I don’t know if this is a good idea or not (and I suspect it is not a good idea), but the House Impeachment Managers are considering NOT calling any witnesses. Their thinking is that everyone in Congress IS a witness:
Democrats made a push for witnesses central to President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. But not this time.
Senate Democrats are making it clear they’re taking a different approach than they did for Trump’s infamous Ukraine call. Now, they say their experience as witnesses to the Jan. 6 insurrection is enough.
“This is based on a public crime,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “His intent was unhidden and so I think there’s a danger as there always is for a trial lawyer and prosecutor to over-try, to add more witnesses that prove the obvious.”
While true, it also leaves out the Court of Public Opinion: if they want some of the intransigent Republicans to vote to ITMFA, they are going to need their constituents to raise holy hell, and while we Scissorheads are above average (and hot damn! Good looking), I’m wagering that some low-information types need to see exhibits and hear testimony before they will apply pressure to their Senators.
(Personally, I would put Republican Senators under oath and have them testify what they were thinking when it happened A MONTH AGO yesterday, but that’s just me. Also: give ’em a secret ballot. It saved Liz Cheney afterall, and probably would have removed the Greene menace from the GOP caucus, but I’m only speculating wildly.)
Unless, of course, the whole thing is performative, Kabuki theatrics. Anyway, to me it smells like pre-emptive defeat.
Meanwhile, ABC News/Ipsos poll finds 56% of Americans say Donald Trump should be convicted at his second impeachment trial and barred from holding office again.