Tempers Flare On The First Day

January 22, 2020 |

The first day of the Senate “impeachment” trial finally wound down after 1 a.m., with tempers flaring and Justice Roberts having to warn both sides to restrain their anger and show decorum.


The shouting match came after Rep. Jerrold Nadler pulled the Democratic accusation for the umpteenth time that denying their requests to call more witnesses that they didn’t bother to subpoena before voting to impeach meant that Senate Republicans were conspiring in a cover-up. He declared that the “Senate is on trial here,” and that President Trump’s invoking his executive privilege rights was because “only guilty people try to hide evidence.” That “triggered” Trump’s attorneys Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow, who blasted Nadler for making false allegations against the Senate the way he’s made false allegations against the President and his attorneys, and for shredding the Constitution by claiming that invoking your due process rights is proof of guilt.

It was an appropriately explosive ending to a day when even the most patient man on Earth would’ve been tempted to pull an Elvis and shoot out his TV screen in frustration.

Over and over again, we were subjected to the same tired, unproven and debunked allegations repeated as if they were unassailable fact. When the House managers brought up the name of Ambassador Sondland, I had to marvel at how they conveniently failed to mention that his testimony collapsed like a two-dollar card table under cross examination. He was forced to admit that all his incendiary accusations were only his personal assumptions, and the one and only time he actually spoke to Trump, Trump told him the exact opposite: that he didn’t want any quid pro quo, he just wanted to make sure the President of Ukraine kept his campaign promise to root out corruption. How did the House Democrats miss that part? It happened right in front of them. Maybe, like most of America, they’d fallen asleep at that point.

At the end of the long, long day, the Democrats’ attempts to bully and shame Republicans into letting them try to scrounge up the evidence they failed to find in the House didn't work, with every proposed amendment to expand the inquiry defeated on a party line vote (it doesn’t bode well for them that they seem be getting on even Mitt Romney’s last nerve.) That doesn’t mean they won’t be allowed to call more witnesses, just that it will be put off until later. First, they have to prove that they have a solid enough case to warrant the time and trouble of calling more witnesses. I suspect that’s the reason why they were so desperate to get permission to do it now, before the Senators get a gander at the house of marked cards they’ve cobbled together as a “case.”

It will come as no surprise to anyone who listened to the Democrats’ repetitive and hyperbolic opening statement that a Real Clear Investigations analysis found that it’s built on the belief that if you don’t have evidence, your case can be made to sound more convincing by repeating the same thin allegations over and over again.


I’m not going to recap the day in detail because nobody should have to suffer through that again. So I’ll just summarize it with a couple of cut-to-the-chase quotes from various commentators:

1. The House Democrats have a slam-dunk case with overwhelming evidence of the President’s guilt. But they can’t prove it unless they’re allowed to subpoena more witnesses and documents.

2. If they’re not allowed to call the witnesses they want, it’s a cover-up. If Republicans are allowed to call the witnesses they want, it’s a vast right-wing conspiracy to spread disinformation.

3. And this, from an anonymous poster on a news comment board, I think sums up in a nutshell what this entire farce is really all about: “Trump is being impeached for Presidenting without being a Democrat.”

If you would like a reasonably painless, informative and even occasionally funny recap of Day One, I suggest you scroll through the live blog of the proceedings at Townhall.com. You might even want to bookmark Townhall.com because judging by the first day, this is going to be a long, painful and infuriating slog.


Finally, to help wash this out of your brain, here’s a story of far more interest and importance than anything the House Democrats had to say in the Senate:


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  • Clara Herrin

    01/24/2020 02:36 AM

    Mike, boy am I glad I read this comment about the squirrels!!! I've been worried about this very thing ever since I took my biology class in college. It's the kind of thing that preys on a person's mind; that interfers with one's ability to pay the bills or pick up the kids from school. Now I can relax and get a good night's sleep...finally. Again, I can't thank you enough.

  • Ronald R. Cooke

    01/23/2020 04:03 PM

    Mitt Romney and his family are on thin ice. That is the reason for his support of our President.
    And to your comment: "It will come as no surprise to anyone who listened to the Democrats’ repetitive and hyperbolic opening statement that a Real Clear Investigations analysis found that it’s built on the belief that if you don’t have evidence, your case can be made to sound more convincing by repeating the same thin allegations over and over again."

    Adolf Hitler and his crew used this same tactic to gain complete control of Germany in the 30's. Have you forgotten?

  • Lora Lowery

    01/23/2020 11:20 AM

    I still don’t understand why the big argument over House calling witnesses. They had their chance, didn’t allow President’s witnesses. Now they want to run Senate trial?

  • Douglas Rose

    01/23/2020 10:26 AM

    Trump 2020

  • Joan Spicer

    01/23/2020 09:52 AM

    Our Constitutional Rights to elect a President, or ANY officials, are being violated! Please let America know this. The President’s attorney said, the Impeachment Articles include a clause that Prohibits our President, Donald Trump, from being on the 2020 election ballot and from EVER holding office!

  • David Colonna

    01/23/2020 09:08 AM

    I just wish our President's legal team would point out the lies and made up stories the House managers state, especially Adam liar Schiff who is the biggest liar on earth. Put their credibility as prosecutors on the line.

  • Tony Weaver

    01/22/2020 08:47 PM

    If the Senate has witnesses and they call Hunter Biden, I’m sure he would plead the FIFTH
    Then where would we be

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/22/2020 07:49 PM

    The statement that jumped out at me was where you state: "The House Democrats have a slam-dunk case with overwhelming evidence of the President’s guilt. But they can’t prove it unless they’re allowed to subpoena more witnesses and documents." ....and the REASON this particular statement DID jump out at me isnbecause, as I had to listen to all the discussion about subpoening more witnesses my thought was: Since you claimed you had enough PROOF that your accusations against President Trump are TRUE why do you need MORE proof?
    ......BECAUSE...PROOF IS PROOF.....

  • Brigittte Howells

    01/22/2020 07:40 PM

    Who needs enemies such as Russia, NoKo, or China, when we have the worst ones right here in Washington, D.C.: Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi, and their gangs. These are the nastiest, most miserable, despicable people. They are trying to destroy our country and they care about nobody.

  • Mike Horst

    01/22/2020 07:09 PM

    Thank you Mike for providing such great insight and with some humor at the same time.

  • Jack macdonald

    01/22/2020 06:55 PM

    How is what the Dems are doing not Sedition. Everyone should read the definition and it precisely describes what these bastards are doing. They are doing it in plain sight and not a whimper from our FBI or DOJ.

  • Barbara Wells

    01/22/2020 06:39 PM

    At least the Brits paid for the squirrel study--not the US taxpayers this time. (Don't even get me started about the Social Security radio ad "Produced at US taxpayer expense.")

  • Barbara Lee

    01/22/2020 05:30 PM

    Isn’t this a trial? Aren’t there laws that say you cannot lie under oath? (There goes Nadler and Schiffty) don’t you have to have a crime to pursue a trial? And when did supposition, second hand or further witnesses, and guess work/mind reading become legal testimony. Sick of this.

  • Cliff Newman

    01/22/2020 05:30 PM

    Our so called leaders who act more like rulers yelling at each other and these left thinking fools pretending not to be globalists complain about our gun violence? Let's just vote them all a free ride to Pluto for about a hundred years or so. Every time I see a picture of these wannabe Democrat rulers I'm reminded of the muppet's.

  • Jose Manzano

    01/22/2020 05:23 PM

    As Plato wrote in The Republic, "Politic is the art to improve the people". President Trump is doing exactly that. Anything else is only a comedy, not worth of a comment.

  • Jon Jester

    01/22/2020 05:22 PM

    Please correct me if I am wrong - In US courts all witnesses at a trial have been previously deposed - no "new" witnesses? Both sides have equal opportunity to call witnesses and question both their and the opposition witnesses in these depositions. The witnesses are then held to their deposition testimony in the trial. This is all in the interest of "fairness".

    In this case the House's responsibility would be to create the case and depose the witnesses.

    If I am correct, the process in the House completely trampled the accused rights per the norms of the US justice system.

  • Rhonda Killough

    01/22/2020 05:11 PM

    After another day of bull-schiff, I loved the story about squirrels- my favorite rodent!!

  • Sunny Lalone

    01/22/2020 04:54 PM

    It burns me up to think of this clown act going on at the voters expense, the same voters that voted President Trump in. The fact that these babies can't move on makes me wonder why can't we fire the lot of them and start over? The Democratic party has done nothing but divide the country. From what I see we are headed back to the same tyranny we were delivered from.

    What really tears it is people are believing the rubbish the foolish party is saying about President Trump with blind faith. In the meantime; there are serious issues at hand that need to be dealt with.

  • Dee Hay

    01/22/2020 04:42 PM

    Governor, the truth, from either side in Washington, is as illusive as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Either side should be wary of bringing in witnesses since both sides have so much sin in their closets that if a tell-all witness episode broke out in any investigation up there, half of the politicians would end up in jail. They, and particularly the leaders on both sides, are not about to let that happen, so we will never really know the truth about anything that happens in Washington. May the Good Lord wake up the electorate out here and vote them all out because that is the only way we are going to get that mess up there cleaned up.

  • Harold Levi

    01/22/2020 04:25 PM

    It is a shame that one of Trump's attorneys did not cold-cock Nads. I am sorry, I try to be Christian, but the Marxist-Democrats make it difficult.

  • Amelia Little

    01/22/2020 03:40 PM

    When reading blurbs in "headlines" (and the stupid google--NEWS ALERT! --that disrupts my being able to enjoy using my computer) one would get the idea that Justice Roberts only "yelled" at nadler. And, this from supposedly conservative sites that are supposedly more honest than msm. First of all, yelling doesn't really describe his way laid back admonishment. And, they forget to note that the admonishment was toward the impeachment managers and the defense lawyers as a whole.

    I suppose the squirrel study used up a couple million of my tax payers dollars for "research?" Since there was no reference to how this would be applied to humans, I'm assuming (lol) they are going to try to convince all sorts of wild life that they would fare better in this world if they would declare a dominant hand? I'm sure they'd be so glad to be granted a few more million of my tax dollars to attempt this!!!

  • Burton Pauly

    01/22/2020 03:14 PM

    The democRATS of our congress are the most Un- American passel of idiots in our Republic. I'm proud of the work our Potus has done while for the past years and months the democRATS have just dragged their feet, and only sought to hurt our President in any way they could. Sic-em D J T.

  • Linda Lierman

    01/22/2020 03:04 PM

    I just heard Schiff say that only Americans should vote in our elections. Why, then, do Democrats want to allow illegal immigrants to vote. And why don't they make sure to check the ID's of everyone who votes and make sure they are eligible Americans.
    Everything Schiff is saying about Trump is something he and his party is guilty of. He should be ashamed.

  • Tom Edwards

    01/22/2020 02:43 PM

    How do you restrain your Anger and Hold your Decorum? When it is all bunch of Democrat lies! I can't understand the Senate even taking this on. The Worthless House has wasted enough time and money! Do we have any Humans left in Washinton D.C.? We used to have State Nut Houses. Now they are in Washington D.C.!

  • Bob Waas

    01/22/2020 02:34 PM

    The hypocrisy of the left is astounding. How can anyone with even a half a brain not see what the Democrats have been doing since the president announced his candidacy.

    The definition of due process under the House rules have taken on an entirely different meaning than Webster wrote. The Democrats want the truth only when it will exonerate a liberal, or will convict a conservative. Actually, they don't even need the truth to convict a conservative.

    The fact that the Democrats have been defending Joe Biden's pure example of Quid Pro Quo is very troubling.

    I pray the Lord has mercy on us.