Not a week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally released the impeachment articles to the Senate, her cronies in the Democratic caucus are already threatening to re-open the impeachment inquiry that started this whole mess in the first place. Apparently only now realizing they did a, shall we say, not-so-thorough job of making the case against President Donald Trump, House Democrats are now telling the media that if the Senate doesn’t capitulate to their demands, they’ll call witnesses like Lev Parnas to testify in the lower chamber of Congress.
Even if McConnell has his way and prevents new witnesses from appearing, they may find a stage in the House, where a number of Democrats are already advocating for their testimony if they’re silenced by the Senate.
“We would be remiss in the House of Representatives not to follow this trail to its conclusion. And Parnas has emerged as an important figure in this criminal conspiracy to force or coerce a foreign government to help Trump’s reelection campaign,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which drafted the impeachment articles late last year.
With Democrats hoping to maximize the pressure on Senate Republicans through the trial phase, Judiciary members have not discussed that strategy in any depth, Johnson emphasized. But it’s likely to gain favor with committee leaders, he said, if Senate Republicans deny new and willing witnesses a voice.
“They have their eye on it,” Johnson said.
Other Democrats, like House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) have also expressed support for this tactic. Despite the fact that the impeachment trial is already underway in the Senate (and the slightly inconvenient fact that Parnas is an indicted criminal trying desperately to play hero in exchange for a lighter sentence), Democrats want to take another bite at the apple. Apparently the dwindling poll support for Trump’s impeachment that accompanied their last round of witnesses was not enough to convince them of the error of their ways.
It’s hard to understand how this idea benefits anyone. Are the Democrats really that bereft of ideas that they are left with nothing better to do but play this broken record again? The first record hasn’t even reached its conclusion yet, and they’re already planning a replay. Please, Nancy, the music was bad enough the first time!