Despite the fact that former President Donald Trump left office more than a week ago, senators in both parties are pursuing an effort to convict him in a forthcoming Senate impeachment trial.
While Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has indicated that his party hopes to prevent Trump from ever running for federal elected office again, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity recently revealed that the odds are not in the party’s favor.
“Officially dead in the water”
“This latest Democratic impeachment ‘Schiff show’ is now officially dead in the water,” Hannity told his television audience on Wednesday evening, according to Fox. “It is over.”
Hannity was apparently referring to the central role Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) played in the first impeachment effort against Trump.
The Fox host argued that the upcoming “Senate trial will be conducted as planned, but the Democrats do not have anywhere close to what would be the two-thirds supermajority that would be needed to convict.”
Those remarks came in the wake of reports that 45 GOP senators voted in favor of a motion by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to declare the impeachment of a former president unconstitutional.
“Donald Trump will be acquitted, and what we will witness is yet another colossal waste of time with a predetermined outcome,” Hannity declared, arguing that the effort amounts to little more than “a show trial predicated on [the] irrational psychotic rage of the radical left and the cowardly Democrats in complete fear and panic to stand up to their base.”
“Make no mistake, there will be a trial”
Hannity went on to denounce the effort as “political theater, frankly, at its worst,” not to mention a “massive government waste of time and resources,” as Fox noted.
Nevertheless, Schumer has shown no signs of backing down. On Wednesday, the Democratic leader declared: “I would simply say to all of my colleagues, make no mistake, there will be a trial.”
According to Fox, Schumer promised that the “evidence against the former president will be presented in living color for the nation and every one of us to see once again and no one will be able to avert their gaze from what Mr. Trump said and did and the consequences of his actions.”
Among the impeachment alternatives being developed in the Democratic Party is a proposal by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) to censure the former president.
“I’ve drafted something,” he said, according to USA Today. “I haven’t filed it yet because I’m trying to get other people’s ideas about what should be in it. But I’m hoping that we might find, we might find it and it could be an alternative.”