WASHINGTON, D.C. – Can you say acquittal? That’s going to be the word on everyone’s lips next week. That word could have been, ‘witnesses,’ but the Senate voted 51-49 Friday evening to reject hearing from more witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The length of the trial was a big question mark, because witnesses would have drawn it out weeks, but not witnesses leaves the Senate with little else to do but vote.
So that’s what will happen next week as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) sets up the final vote in this whole sad saga. That vote, obviously, can go one of two ways: A) Vote to affirm the charges and remove him from office, or, B) acquittal.
We’re putting our money on acquittal considering….well…the utter dearth of evidence against the president of anything remotely approaching an impeachable offense. That was enough to to get 51 votes rejecting witnesses because those witnesses would have merely reiterated the exact same argument; and argument that, even if proven, is not impeachable.
Republican Sens. Mitt Romney (UT) and Susan Collins (ME) were the only two joining Democrats to hear from more witnesses. Neither are all that surprising, but it’s hard to tell if they would cast the same vote if they knew it was going to make or break the issue. Will those two senators be voting against the president in the final vote? Not likely.
And after weeks of fomenting high drama in the U.S. Capitol, leading the mob to impeach a president so dangerous they think electorate cannot be trusted to properly evaluate via elections, it will come down to the final vote. There will be a lot of commentary and predictions and worries between now and then, but President Trump, in the end, will be acquitted.
What will the Democrats do then? They’ll probably point to last night’s vote and say it wasn’t a “fair trial” because there were no witnesses. They assume the unwashed masses do not know that all the witness testimony and evidence gathering is the responsibility of the House and Speaker Pelosi, and that they can still smear Trump going into election day.
Our guess is that the president will face all of it head on, in his usual style, and continue frustrating a class of elitist Democrats and bureaucrats he’s outmaneuvered time and time again. Vindicated, and reinvigorated. Good luck, Nancy.