The Senate impeachment trial into President Donald Trump has entered a new phase. Both House Democratic managers and Trump’s legal team have given opening remarks and statements.
Now, a looming vote to consider allowing new witnesses and evidence in the trial is expected to be held as early as Friday.
The result of that vote may be the most consequential factor remaining in the trial — and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz just through a wrench in things.
A few weeks ago, Cruz seemed to suggest he would support witnesses in the impeachment trial because it would allow Republicans to call people like Rep. Adam Schiff, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and the whistleblower.
Democrats were thrilled that Cruz was open to witnesses — which is what they want.
Now, Cruz has flipped and says “additional witnesses are not necessary” in Trump’s trial.
But Cruz is telling Democrats to be careful what they ask for, warning that Republicans will put Hunter Biden and other top Democrats and grill them for days.
“We have heard just the beginning of the serious evidence of corruption involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, a million dollars a year,” Cruz said.
There is no telling yet whether the Senate will call upon additional witnesses, but Cruz and other Republicans who want to know more about the Biden-Burisma ties will be ready.
Cruz noted that Trump’s opposition “haven’t come remotely close to meeting their burden of proof.”
Trump and Republicans have alluded to potential corruption stemming from Joe Biden’s urging to fire a prosecutor looking into a Ukrainian energy company where his son Hunter was on the board — allegations that the former vice president has denied.
“In the entire proceeding, we have heard just the beginning of the serious evidence of corruption involving Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company that paid Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son, a million dollars a year,” Cruz said.
Cruz accused Joe Biden of “bragging” that he would cut off a billion dollars of foreign aid to Ukraine unless the prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, was fired.
Biden and former Obama administration officials have defended Shokin’s removal from office, alleging that he was a corrupt prosecutor who needed to be nixed.
Cruz added that he believes the “president was entirely justified in asking for an investigation concerning Ukraine and potentially Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.”
Democrats impeachment case and evidence — or lack thereof — is so weak that four Democratic senators are reportedly leaning towards voting to acquit Trump.
- Joe Manchin of West Virginia
- Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona
- Doug Jones of Alabama
- Diane Feinstein of California
Democrats have accused Trump of just about everything imaginable, but their case is so weak that several Senate Democrats are apparently considering voting to exonerate the president.
All 53 Senate Republicans will vote to acquit the president — that’s obvious to everyone.
But if even one Democrat were to jump ship and vote against convicting Trump, that would be catastrophic for liberals.