The United States Constitution requires two things for impeachment. First, the House must vote to impeach, which seems likely, and second, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court must preside over the trial in the Senate.
The second requirement is where Democrats are now hitting a snag, as Chief Justice John Roberts has privately conveyed to both Nacy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell that he won’t be attending:
“There’s no way in hell I’m going to preside over something so wasteful and silly. The Democrats have a bunch of evidence, sure, but they have nowhere near enough votes to convict.
“Add to that that the Republicans plan to work with the White House to undermine the entire process and what we have is a complete and total waste of time.
“This is a sham. It’s a waste of taxpayer dollars and I won’t be a part of it.”
The Constitution doesn’t make room for a replacement, so the Democrats are already moving to write new legislation that would allow for Ruth Bader-Ginsberg to take his place should Roberts actually step down.
Ginsberg says she would happily take the job and looks forward to holding anyone refusing to testify in contempt, including the President.
It’s clear that the whole thing is a partisan circus and that there’s no way there will ever be a fair trial, but the Democrats keep insisting it’s their “constitutional duty” to try.
According to their logic, some abuse of power, which is something all Presidents do, and a little bit of obstruction are good reasons to remove the guy who has done more for America than anyone since Columbus.
God Bless America. Let’s hope this whole thing just goes away.