Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing; Donald Trump should not appear before the impeachment trial.
Ted Cruz told reporters the following:
“Of course not. They want a ridiculous show trial because they’re more motivated by partisan anger than they are to actually solve the very real problems we have in this country. We need to get to work and do our jobs.”
When asked the same question, Republican senator Ron Johnson simply shook his head and walked away from the reporters.
Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin who heads up the impeachment hearing asked Trump to attend the hearing in a letter;
“In light of your disputing these factual allegations, I write to invite you to provide testimony under oath, either before or during the Senate impeachment trial, concerning your conduct on January 6, 2021,” Raskin wrote.
This all comes after Trump was impeached by the house due to so-called actions leading to violence on capitol hill on January the 6th.
Trump’s legal team slammed Raskin’s letter as a publicity stunt, saying;
“There is no such thing as negative inference in this unconstitutional proceeding,” attorney David Schoen wrote to Raskin. “Your letter only confirms what is known to everyone: you cannot prove your allegations against the 45th president of the United States, who is now a private citizen.”
Senator Lindsey Graham said that requesting Trimps testimony is just another political ploy by the Democrats. He added; “I don’t think that would be in anybody’s interest.”
Several Democrats stated that they did not wish to see Donald Trump appear before the committee. Sen. Chris Coons said it would be a “terrible idea,” and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said it would “be a dog and pony show.”
Senator Rand Paul who has stood up to the impeachment from the beginning says the case is dead on arrival in the Senate.
“The trial is already over. They don’t have the votes to convict,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told reporters on Thursday. “This is just, I think, continuing to embitter the public. It’s divisive, and it does nothing to promote unity. I think it’s a big mistake on the Democrats’ part.”
This impeachment saga is just a ploy by the Democrats to prevent Trump from running a second term and that is all. Make no mistake, this has nothing to do with the events of January the 6th.
Once again the opposition has played its hand too early and revealed its weakness.