In an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo on Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that Democrats had impeached President Trump on the flimsiest of pretenses, doing irreparable harm to our country and our Constitution.
“I do think what we have seen coming out of the House is an abuse of the Constitution,” Cruz said. “And the reason is that they’re using this for political purposes. This is the first time in history any president is alleged – has been impeached without the articles alleging any criminal conduct at all, without alleging any federal crime was violated.
“They don’t allege any federal law was violated,” he reiterated. “They don’t even allege as much as that the president has a speeding ticket, and that has never happened in our country’s history. And to use impeachment like the House Democrats are doing, to express their political disagreement with the president, to try to overturn an election they’re unhappy with, that is an abuse of the Constitution.”
Bartiromo asked Cruz about an idea he proposed last week, which was to give Democrats what they wanted – the ability to call additional witnesses such as John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney. Cruz suggested to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans that it might be beneficial to offer Democrats a deal: Fine, you call your witnesses, and for every one that you call, we’ll call one of our own.
“What I have said and what I have urged the conference is, is, listen, if we go down the road of witnesses, we’re not going to do what the House did. We’re not going to have a one-sided kangaroo court. Instead, we’re going to respect reciprocity,” he said. “What does that mean? That means, if the prosecution gets a witness, the defense gets a witness. If the prosecution gets two, the defense gets two. That means, if the prosecution gets to call John Bolton, then the president gets to call Hunter Biden.”
Cruz said he wasn’t surprised to get pushback on that plan from Democrats.
“The Democrats are terrified about seeing a witness like Hunter Biden testify, because they don’t want to hear evidence of actual corruption, of corruption, potentially, of Joe Biden, corruption that occurred during the Obama administration. They blocked all those witnesses in the House,” he noted. “They’re not going to succeed in blocking them in the Senate. If they want to go down the road of witnesses, that means the president enjoys the rights to due process, which means he can call witnesses and lay out his defense.”
The problem is, of course, that at least part of the WHOLE REASON for this ludicrous impeachment was so Pelosi and her goons could protect the Bidens from this kind of scrutiny. They realized how close they were to having a major scandal break out over their top prospect to win back the presidency, and so they concocted a fake scheme to turn the spotlight back on Trump and away from Biden. It’s worked wonderfully, if only because they had the unquestioning loyalty of every mainstream media organization in the country helping them write the story.
Can McConnell help Trump put the spotlight back where it belongs? We’ll see, but we’re not exactly holding our breath.