December is usually a time for holiday parties and cheer.
Instead the White House is gearing up for a battle.
This week the democrat-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump,
on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Trump will face trial in the Senate where Democrats demand to hear from more witnesses,
including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Voltan.
They might present exculpatory evidence that helps President Trump.
It may be incriminating against the president,
but they should be heard.
So far the White House strategy has been to stonewall and call the House investigations a sham partisan process,
which has been effective in maintaining support from Trump’s base.
As long as he maintains his base,
and those people do not break with the president,
then the senators will think to themselves well.
It doesn’t do me any good to break with the president,
if I’m running for reelection.
Now that the process is moving to the republican-led Senate,
the White House strategy is shifting.
They are now working with top Republicans to move the trial quickly and limit political damage.
I’ve heard Mitch.
I’ve heard Lindsey.
I think they are very much an agreement on some concept.
I’ll do whatever they want to do.
It doesn’t matter.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged total coordination with the administration.
Critics accuse him of violating the duty to be impartial.
That’s a strategy that’s worked well for McConnell in the past to go ahead and signal his allegiances,
signal what he’s gonna do,
and what he’s not gonna do.
So he’s betting that that’s in fact what Republicans want to have him do,
and want to hear him say right now.
Another strategy continue to attack Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as corrupt,
for allowing his son to be on the board of a Ukrainian energy company when he was vice president.
Accusations may be hurting Biden.
But you won the other hand,
that’s your son over there to get a job and work for a gas
Joe Biden dismisses demands that doesn’t testify in terms of impeachment trial as a ploy to divert attention.
Patsy Widakuswara VOA news at the White House