Why the Senate May Skip Witnesses in the Impeachment Trial

Earlier this week, House Democrats moved forward with impeachment.  

In fact, they charged President Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of justice on Congress.  They allege they’re “charging the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, with committing high crimes and misdemeanors,” as quoted by CNBC.

“Unlike President Trump, we understand that our duty, first and foremost, is to protect the Constitution and to protect the interests of the American people,” Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said.  “That is why we must take this solemn step today. Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine “compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections.”

However, even if it Passes the House, It’ll Fail in the Senate

Republicans are not likely to support impeachment in the Senate — where two-thirds majority is needed to remove a sitting President.  Plus, Republicans may skip witnesses altogether in the impeachment trial by January 2020.

While the White House wants to call House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, Hunter Biden and the whistleblower, Republicans really don’t want to drag the U.S. through a drawn oil trial.  

“I think a protracted period where there are motions to call witnesses offered by both sides and lots of votes is not going to be terribly popular with either side. I think there’s going to be a desire to wrap this up in at least somewhat of a timely way,” Sen. John Thune said, quoted by The Hill.   

“When 51 of us say we’ve heard enough, the trial is going to end,” Sen Lindsey Graham, as quoted by Fox News. “The president’s going to be acquitted. “He [President Trump] may want to call Schiff, he may want to call Hunter Biden, he may want to call Joe Biden. But here’s my advice to the president: If the Senate is ready to vote and ready to acquit you, you should celebrate that. And we can look at this other stuff outside of impeachment.”

At this point, it’s all a wait-and-see.  Stay tuned for more on this developing story.