The Senate’s second impeachment trial for Donald Trump is figured to be a circus.
But no one knew how bad things would get.
And then Donald Trump was given one impeachment demand that no one could have expected.
Democrats had threatened to call witnesses in the second impeachment trial.
But the Democrat impeachment managers dropped a bombshell in a letter requesting that Donald Trump testify under oath at some point in the impeachment trial.
“We would propose that you provide your testimony (of course including cross-examination) as early as Monday, February 8, 2021, and not later than Thursday, February 11, 2021. We would be pleased to arrange such testimony at a mutually convenient time and place,” Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin wrote.
Raskin added that if Donald Trump did not testify, Democrats would assume that meant Trump was guilty of everything they charged him of doing or not doing on the day of January 6.
“If you decline this invitation, we reserve any and all rights, including the right to establish at trial that your refusal to testify supports a strong adverse inference regarding your actions (and inaction)” on January 6, Raskin added.
Donald Trump testifying would be a made for TV spectacle that would be impossible to turn away from.
But while impeachment is a political process, a hallmark of the American system is the presumption of innocence.
That also means no one is compelled to testify in their own trial.
For the Democrats to announce that Trump not testifying means Democrats will assume Trump is guilty as charged will just confirm in the minds of many Americans that this impeachment is just another partisan witch hunt.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.