Republicans Look to Defy President with Speedy Senate Trial That Would Call Zero Witnesses

Now that articles of impeachment have been drafted, the American people will be subjected to a continuation of this impeachment fiasco in the Republican-controlled Senate.

For the President, this is a slam dunk.  Barring any revelatory or spectacular reversals of fortune, the Senate itself could vote to acquit the President without much of a hassle, ending the entire ruse once and for all.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that this is his preferred path forward, but he’s now getting some pushback from on high.

Senate Republicans are weighing a speedy impeachment trial that could include no witnesses forPresident Trump’s legal team or for House Democrats.

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The discussions come as the House is moving forward with articles of impeachment against Trump, teeing up a trial in the Senate that would start in January.

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The White House has indicated publicly that it has a wish list of potential witnesses, including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff(D-Calif.), Hunter Biden and the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry.

But Republican senators, including Trump allies and members of leadership, appear reluctant to drag themselves through a drawn-out trial with messy procedural votes when the outcome appears pre-baked.

President Trump has indicated that he would prefer a bit of a show, as opposed to a swift trial; something that the Republican base would likely agree on.

During the House’s portion of this impeachment process, a great many on the right complained about House Intel Chair Adam Schiff’s handling of the inquiry, claiming that he was skewing the rules and the procedural nuances in the direction of the Democrats.  Now, with Republicans in control of the Senate, there are certainly some out there who are looking for revenge…and a Senate spectacle could provide that in spades.

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