On Episode 125 of War Room: Impeachment Stephen K. Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and Jason Miller were joined by former White House Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley to discuss how McConnell is running the trial.
“You’ve actually got a very interesting take on this,” Bannon said to McGinley. “You are actually arguing that what Mitch McConnell has structured here is what we’ve been arguing: you’ve got to turn the guns on the House Democrats, on what they did in their rush for the clear and present danger to actually deliver a farce.”
“That’s right,” McGinley confirmed. “What we’ve talked about since the beginning of the House impeachment proceedings is that if you have a fair trial, if you have a fair hearing the President wins.”
“So what Mitch McConnell has done,” the former Secretary explained, “is he has actually struck the balance… The House Democrats said throughout their impeachment proceedings that the President is a clear and present danger, this needs to be taken up immediately and resolved very quickly. So you condense the opening arguments to two twelve hour periods for each side. Nobody needs twenty-four hours to lay out their arguments here. I don’t anticipate that anybody’s going to use the full twenty-four hours.”
Later in the show, McGinley elaborated: “In article two, the one about obstruction of Congress… You cannot have an article of impeachment about people not testifying is there’s a valid claim of executive privilege. There is no obstruction if you’re asking for information you are not entitled to.”
“At every step of the way where the House Democrats could have pressed their case in the federal court they backed off. Why? Because they said ‘Donald John Trump was such a clear and present danger to this democracy, we have to hurry up and get to the trial so we can try to get him out to preserve the integrity of our elections.’ Now those words are coming back to haunt them.”
“Mitch McConnell has struck a compromise that every American should get behind,” McGinley asserted.
“Number one, he preserves the basic framework of the Clinton trial: opening remarks, questions by Senators, then you’ll decide whether to admit new documents and witnesses through a gatekeeper motion to decide whether even to consider specific motions. Number two, it appears he took Nancy Pelosi’s words to heart: this needs to be done quickly. So why do you need four days to make your arguments? Do it in two. Let’s get to the merits of this.”