As one might have expected, Donald Trump is annoyed that he may not get the quick impeachment trial and acquittal in the US senate that he seeks.
The Senate adjourned until January with the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer unable to agree on trial procedure. Pelosi has said she wants to know how the trial will be handled before she sends two House-passed articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.
Trump, who was due to arrive at his private Palm Beach resort late Friday, has been looking forward to a trial in the friendlier Republican-controlled Senate and is riled up about the delay, according to Senator Lindsey Graham.
“He’s mad as hell that they would do this to him and now deny him his day in court,” Graham told Fox News Channel after meeting with Trump at the White House on Thursday night.
When people say they want their day in court, they usually mean that they want a complete airing of all the evidence and arguments because they feel the verdict will be in their favor if the full story were known. Trump could have ‘his day in court’ if he agrees to witnesses and allows his aides to testify and releases relevant documents. But he has blocked everything, showing that he manifestly does not want an actual trial. What he and McConnell and the toady Graham want is to go through a quick charade that acquits him and then proclaim it as the greatest trial ever that resulted in the greatest acquittal ever that proves that Trump is the most innocent and perfect man ever.
Today even more evidence emerges from the Center for Public Integrity about Trump’s abuse of power involving aid to Ukraine as alleged in the impeachment charges and that senior government officials in the Office of Management and Budget worried that they were being asked to violate the law.
But there was also a separate, less-noticed facet of the internal administration uproar set off by Trump’s July 12 order stopping the flow of $391 million in weapons and security assistance to Ukraine. Some senior administration officials worried that by defying a law ordering that the funds be spent within a defined period, Trump was asking the officials involved to take an action that was not merely unwise but flatly illegal
An unnamed lawyer at OMB, not wanting to participate in what appeared to be an illegal funding policy, decided to quit, as did another OMB official, according to congressional testimony by Mark Sandy, the office’s deputy associate director for national security and a 12-year veteran at the agency. OMB spokespeople have disputed the account, saying the resignations were not over the policy.
That Trump and his acolytes are mad as hell is a good reason to keep stringing them along as long as possible, perhaps even until he is voted out of office. Being a president who was impeached and not acquitted would be a fitting result because it would drive him crazy.