Clinton Advisor Turns On Dems, Demands Senate Stop Wasting Time And ‘End’ Impeachment
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Democrats have already made the Senate impeachment trial into President Donald Trump so dreadful that even liberals have had enough.
Long-time pollster and former Clinton adviser Mark Penn made that more than clear in a scathing op-ed for The Hill, where he demanded the Senate "stop wasting time" and "end" the impeachment charade.
Penn said he wants the “divisive” impeachment of Trump to end, as it’s going “nowhere” and does absolutely nothing to address the critical issues facing the nation.
“We are facing an impeachment shutdown — the road-blocking of all our government’s institutions for an impeachment that is going nowhere. It will inflame passions, divide our country further and accomplish nothing of any significance,” Penn wrote.
Without naming any names, Penn chided the numerous individuals who have set out to make a name for themselves during the trial.
“The cast is now complete with shady characters, wronged bureaucrats and impeachment prosecutors preening for their close-ups on national TV,” he said, adding later that Congress needs “to end this quickly, get back to the business of the country, and then have an election.”
Penn recounted his time helping former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial, which he says was similar to Trump’s impeachment, in that they both are aimless and partisan.
“I helped to defend President Clinton when the country wasted time then on another impeachment that went nowhere. The president certainly was not innocent of all of the accusations, and he lost his law license and paid significant fines for his actions, but impeachment was rejected and his hold on the presidency affirmed,” he said.
He continued: “Like them or not, presidents uniquely represent the elected will of the people. As such, their removal is not just about the removal of a person but the overturning of that elected will. For that reason, there are few offenses that will be so grievous as to cause the party in power to give up their party’s leader and convict a president; most charges, even if true, won’t reach that high bar for removal. Clearly, the accusations in 1998 and 1999 did not meet that threshold, and neither do the charges today.”
Republicans control a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber. To impeach and remove him from office, Democrats need 67 total votes.
That means all 47 Democrats and 20 Republicans would need to vote in favor of convicting Trump and having him removed from office.
That is never going to happen.
So Penn's point is simple: wrap this up and move on so Congress can actually tackle major issues facing the country.