At a press conference with reporters Friday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued President Trump cannot be acquitted because he hasn't "had a fair trial." Why? Because it's unlikely new witnesses Democrats in the House refused to compel for testimony will be subpoenaed.
SEE IT: Pelosi insists Trump acquittal won’t count without witnesses. pic.twitter.com/zJ1EMPKqwm— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 31, 2020
What Pelosi is saying is, of course untrue. If 51 Senators vote to acquit President Trump, he will in fact have been acquitted. In addition and as she learned when she held the articles of impeachment for 33 days, she has no control over the Senate trial or process.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is blasting Democrats for claiming new witnesses are being "blocked."
Of all the insane things being said about this impeachment debacle - and there is a lot to choose from - one of the most ridiculous is to say Senate Republicans are “Blocking Witnesses.”— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 30, 2020
This is an outrageous claim.
FACT:— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 30, 2020
It was the House of Representatives who refused to pursue the testimony of the witnesses because they wanted to impeach the President before Christmas.
Only in Washington would someone call that decision “Blocking Witnesses.”
In most of America it’s called: #YourOwnFault.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 30, 2020
Sen. Lindsey Graham: "The President will be acquitted in a bipartisan manner." pic.twitter.com/ngO62nBVGY— The Hill (@thehill) January 30, 2020
Earlier this week, White House attorney Patrick Philbin explained why it is crucial for the Senate to reject a sloppy investigation from the House and deny new witnesses in order to maintain the integrity of the upper chamber.