President Trump’s impeachment trial begins tomorrow. Democrats and Republicans continue to wrangle over what that trial should look like. Meanwhile, the president’s legal team is giving a clearer sense of how it plans to defend him.
Senators were sworn in for the impeachment trial last week, and on Tuesday, they’re slated to sign off on the rules.
The impeachment trial will be the first one since former President Bill Clinton’s 21 years ago. As House managers present their case tomorrow, some Tri-State representatives who voted against it in the House say they already know how it will end.
“On Tuesday, these senators start hearing the case presented by house managers.
“President Trump thus warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit under the United States,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, during last week’s presentation of the articles.
“Everyone knows how this is going to turn out. Donald Trump is not going to be removed from office,” says Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky. He voted against impeachment in the house. Rep. Comer claims if the trial lasts several weeks it will take away time from other issues.
“We need to be debating health care. We need to be debating prescription health care costs. We need to be debating things that we can do to help end this trade war. But the Democrats are obsessed with impeachment,” he said, during an appearance in Madisonville.
Democratic house managers are asking for witnesses to be allowed to testify during the trial as part of their case, Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Kentucky, says that testimony should have been done in the house during their hearings.
“They could have called out these people to testify. What would have happened was the president would have exerted executive privilege, then they would have gone through the court case. The same thing would happen now, and so you have to look at why didn’t Speaker Pelosi do that,” he said.
Last week, Indiana Senator Mike Braun said he was O.K. with allowing witness testimony during the Senate trial as long as Trump’s lawyers could call witnesses too.
(This story was originally published on January 20, 2020)