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Trump Dares Pelosi and the Democrats to Impeach Him

President wants the process over and done with — wants the federal government to be able to get back to work for the American people

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Exhibiting the dash and chutzpah that his supporters love him for and that drive his enemies around the bend, President Donald Trump on Thursday dared the Democrats to impeach him quickly so that the federal government can get back to work.

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The president wants the process over and done with because he knows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could drag it out if she wants to — even long enough to make sure it takes place during the GOP convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August 2020.

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Under an extreme slowdown scenario, an impeachment trial in the Senate could occur, potentially, at a time close to Election Day.

If critics then complain the Democrat leaders are holding up the process — and holding the nation hostage as well — Pelosi could counter by referencing the GOP Senate hold-up of Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland back in 2016.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) froze the Garland nomination until it was dead on the vine after Trump’s election.

Then the new president selected now-current Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch for the slot.

See these tweets from the president.

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While Pelosi would not directly control the Senate calendar for an impeachment trial, the time frame under which the Dem-run House sends the articles of impeachment to the Senate naturally would have a major effect.

If the trial is over by the spring, the president would go into a convention and fall season exonerated and with the wind at his back.

If the economy holds and the nation remains at peace, he would have a good re-election advantage.

But if the trial is held later, he may have an even stronger advantage.

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The trial in the Senate would be coordinated by crafty GOP Senate Leader McConnell. He’ll play the same hardball, if not more of it, that the Dems have in the House.

That means GOP senators can and will call any witnesses they desire.

That includes the CIA “whistleblower”; House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.); Hunter Biden; and, yes, former Vice President Joe Biden.

If Biden is the Democrat nominee at that point — a proposition that’s becoming increasingly problematic due to his bizarre and repeated gaffes — then the nation would be treated to the never-before spectacle of its two main presidential nominees neck-deep in a Senate trial.

Given that the facts are on the side of the president, the Dem witnesses would likely fold like cheap card tables, as they did in the House, under GOP questioning.

If so, then Democrat chances in the Senate not only for conviction but also for political success are nearly nil.

Biden recently stated he would refuse to testify.

If so, he could be compelled to do so by court order or even by possibly harsher means. Think of that scene.

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If Biden is not the Democrats’ nominee, the collateral damage to the Dems after the GOP Senate questioning of their impeachment stars and a subsequent Trump acquittal would also be serious.

Nevertheless, the Democrat impeachment train huffs and puffs to its next station, the U.S. Senate.

But that will be the final stop.

If Pelosi and her party aren’t careful, it could be the final stop for their presidential hopes as well.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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