Even before the House launched its sham of an impeachment inquiry, it was clear that thanks to the Republican majority in the Senate, there is little likelihood that President Donald Trump would be convicted and removed from office following a trial in the upper chamber.
So why did Democrats insist on pressing forward with impeachment and a futile attempt at removal? According to Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), these things were pursued mainly as a means for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to put vulnerable Republican senators in a tough position with voters and boost his own chances of claiming majority leader status in the Senate following the 2020 election.
Barasso: Impeachment all about 2020
This frank assessment from Barrasso, chairman of the Republican Senate Conference, came during a press conference on Friday morning that summed up the status of the ongoing impeachment trial to date, Fox News reported.
Toward the end of the 22-minute briefing involving Barrasso and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the senator from Wyoming revealed what he believed was Schumer’s true intention in pressing the impeachment and demanding votes on whether to issue subpoenas for additional documents and witnesses, namely, to eventually take majority control of the chamber.
“This isn’t only about the presidential race, this is about the United States Senate,” Barrasso said. “If you take a listen to Chuck Schumer’s statements, putting the trial — putting it on the members of the United States Senate, this is about Susan Collins. This is about Thom Tillis. This is about Martha McSally. This is about Cory Gardner. Chuck Schumer has said as much.”
“Only part of it is about removing President Trump and taking his name off of the ballot. It is also about Chuck Schumer trying to make himself a majority leader of the United States Senate, and there’s no way to deny it because he himself has confirmed it,” he added.
Nakedly partisan power grab
Republican Sens. Collins, Tillis, McSally, and Gardner — from Maine, North Carolina, Arizona, and Colorado, respectively — are all senators who are facing tough re-election bids in the upcoming election.
Barrasso basically asserted that Schumer was attempting to force difficult votes — in coordination with concerted pressure from the liberal media — that could potentially harm the chances of those four senators retaining their seats.
Were those four senators to be replaced by their Democrat challengers, and presuming the Democrats held onto their own handful of vulnerable seats, that would swing majority control of the Senate from Republicans to Democrats and allow Schumer to claim for himself the title of majority leader now held by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
In other words, in light of the fact that Trump will likely be acquitted, the real purpose of the impeachment trial is to try and assist Democrats in their insatiable bid for more power and control in both chambers of Congress.
This whole charade has been nothing more than a nakedly partisan power grab by Schumer and the Democrats.
Their shameful abuse of the impeachment process will hopefully galvanize American voters to thoroughly reject Democrats at the ballot box this November and dramatically shrink their ranks in both the Senate and the House.