President Donald Trump’s impeachment “is a sham, from start to finish,”Tea Party Patriots Co-Founder and Honorary Chair Jenny Beth Martin writes in a commentary published Wednesday in USA Today.
Even before the one-sided House impeachment inquiry, Martin has been calling for the Senate to immediately vote to dismiss – without a trial – articles of impeachment againt President Trump, if the House votes to approve them.
But, if the Senate is determined to try the case, Martin says the Republcan-controlled Senate should not grant Democrats’ demands for more witnesses. Both the House and Senate should work with the same set of facts, she writes:
“So, what would be “fair” in the Senate? Democrats’ demand for witnesses who didn’t testify in the House is ludicrous. A majority of the House impeached the president based on the evidence that was presented. That’s the evidence that should be presented to the Senate — no more, no less.”
However, if Republicans do cave to Democrats’ demands, then, for the sake of fairness, “Trump’s team should be allowed to call the witnesses he was denied in the House” – like the whistleblower, Hunter Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Intel Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) – Martin says.
In either case, Trump should be acquitted, she concludes:
“This entire episode is a sham, from start to finish. In the interests of fairness, the president should be acquitted — with new witnesses or without.”
Read Martin’s full commentary, “Impeachment inquiry is a sham, from start to finish: Tea Party Patriots co-founder”, at USA Today.