Appearing on CNN, Democrat Senator Hirono (D-HI) expressed concern that the Senate impeachment trial will not be fair.
“Mitch McConnell has made it plain that he doesn’t want to call any witnesses,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono. “We are confronted with Republicans who have nothing to offer that addresses what the President did.”
"Mitch McConnell has made it plain that he doesn't want to call any witnesses," says Sen. Mazie Hirono. "We are confronted with Republicans who have nothing to offer that addresses what the President did."
Hirono doesn't expect the Senate impeachment trial of Trump to be fair. pic.twitter.com/FyUDycvpLu
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) December 19, 2019
Hirono also warned the country under President Trump’s unchecked authority could become a “totalitarian state.”
I am not holding my breath that four senators will come forward to say we should have witnesses, which is a definition of a fair trial. What is going to end up is we will have procedures. We will have rules. They would not be what we would like, but there you have it. That’s why this is yet another example of how the Republicans simply cannot address directly what the president did. Because you know, if so, then they are really saying the president did it, so what. It is what I call the ‘so what’ defense.
…This is what Chuck Schumer is talking about. If we do not hold the president accountable for shaking down the president of another country and doing what he did, then we know for a fact that this president is going to continue to abuse his powers. And he will thumb his nose at anything that Congress does in terms of subpoenas. So you know what? If this is the kinds of democracy we are living in, that is not a democracy. That is a totalitarian state. And I think Trump really likes that. He sees himself as a dictator. He likes that.