The nation’s oldest living senator, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), called it quits early on Wednesday night. According to Breitbart, Feinstein left Capitol Hill about an hour before the end of the day’s proceedings in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate.
The 86-year-old Democrat left around 8:45 p.m., saying goodnight to two reporters as she left, the outlet reported. The move violated expectations that senators would be present for the entirety of the trial, but a spokesperson for the congresswoman said she felt ill and would be back the next day.
“A full and fair trial”
Of course, her early departure didn’t stop Feinstein from releasing a statement Wednesday about the impeachment process and the trial so far. Not surprisingly, the California senator saw the Democrats’ case as a “compelling” reason “why the Senate needs access to documents and witnesses that have so far been withheld by the White House.”
“It’s hard to overstate our need to have access to all relevant information so the Senate can hold a full and fair trial demanded by the Constitution,” she said in her statement.
Later in her message, the senator seemed to interpret recent comments by President Donald Trump as gloating about Democrats not having all the information relevant to the impeachment case against him.
“Honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material,” Trump reportedly said from Davos at an international economic summit this week.
Feinstein and other Democrats took Trump’s comments to mean that he was hiding evidence from them.
“It was very disappointing today when President Trump appeared to brag that information is being withheld from the Senate,” Feinstein said Wednesday. “This is even more reason for Republicans who want a fair trial to support Senator [Chuck] Schumer’s request for documents and witnesses.”
A lot of assumptions
But when Trump said his side had “all the material,” he wasn’t talking about evidence that they were hiding from the Democrats. Instead, he meant that he has all the facts on his side, and the Democrats have — as the president has been saying since the beginning — nothing but a lot of untrue assumptions, and secondhand ones at that.
The comments were in the context of impeachment being a hoax and Democrats having an extraordinarily weak case, which is becoming truer each day.
Democrats are desperate to muddy the waters by finding a Trump associate who will cast aspersions or outright lie about the president’s actions. To be fair, a lot of them seem to believe he did break the law and that there’s proof out there somewhere of his wrongdoing.
Some, however, just want to bring Trump down at any cost — and they are willing to sell their souls to do it. That is, if they can even be bothered to show up.