Sunday, December 29, 2019

Chuck Schumer blasts Mitch McConnell for declared partiality on impeachment but said the same thing himself in 1999 - Monica Showalter

by Monica Showalter

Schumer holds himself to easier standards when the shoe is on the other tootsie.

When you're a storied jurassic in the Senate who's been around the block a few times, it's only a matter of time before your words come back to bite you.

This brings us to Sen. Chuck Schumer, who's been chiding Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell for his statement that in President Trump's impeachment, he was no "impartial juror" — a reasonable statement, actually, because impeachment is a political act, not subject to usual courthouse rules for jurors.

Here he went, according to CNN:
"Let the American people hear it loud and clear, the Republican leader said, proudly, 'I'm not an impartial juror. I'm not impartial about this at all.' That is an astonishing admission of partisanship," Schumer said in a floor speech.
Yet Schumer himself said the same thing at President Clinton's 1998 impeachment and somehow expected that it wouldn't be noticed. Look at how parsey-farcey he got about it back then:
Speaking on CNN's "Larry King Live" in January 1999, Schumer said the trial in the Senate was not like a jury box.
"We have a pre-opinion," Schumer said, citing himself and two newly-elected Republican senators who had voted on impeachment in 1998 as members of the House of Representatives who said they would vote in the Senate. "This is not a criminal trial, but this is something that the Founding Fathers decided to put in a body that was susceptible to the whims of politics."
"So therefore, anybody taking an oath tomorrow can have a pre-opinion; it's not a jury box," King asked Schumer.
"Many do," Schumer responded. "And then they change. In fact, it's also not like a jury box in the sense that people will call us and lobby us. You don't have jurors called and lobbied and things like that. I mean, it's quite different than a jury. And we're also the judge."
Actually, what I'm most amazed about is that CNN of all places spotted the hypocrisy and double standard.

Chuck Schumer knows very well how politics goes, and now he's trying to make it into something it's not, while attempting to turn hardball-playing Cocaine Mitch into some kind of miscreant. 

He's a hypocrite and a liar for it. Or as they say, "Full of Schumer." Seems as though that's what it takes to be Chuck Schumer.

Monica Showalter


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