Wow, Zed's panic is palpable.
#13 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER
Yes. I am panicking too. Super scared. Terrified. This is going to hurt the Dems sooo badly.
That briar patch looks so uncomfortable. And prickly. Please, please, PLEASE don't throw me in.
Soooo, RoC... when should we expect the full Senate vote authorizing this investigation? I mean, the House had a full vote authorizing an investigation into Trump. It seems only FAIR (and complying with "due process") to require the SAME THING for a house of Congress to investigate a presidential candidate.
And, it has been pretty clearly established that until that happens, subpoenas do not have to be complied with. And even then... if no Democrats join in on the vote then it is clearly an "illegitimate investigation" so subpoenas STILL don't have to be complied with. Right?
Now... the Senate does not have the power to just investigate people. It has to be for a "legitimate legislative purpose". So, what again would be that purpose?
Oh yeah... the kids of high ranking officials using their parent's position for personal gain, as well as potential corruption associated with that. And then creating legislation to prevent that. I can think of no OTHER valid "legislative purpose" to this investigation. Can you?
Well, if that is the case... Here is a subpoena for Ivanka. Here is a subpoena for Eric. Here is a subpoena for Trump Jr.
Do you think that the minority party won't have the power to subpoena witnesses? Dems gave that power to Republicans for impeachment. You think Dems won't scream and whine about "due process" and "ability to defend yourself"? They have a perfect example to follow with the Repubs. And, they have TONS of statements from Repubs saying how ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY it is.
But, in the end, while it will be fun to see all the legal wrangling and appeals to hypocrisy, I don't think it matters which way it runs. Either Joe Biden did something wrong (almost no chance at this point because Republicans have been picking that situation over with a fine-toothed comb for months and still no evidence of wrongdoing has surfaced). In that case Dems will vote for Warren as their nominee and move on (and show themselves to be morally superior to Republicans - vis a vis Trump).
Or, no evidence of wrongdoing will come out and it will be seen as a political attack by Republicans against a presidential candidate. The conventional wisdom is that unless there is a strong case of wrongdoing against a President for impeachment, the impeachment will rebound politically on the ones pushing it. The GOP is basically trying to open an "impeachment investigation" into Joe Biden when he is a presidential candidate. Now, maybe it won't carry over like I expect, but I think it is VERY LIKELY the general public will see this for what it is and punish the GOP Senators for it if they actually follow through (witnesses, subpoenas, public hearings).
But, they have to "follow through" for there to be any potential of significant damage to "the Bidens or John Kerry".
* opens another bag of popcorn *
Bring ... it ... on ...