I do NOT think the above two things fit together…..
House Democrats present the evidence as the prosecutors to the Senate jury ….
Once the trial begins?
The media focus will be almost entirely on that….
And …On a silenced Trump once again…..
Biden will revert to being a sideline….
And Republicans will br under pressure to support Trump…..No matter how bad he looks….
Collateral political damage will almost assuredly come to any Biden effort to get Republican support for ANYTHING for a time afterwards…
The effort to present new video evidence and witness testimony appears designed to make Republican senators as uncomfortable as possible as they prepare to vote to acquit Trump, as most have indicated they will do. The prospect of injured police officers describing the brutality of pro-Trump rioters to Republicans who regularly present themselves as advocates of law enforcement could make for an extraordinary, nationally televised scene….
President Biden’s message to Senate Democratic leaders on former President Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial is clear: Keep it short and don’t let it derail his agenda.
Biden has never embraced Trump’s second impeachment though he hasn’t sought to stand in its way either amid outrage in his party over the former president’s involvement in the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol.
Yet he and his team have always been cognizant of the risks of a trial so early in his term as he seeks to win a deal on a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
It’s also clearer now that it was two weeks ago that the impeachment will not end with Trump’s conviction.
This was in question early on, but a Senate vote this week in which only five Republicans voted against tabling a motion calling the trial unconstitutional made it certain the Senate will not win the two-thirds vote necessary for conviction.
Biden administration officials and allies close to the White House say the president will distance himself from Trump’s trial as it begins in the second week of February.
“He’s going to let the Senate do what it needs to do,” said one Biden ally close to the White House. “We always knew this was going to happen. We always knew this would be the position we’re in now with Republicans. And now he’s going to respect the process and let it play out.”
The impeachment trial poses some risks to Biden, and some Democrats had warned it could torpedo his early agenda….
image…New York Magazine