The Democrats and the left have gotten their wish with the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump.
Or did they? There is an old saying, “be careful what you wish for…” which Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats should have paid attention to. By all of the most critical measures, Trump’s impeachment is backfiring badly on the Democrats.
As you know, the House impeached President Donald Trump on a straight party-line vote. Not one Republican signed on to the most partisan impeachment in U.S. history.
As you probably also know, as we head for trial in the Senate, Democrats seem to be having nervous second thoughts over what they have done. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has called for the Senate to subpoena four new witnesses that the House never heard, and Nancy Pelosi has been stalling sending over to the Senate the articles of impeachment her House has approved.
On that count, Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has said that Schumer and Pelosi, “would apparently like our chamber to do House Democrats’ homework for them.”
What we can draw from these delaying tactics is that they are an admission that the House’s case for impeaching Trump is woefully inadequate, and could prove wholly non-credible to the American people. It is clear that the message sent by Pelosi’s call for more time before the trial, and Schumer’s call for more witnesses, is one of fear that not only could the House’s case for impeachment fail, it could be laughed out of the Senate. Such an occurrence could and should be, devastating for the Democrats at the ballot box in 2020.
The Democratic Party has bet the ranch on the impeachment and removal of Trump for imperiling our “national security.” But are Schumer and Pelosi behaving as though the republic is in mortal peril?
Schumer’s call for new witnesses also underscores the thinness of Article I of the impeachment, Trump’s alleged “Abuse of Power.”
Beneath Article I, there is not a single crime listed—no treason, no bribery, no extortion, no high crimes.
What kind of impeachment is this, with not one crime from the list the Founding Fathers designated as impeachable acts?
Trump Trouncing the Dems in Other Areas
It is not just the impeachment that is seeming to be breaking in the president’s favor. The James Comey-FBI investigation Mueller inherited has begun to take on the aspect of a “deep state” conspiracy.
According to the Justice Department’s IG Michael Horowitz, the FISA court warrants used to justify FBI spying were the products not only of incompetence but also of mendacity and possible criminality. The “essential” evidence used by the FBI to get the FISA judge to approve warrants for surveillance was the Steele dossier.
An ex-British spy, Christopher Steele was working in mid-2016 for a dirt-diving operation commissioned by the DNC and Clinton campaign to go after Trump. His altarpiece, the dossier, we learn from Horowitz, was a farrago of fabrications, rumors, and lies fed to Steele by a Russian “sub-source.”
In the four FBI submissions to the FISA courts for warrants to spy on Carter Page, there were “at least 17 significant errors or omissions.”
Moreover, the discrediting of the Comey investigation has just begun. U.S. Attorney John Durham will report this spring or summer on his deeper and wider investigation into its roots.
With the Horowitz report confirming what Trump supporters have been reporting and saying about Comey’s investigation for years, and the newly proven manipulation of the FISA courts, the media hooting about “right-wing conspiracy theories” seems to have been toned down.
Chalk up another victory for Team Trump!