Second Senate impeachment trial could be just “a lot of theater”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll weighs in on News Talk 103.7FM’s Big Talk – Weekdays at 7:11am.

February 9 – This afternoon will begin the second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump on charges of incitement to insurrection over the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “this impeachment goes nowhere in the sense that there’s not going to be a conviction. We know there’s going to be around 52 to maybe 55 votes to convict the former president, but there going to be nowhere close to the 67 that they need. This is a lot of theater in many ways.”

First News host Pat Ryan added, “Nobody loves this country more than Donald Trump. That president represents many people who love this country.”

The trial will begin “in earnest” this afternoon and will likely to until the end of the week, although there’s been talk of it continuing through the weekend.

Ryan noted that they’re taking it into Friday, Saturday and Sunday because “that’s when the weekend shows are going. They’re going to maximize the photo ops, the interviews and all the rest of the stuff that the mainstream media will lose their mind on.”

Barkdoll believes there’s still a chance of two things before the trial: a vote on the constitutionality of the trial or cancel the entire process and call for a censure vote.

Even Democrats are saying “we’re spending a lot of precious time in the Senate when there’s all these other agenda items to address and we know what the outcome is going to be,” Barkdoll said. “Is this really worth it? Keep an eye on those couple of possibilities today. If those two things fail, it will proceed. It will dominate the news coverage.”

Barkdoll predicts that when the impeachment doesn’t happen, we will see the reemergence of Donald Trump.

“He’s been very quiet. He’ll come out when this is over, talk that he’s been vindicated again, and is that when he makes the announcement of his new third party, his media company, whatever it is he may be planning to do,” Barkdoll said.

Pat Ryan, for one, can’t wait. “Over half of the country can’t wait for the reality check. You’re not going to get it out of anybody on the left.”

Michele Jansen asked about Senator Pat Leahy presiding over the trial.

“He’s a Democrat, he’s already expressed his bias for the outcome of this case,” Jansen noted. “Aren’t you supposed to have an objective person overseeing this?”

Barkdoll explained that the US constitution says the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will sit and hear impeachment trials, but John Roberts is taking a “narrow path out” by saying since it doesn’t involve a sitting president, he can’t hear it, constitutionally.

Another judge could have been chosen from the DC circuit, but Leahy is the “most senior Democrat in the Senate in terms of service.”

Barkdoll continued, “It is arguably a conflict of interest. He’s allowed now to rule on evidentiary objections during the trial. He will act just like a judge and will either sustain or overrule the objections. He’s already said going into this where he is. That presents a tricky, puzzling scenario.”

Ryan called it “…embarrassing.” Jansen added, “It flies in the face of what we consider just.”

Discussion turned to a fitting quote from George Orwell’s book 1984: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a face forever.”

Jansen continued with additional analysis with another quote: “Obrien says the party must have resistance in order to exist. There will always be traitors. Even if people stop rebelling against the party, the Party will manufacture new traitors so that it can be seen crushing them. This act of crushing opposition is part of how the Party defines itself and maintains its power.”

Barkdoll agreed that a lot of aspects of that book are turning out to be true.

Ryan added, “When you don’t have ideas and all you have to do is point the finger…that’s where we’re ending up here.”