Warren Among Five Who Should Skip Impeachment Trial [OPINION]
Whether there will ever be an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate for President Donald Trump remains a mystery at this point, but if there is to be a trial, there are five Senators who should recuse themselves from serving on the jury.
All five are Democrat candidates for president, a job currently held by the guy whose fate they would help to determine.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Michael Bennet, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, candidates all for the presidency, could not possibly be seen as fair and impartial jurors and should recuse themselves from the process. Knowing that there is not a snowball's chance in hell of removing Trump from office with a Republican majority in the Senate, they might wish to remain on the campaign trail anyway rather than waste their time on such foolishness.
All of this might be a moot point anyway as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) says he will introduce a motion on Monday to dismiss the articles of impeachment against Trump for "lack of prosecution." In a series of tweets, Hawley says by not forwarding the charges against Trump to the Senate, the Democrats are denying Trump his right to a trial.
"In (the) real world, if (the) prosecution doesn’t proceed with (the) case, it gets dismissed. So on Monday, I will introduce (a) measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution," Hawley tweeted.
If Hawley is unsuccessful in securing the dismissal of the charges and there is a trial, then Senators Waren, Sanders, Booker, Klobuchar and Bennet should have the good sense to remove themselves from the jury. If not, the U.S. Supreme Court should be asked to determine the appropriateness of their serving as jurors.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.