Last week I wrote a blog citing Senator Marsha Blackburn’s contention that the four Democrat U.S. Senators running for President – Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bennet – should recuse themselves from the impeachment trial, on the grounds that they have a direct potential benefit in President Trump’s conviction and removal from office.
In it, I said the following:
Does Marsha Blackburn have a point?
Frankly, yes she does. These four senators are running against President Trump for the purpose of replacing him. Therefore, they have a direct, personal stake in the outcome of this trial. That is a classic basis for recusal.
But if I were betting, my money would be on no recusals.
Why? Because insisting on them would require a level of guts and principle I do not expect from a swamp creature like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Well, it is now a week later. And those four Senators are still in the chamber. Not one has recused her/himself or, so far as I know, been asked to do so.
Are you surprised in the least? I doubt it.
I certainly am not…just as I am not surprised that there has been no media outcry for them to recuse themselves.
Hey, why would I expect such an outcry anyway? After all, they are Democrats, aren’t they?