”
Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a member of the Judiciary Committee, disagreed however. Cornyn said that the Constitution requires the chief justice to preside over the impeachment of a president, but that’s “not what we’re doing.”
“To me that’s indicative of the fact that we’re in unchartered waters,” he said.
Either way, even President Joe Biden has admitted that the Senate doesn’t have the numbers to convict President Donald Trump.
A show trial, in other words.