The Senate GOP Is Getting Desperate

Friday morning CBS News reported that the Trump administration is warning Republican senators: “Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.”

Maybe that accounts for their increasing desperation and hypocrisy. On Thursday night CNN reported on a new set of GOP talking points: Because Trump will likely block subpoenas of witnesses or evidence in the Senate trial, they would have to go to court, which could take a long time. But that’s exactly the argument for which they’ve trashed House Democrats.  

In fact, in his masterful opening on Tuesday, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff hit back at Trump’s attorneys after they mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for saying “we cannot be at the mercy of the courts” in the impeachment process after the Trump administration ignored multiple subpoenas as well as court rulings against it. Unfortunately, journalists occasionally parrot that line, too. Pelosi did say that, but she added:  “The courts are very important in all of this. Those [subpoena] cases will continue.” She has also insisted that she “never said you cannot proceed without the courts.”

“While these lawyers for the President are here before you today saying the House should have gone to court, they’re in court saying the House may not go to court to enforce subpoenas. I kid you not,” Schiff said, adding later: “Why didn’t the founders require the exhaustion of legal remedies before impeachment? They didn’t want to give that power to the courts!”

Of course, the Senate could have voted to subpoena witnesses and documents on Tuesday when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed multiple amendments to Senate rules to do just that. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held his caucus together to vote down those amendments, saying the Senate will vote on these issues after a day of debate on trial rules, three days of hearing the House case, three days of the president’s defense, and two days of Senators interrogating both sides—a delay of at least nine days, and possibly more. So McConnell himself has already built in at least some of the delay his caucus is now decrying. That delay could lengthen; as I write, Trump is complaining that his lawyers will open their case on Saturday, in the “Death Valley spot” on TV. That’s right: The president is complaining about a move McConnell made to try to help him.

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