GOP Should Reject Call For Witnesses

Written by Bill Thomas on January 29, 2020

President Trump’s legal team wrapped up their defense on Tuesday, using eleven hours of the twenty-four allotted to refute the House Managers’ case. The defense team was efficient, effective and eviscerating. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) nailed it when she tweeted of the defense team, “They made it clear that the House impeached President Trump over a policy disagreement.” Rep. Elise Stefanik, a rising star in the GOP, tweeted, “It is very clear that Adam Schiff’s impeachment case is the weakest in our nation’s history.”

It is abundantly clear that the Democrats and their media accomplices have no impeachable case against President Trump. This has been, like so many schemes before it, a partisan attack to get rid of a president they hate. A few days ago, the “January Surprise” hit the impeachment circus. Former Ambassador John Bolton has a book coming out in March. The New York Times obtained leaked information about the book and exclusively reported the manuscript included a claim that Trump explicitly linked a hold on Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden.

It is important, at this point, to note that no one who has reported on the story has actually read what Bolton wrote. They are citing anonymous sources who they say have read it. The president has denied ever saying anything like this to Bolton and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham rightly observed that “the timing of all this is very, very suspect.” 

So, what does all of this mean? The Democrats and the media have no case. They know they’ve lost to this point, so they are throwing up whatever they can to prolong this charade in the hopes of weakening the president. That’s why it is so important that the GOP stand together, reject any more witnesses and send this witch hunt to the grave.

This ought to be obvious, but somehow, as I write this on Tuesday night, there aren’t the votes yet to reject witnesses among the GOP. Before panic sets in, this may be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) to rally his caucus and bring them together. There are some signs that the Republicans are moving in that direction.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, “I’m increasingly optimistic this ends Friday. …The defense team destroyed the House case.”

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) agreed as he took to Twitter to say,@realDonaldTrump’s team made a very strong, compelling case. We need to get back to the work of the American people. We’ve heard enough, we can make an informed decision and judgement. Let’s vote.”

There are lots of reasons why this nightmare should end but allow me to share just three. First, no GOP senator should delude him/herself into thinking the Democrats plea for more witnesses is a call for truth, fairness and what’s right. Nothing that has been done by the Democrats or the media since Trump was elected has been for any of these noble purposes. This call for witnesses is a cry of desperation for those who are losing yet again. There isn’t a witness alive who could testify and change the minds of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris’(D-CA) or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). This is not about fairness. GOP senators don’t roll over for the fake cries of patriotism.

Second, the country is already polarized and prolonging this trial, when the outcome is known, is bad. Except for maybe a few delusional members of the resistance, no one thinks President Trump will be removed from office. He will be in an election in 2020 and the election will render a verdict. This whole sham has been partisan. Don’t dignify it by acting like it is something real. For GOP Senators to prolong this when the outcome is known is irresponsible.

Finally, the people you represent, GOP Senators, the people CNN mocks and ridicules, we want you to stand united. We want a party that is together and ready to take on the Socialists and the Liberal liars who want to stymie the progress America has made. It isn’t an accident or coincidence that President Trump enjoys his highest job performance rating in the middle of this circus.

Be loyal to your constituents. “Dance with the one who brought you.” I am hopeful that what Sen. Ted Cruz said on twitter will be correct. “I am confident that at the end of this process, @realDonaldTrump will be acquitted.” 

Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas lives in Washington, Missouri and is a professor at St. Louis Christian College. He's also on staff at First Christian Church in Washington, Missouri. He's authored two novellas, From the Ashes and The Sixty-First Minute published by White Feather Press of MI and three Bible studies, Surrounded by Grace, The Critical Questions and More and The Road to Victory published by CSS Publishing of OH.