Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Washington. Two recent Boeing 737 MAX crashes, in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which killed nearly 350 people, have lead to the temporary grounding of models of the aircraft and to increased scrutiny of the FAA’s delegation of a number of aspects of the certification process to the aircraft manufacturers themselves. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz looks like a gunslinger ready to roll at high noon and to quote every other modern article’s headline, we’re here for it.
With the “sad” and “somber” house gleefully delivering the articles of impeachment to the Senate, it’s now the job of the Republican lead committee there to get down to the bottom of the charges. As Cruz tells us in his video, there aren’t any, and this is going to be an open and shut case.
“The partisan circus that we’ve seen in the house is over,” said Cruz.
Cruz said that once this begins that we’re going to have a fair trial and due process will be respected “unlike the house.”
Cruz reassures America that there were no “high crimes and misdemeanors” to impeach Trump over and “don’t allege any criminal conduct whatsoever.”
“At the end of this process, after a fair trial, the president will be acquitted, and we will end this constitutional circus — this political farce — that began in the House.”
“This is the beginning of the end of the abuse of the constitution,” finished Cruz.
TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: This is the beginning of the end of the abuse of the Constitution. The Senate will provide a fair trial for @realDonaldTrump. #impeachment #ArticlesOfImpeachment #ImpeachmentTrial #senate #SenateImpeachmentTrial pic.twitter.com/Rp82D2igmN
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 16, 2020
He’s right. As my colleague Thomas LaDuke wrote earlier, Constitutional Law Professor Jonathan Turley made it clear that the house destroyed its own case for impeachment, and that Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell was the true master strategist all along.
“The delay now seems largely driven by a desire to preserve the image of Pelosi as a master strategist despite a blunder of the first order,” Turley wrote in a column titled, “Pelosi’s Blunder: How the House Destroyed its Own Case for Impeachment.”
His comments came as Pelosi prepared to transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate, roughly a month after the House approved them. She initially withheld them in an apparent attempt to draw concessions from McConnell. On Wednesday she announced the seven lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers to prosecute the case against the president at his Senate trial.
“There was no reason why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would make concessions to get an impeachment that he loathed,” Turley wrote.
Indeed, Pelosi’s impeachment circus was more fashion than function with shiny golden pens to boot. However, the impeachment has been without substance since the get-go, and now that the Senate is in control, we’re about to see how hollow it really is.