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Senate Republicans are allowing themselves to be used as pawns by McConnell to save Trump

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Michael Payne
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Is there anyone who doesn't know that Donald J. Trump is facing impeachment in the developing "trial" that is currently being conducted in the U.S. Senate? And, that the chances of him being found guilty of the articles of impeachment, as would be expected with the Republicans in control, are somewhere between zero and none?

No matter what transpires in the trial, Trump will go down in history as the 3rd US president to be impeached, a deep, dark stain on his presidency. So, what we have here now is a president on trial trying to get exonerated. And, at the same time, his mind-conditioned Republican senators are also on trial to see if they will stand up for what is right or be found guilty by the American people for their refusal to do so.

What these Republicans have decided to do is gamble everything, their entire future existence, their political lives, on protecting and defending their Dear Leader, no matter how guilty he may be, or what the consequences for them will be.

Most of them, if they let their true feelings be known, would confess they have no use for the man, many can't stomach him or his twisted behavior, but they bow down to his dictates since he controls the Republican base of voters.

Message to Republicans: you may have heard that some 70% or more of Americans want a fair trial with witnesses and pertinent evidence. So if that many want exactly that, and you not only refuse to do it, and you go so far as to block every attempt, do you understand what your fate will be? Can you fathom the fury that this many Americans can bring down on you?

In a typical jury trial, there is a judge, jury, prosecutor, defense attorney, and there are most certainly witnesses. Without witnesses, a trial cannot function properly. If there are no witnesses, pro or con, to tell the jury their sides of the case, so they can try to determine which side is telling the truth, then it cannot be called a trial.

What McConnell is attempting to do is conduct a "fake" trial, and if the Senate Republicans meekly go along with his tactics, then they will be complicit in his scheme. And they will have to answer for their deliberate violation of the US Constitution.

Democrats, maybe one or more of them, who are on good terms with John Bolton, might approach him in secret and try to determine what he knows and what he would say if called to testify. Now, if he is barred from testifying and the trial is not going well, Democrats should have a special hearing of the Judiciary Committee that would include the revelation of his evidence. And this might be the bombshell many of us are talking about.

If Lev Parnas continues to furnish more and more documents, texts, emails, or letters, especially from individuals who were directly involved with Trump in this abuse of power, Democrats should try to enlist him as a witness. I f that is not allowed, then also bring him in to testify before the Judiciary Committee. There could be more unexpected individuals who might step forward to testify and do what is right.

Right now more and more evidence is flowing into the Democrats and we are starting to see the walls closing in on Trump. They must do everything in their power to increase that flow to the point that it will be like a monumental tsunami rushing into the Senate.

At the beginning of the Senate trial, Chief Justice Roberts, when taking the oath, put his left hand on the Bible and said, "I do" after the oath was administered, and that included the last words, "so help me God."

Then, when Roberts administered the oath to the entire body of senators, none of them put their left hand on any Bible before saying "I do." And I wonder how many of them, mostly Republicans, didn't even say I do at all. I think putting the left hand on the Bible would have been a good thing because, maybe, just maybe, at least a handful would have had pangs of conscience and promised themselves that they would take part in a fair trial, including witnesses and new evidence.

There is an excellent chance that this trial, in the end, will turn out to be a living hell for Republicans. Right now, considering that Trump will very likely be exonerated, it will be the Republicans who are the ones found guilty, who will come out of this trial with a target on their backs. They will become sacrificial lambs.

Here are some scenarios that we could see evolve when this is all done and, take note, that none of them show this as a win-win for Republicans but, rather, as a definite lose-lose result:

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