Why the Dems might want Trump to subpoena Joe and Hunter Biden

House manager Sylvia Garcia gave a extremely organized and effective presentation on the 2nd day of the Senate trial, when she unexpectedly confronted head-on the arguments the president's counsel is sure to make regarding Burisma, corruption, and Joe and Hunter Biden.  In so doing, the Democrats curiously left the door wide open for Republicans to have a basis to call the Bidens as relevant witnesses (and, frankly, anyone who had anything to do with Burisma and Ukraine — that list could be exhaustive).

If we know anything, it's that the Dems are not stupid.  There is unquestionably an ulterior motive to dang near everything they do, and this case is not at all different.  So why would they do this? 

If the president's counsel takes the bait and wants to subpoena the Bidens, it will fully drive the debate on witnesses right to where the Dems want it to end: if the President gets witnesses, so will the Democrats.  This will undoubtedly also require document productions.  All of those motions that got tabled the first day will not have been for nothing.  Obviously, if the president's team ignores this, makes effective arguments without it, and has the support of all of the Republican senators, then they can move to acquit without having to deal with the entire witness imbroglio.

While the chance to vindicate oneself is tempting, and that would include calling the Bidens, among others, as witnesses, it still runs the risk of turning this proceeding into an event of unknown duration with countless witnesses and documents, where anything can happen.  This would give the Dems the opportunity and likely more ammo to trash the president in the run-up to the election.  It's not a foregone conclusion that only the Dems benefit from this, but while more time, evidence, and testimony could favor the president, there is an equal chance it could hurt him.  Actually, since the president is innocent until proven guilty, there is more of an upside for the Dems in all of this than there is for the Republicans.

This also gives the Dems the possibility of subpoenaing Rudi Giuliani — and they've mentioned him enough times the last few days that they must see an advantage to this.  We all love America's Mayor, and he is one of the most highly respected attorneys in New York City.  But in his recent appearances, he has been hard to follow and at times inconsistent.  There have been a few occasions where he seemed to foam at the mouth.  He gets easily agitated.  It appears he is up to his eyeballs in all things Ukraine, Yovanovitch, and Parnas.  Having Rudi as a witness could be just what the Dems are looking for.

In any case, know two things: this was not a misstep by the Schiffheads, and it wasn't done without a purpose they are reasonably certain is to their benefit.

Image: Marc Nozell via Flickr.

House manager Sylvia Garcia gave a extremely organized and effective presentation on the 2nd day of the Senate trial, when she unexpectedly confronted head-on the arguments the president's counsel is sure to make regarding Burisma, corruption, and Joe and Hunter Biden.  In so doing, the Democrats curiously left the door wide open for Republicans to have a basis to call the Bidens as relevant witnesses (and, frankly, anyone who had anything to do with Burisma and Ukraine — that list could be exhaustive).

If we know anything, it's that the Dems are not stupid.  There is unquestionably an ulterior motive to dang near everything they do, and this case is not at all different.  So why would they do this? 

If the president's counsel takes the bait and wants to subpoena the Bidens, it will fully drive the debate on witnesses right to where the Dems want it to end: if the President gets witnesses, so will the Democrats.  This will undoubtedly also require document productions.  All of those motions that got tabled the first day will not have been for nothing.  Obviously, if the president's team ignores this, makes effective arguments without it, and has the support of all of the Republican senators, then they can move to acquit without having to deal with the entire witness imbroglio.

While the chance to vindicate oneself is tempting, and that would include calling the Bidens, among others, as witnesses, it still runs the risk of turning this proceeding into an event of unknown duration with countless witnesses and documents, where anything can happen.  This would give the Dems the opportunity and likely more ammo to trash the president in the run-up to the election.  It's not a foregone conclusion that only the Dems benefit from this, but while more time, evidence, and testimony could favor the president, there is an equal chance it could hurt him.  Actually, since the president is innocent until proven guilty, there is more of an upside for the Dems in all of this than there is for the Republicans.

This also gives the Dems the possibility of subpoenaing Rudi Giuliani — and they've mentioned him enough times the last few days that they must see an advantage to this.  We all love America's Mayor, and he is one of the most highly respected attorneys in New York City.  But in his recent appearances, he has been hard to follow and at times inconsistent.  There have been a few occasions where he seemed to foam at the mouth.  He gets easily agitated.  It appears he is up to his eyeballs in all things Ukraine, Yovanovitch, and Parnas.  Having Rudi as a witness could be just what the Dems are looking for.

In any case, know two things: this was not a misstep by the Schiffheads, and it wasn't done without a purpose they are reasonably certain is to their benefit.

Image: Marc Nozell via Flickr.