The House Managers have totally botched the impeachment trial. Democratic senators are a lot of things, but most of them are not stupid. Many of them are highly skilled attorneys. They know that Schiff failed to make the case and they also know this will soon become obvious. The smart ones already know they have lost and are looking for the least painful exit. No one is even pretending that this will result in Trump’s removal from office. The Schiff show is almost over and the response by Trump’s attorneys is likely to be epic.
Schiff built his entire case around an assumption he cannot prove and for which he has no evidence. Schiff has repeatedly said that there was no explanation for investigating Joe Biden other than to interfere in the 2020 election. He claims that all of the allegations regarding Biden have been discredited as a conspiracy theory. He offered no evidence to support that claim. In doing this, he made Joe Biden a centerpiece of the impeachment trial. Joe Biden is unlikely to be called as a witness, but he is definitely a person of interest.
It is indisputable that Joe Biden personally demanded Ukraine fire a specific prosecutor, within six hours, or he would withhold $1 billion in aid. He even admitted that Ukraine questioned whether he had the authority to do that. Biden scornfully told them he had exactly that authority. A billboard in Time’s Square is now playing a loop of this video.
It is also indisputable that Hunter Biden was appointed to board of Burisma and was paid big bucks. It is indisputable that Burisma was considered to be hopelessly corrupt. Several witnesses called by Democrats in the House admitted that. This means the only real question is why was Hunter Biden appointed to this position? So far, I have yet to hear a good answer to that question.
Democrats also made Rudy Giuliani a focus point of this trial. They even quoted John Bolton referring to Giuliani as a “hand grenade.” That actually may be quite accurate. But a hand grenade can be a pretty effective weapon. Rudy has been strangely silence recently, probably because he knew that anything he said or did would have been used by Democrats in the impeachment trial. But, they are about to rest, that makes it much easier for Giuliani to speak up. He has already started doing that with an appearance on Fox and Friends. Either Giuliani is delusional, or he has a lot of evidence regarding corruption by Biden and others in the Ukraine.
Ted Cruz is one of the smartest attorney’s in congress. Here is what he said:
House Democrats perhaps unintentionally threw Joe Biden under the bus..(Trump attys) are going to have the opportunity to present..evidence ..that supports a serious investigation into..whether Joe Biden participated in that corruption.. (with Burisma)
The Democratic presentation also made a huge mistake by letting Nadler off his leash. Lisa Murkowski, who Democrats were counting on to cross over the aisle, is livid because Nadler basically said Republican Senators were part of a cover-up:
“I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote,”
Here is what she said to Alaska Public Media:
“I took it as very offensive,” Murkowski told reporters in the basement of the Senate Wednesday afternoon. “As one who is listening attentively and working hard to get to a fair process, I was offended.”
Democrats called the furor over Nadler’s idiotic comments as a distraction. However, none of them even attempted to defend his remarks. Democrats desperately needed help from Republicans like Murkowski to even get this trial extended beyond the initial presentations. They needed those witnesses. They already lost that battle. If they have lost people like Murkowski, they have lost the war.
The Democratic attempt to impeach Trump was always destined to fail. But, when they were trying this in the MSM, they had an opportunity to sell a lot of people on a false and patently absurd narrative. Voting to forward articles of impeachment to the Senate was a huge tactical error. It made Democrats present their case first and it allows Trump’s legal team equal opportunity to respond. That gave a huge advantage to Trump’s legal team. Trump’s team knows all the evidence that Democrats have accumulated and they know all of their arguments. Democrats do not know what evidence the Trump team has accumulated and they don’t really know how Republicans will conduct their defense.
I actually have a lot of experience in litigation since I am frequently retained as a litigation consultant and expert witness. From this perspective, it looks like the Democrats have made an enormous blunder and that is about to become obvious to everyone. Watch for the same pundits in the MSM who are singing the praises of Adam Schiff turn on him when they realize how badly he has mismanaged this. Quite simply, if your quarterback starts throwing interceptions that turn into a pick six, the cheers quickly morph into loud boos.
One final note. There is a report that over 1,000 Republicans are at least considering running for congress against an incumbent Democrat. They are doing this because they see the potential for a once in a life time opportunity to flip a congressional seat.
“According to Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, impeachment has helped to push about 1,000 Republicans to file to run for House seats this year.
In an interview, he said that impeachment “intensity” has raised the overall political intensity to an Election Day level, and Republicans are responding, giving him an incumbent or challenger candidate in 384 of 435 House districts, nearly 40 above expectations at this stage of the year.”