If you needed any further proof that Democrats aren’t actually serious about this impeachment push, I present to you this latest example of just how far down the rabbit hole of ridiculousness they are willing to go.
If you’ll recall, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani named Lev Parnas made the media rounds a few weeks ago, first appearing on Rachel Maddow’s show and then CNN (see Lev Parnas Went On Maddow and Made All Kinds of Accusations About Trump, Here Are the Highlights).
This was supposedly a “bombshell,” as Parnas made numerous allegations about President Trump in a desperate ploy to garner a cooperation deal from the DOJ (he’s currently indicted on unrelated issues). Such a deal has thus far not been forthcoming and the SDNY, which has been no friend to Trump, won’t even waste their time with him (see Former Giuliani Associate Lev Parnas Cries that Prosecutors Won’t Even Talk to Him About a Cooperation Deal).
That didn’t stop Chuck Schumer from thinking he was being really clever by having Lev Parnas appear at the impeachment trial as his guest. I guess this was supposed to be a Juanita Broadrick showing up to the Trump-Hillary debate moment or something? I didn’t say it had to make sense.
Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, sits in Schumer's office ahead of impeachment trial.
— Roll Call (@rollcall) January 29, 2020
But then something hilarious happened. I’ll let Ted Cruz describe the scene.
The dude was literally kicked out of the proceedings because had a monitoring bracelet on due to his being an indicted criminal. You can’t make this stuff up. Chuck Schumer tried to downplay his role, claiming that he got Parnas the tickets like he would any other New Yorker that called. That’s a laughable contention. This was staged to try to embarrass the defense during their presentation time and it blew up in Schumer’s face.
2020 is shaping up to be the most ludicrous year in politics yet, and we are only a month in.
Parnas technically was not ejected from the proceedings, rather he was barred from entry altogether.
Turns out, what I was told in the Cloakroom was slightly inaccurate. Instead of his being “ejected” from the gallery, Parnas was told he wouldn’t be allowed into the gallery w/ his ankle bracelet, and so he didn’t actually try to go in.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 30, 2020