Even after weeks of evidence-gathering in the House, many are still not convinced that Democrats have sufficient evidence to warrant President Donald Trump’s impeachment. But though some may have been hoping Senate Republicans would dismiss Dems’ charges against the president without even affording them a trial, it looks like that isn’t how this saga is going to end.
According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Trump’s impeachment won’t be dismissed without a trial in the Senate. “The idea of dismissing the case early on is not going to happen,” Graham said Sunday, according to Fox News.
“We don’t have the votes”
Graham’s remarks came during an appearance over the weekend on Fox News Sunday, where host Chris Wallace asked the senator outright whether he and others in the GOP have “given up on the idea that the majority will vote to dismiss case right away.”
“That’s dead for practical purposes,” Graham confirmed, according to Breitbart. “There are a lot of senators who I think will wind up acquitting the president but believe that we need to hear the House’s case [and] the president’s case in answer to the House’s case.”
For this reason, Graham said, “the idea of dismissing the case early on” is a non-starter. “We don’t have the votes for that,” he added.
But that doesn’t mean Republicans will be letting Democrats run the show. According to Graham, if Dems get their way and get to hear testimony from new witnesses like former National Security Adviser John Bolton, the GOP will push back with subpoenas of their own.
“If we call one witness, we’re going to call all the witnesses,” Graham said, noting that Republicans plan to run the Trump’s trial similarly to how former President Bill Clinton’s was run in the late 1990s.
A win-win for the GOP
But even if Senate Republicans did have the votes to dismiss the charges outright, it might be better to let things play out naturally.
What Americans have seen so far is a very one-sided, Democrat-led process with a clear goal: take down President Trump. Indeed, with obviously biased characters — such as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — leading the way, Trump has got anything but a fair shake.
But in the Senate, Trump will be able to present his side of the case — and in the process, Republicans are hoping they can expose the Democrats for their obvious attempt to remove a duly elected president from office. Accordingly, this could be a win-win, at least for Republicans: the trial will vindicate Trump and expose Democrats, if everything goes as predicted.
For now, all we can do is sit back and wait for this show to get on the road.
With the senators sworn in and the formalities complete, Trump’s trial is scheduled to begin in the Senate this Tuesday, according to NPR.