Several Senate Democrats are still currently running for president in the 2020 election.
Current rules state that if the U.S. Senate takes on impeachment against the president, all senators are required to be present for the trial.
But the five Senate Democrats currently running for president — Cory Booker of New Jersey, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — will be faced with a ultimatum if an impeachment trail begins in the upper chamber: show up or face arrest.
Last Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that Democrats are going to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump before the year ends.
Assuming the Democrat-controlled House does vote to impeach Trump, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate trial would likely begin in January.
The timing, however, will be disastrous for several Senate Democrats who will have to come off the campaign trail to sit for weeks just before voting begins.
While speaking to the New York Post, former Senate parliamentarian Alan Frumin said these 5 Democrats have two options.
(1): They can skip the 6-days a week Senate impeachment trial, which could take months, and remain on the campaign trial. Should any of them do this, the Senate could order the Sergeant at Arms to arrest them.
(2): If they comply with Senate rules and remain in D.C. for the entire impeach trial to finish, they will not be allowed to hit the campaign trail.
That means Senate Republicans can use the “Trump Card” — Democrats will have to miss campaigning for several weeks or face arrest.
Frumin says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the power to order their arrests if any Senate Democrats do not comply with the rules of being present for the trial.
“The senate collectively has the power to compel the attendance of absent senators and the Senate collectively acts by its majority and Mitch McConnell is the majority leader. So he has the ability,” Frumin said.
“If push comes to shove, compelling means arresting,” Frumin said, adding that McConnell could send the Sergeant at Arms to arrest truant senators if need be.
It’s quite ironic that House Democrats have put their own 2020 hopefuls in such a difficult position.
The Iowa caucuses are Feb. 3, with the New Hampshire primary coming just eight days later.
Warren and Sanders — the two many believe are the clear favorites to secure the Democratic nomination — have invested millions of dollars and need these states to give them the early advantage.
That means that former Vice President Joe Biden, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who are not in the U.S. Senate — will benefit the most from this.
It’s also important to note that if the House votes to impeach the president, it’s going to fail miserably in the Senate.
Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the Senate.
To remove Trump from office, the U.S. Constitution states that two thirds — 67 Senators — would need to vote in favor of removing the president.
That means all 47 Democrats and 20 Republicans would need to vote in favor of it.
It’s pretty much guaranteed that almost all 53 Senate Republicans will vote against impeachment — which would show conservatives are united around Trump and against this farce.
This is nothing more than a witch hunt that will lead nowhere — and Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows that.
This is all for show — and she accidentally admitted that on live television.