We know the fix is in by just these two paragraphs in a telling opinion.
“Because the Republican majority in the Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, knows that its own survival is tied to Trump’s, and cares more about its grip on power than its fidelity to constitutional governance.
That’s why McConnell is doing all he can to deep-six the impeachment trial with as little fanfare, and as few witnesses, as possible. He knows the “So what?” gambit becomes harder to sustain in the face of testimony from firsthand witnesses to the president’s Ukraine scheme — people like John Bolton, the former national security adviser, and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, both of whom have said they would be willing to testify.”
Dershowitz said that the president had to commit an actual crime, or at least something “crime like”. As opposed to Clinton’s impeachment in which abuse of public trust was more than sufficient.
The Founders knew what they were doing when they allowed impeachment for abuse of power, etc. So there will be no conviction, but at least let’s hear from witnesses who can either exonerate or “convict” in the court of public opinion.
Americans on both sides deserve to know.