The world is watching as Republican senators vote later Friday to block witnesses with key evidence from testifying in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
He was charged with soliciting foreign interference in the U.S. election when he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and potential 2020 presidential candidate for the Democratic Party, and then, obstructed Congress when it tried to investigate.
The Democrats said those two articles of impeachment were extremely serious, and asked the senate to remove Trump from office.
The senate is controlled by Mr. Trump’s Republican colleagues.
After days of arguments and counter arguments, Democrats insisted that witnesses should be allowed to testify. Republicans opposed the idea, officially saying it would prolong the trial, but were accused of trying to preside over a cover-up, the type that takes place in countries the United States often think it is morally superior to.
Calls for testimonies escalated after former National Security Adviser, John Bolton, said he was willing to testify, and recalled in a soon to be published book that Trump told him directly he had conditioned Ukraine’s aide to an investigation into the Bidens.
That missing link, an account from someone who had direct knowledge into why Mr. Trump withheld nearly $400 million in Ukraine aide was what was missing.
For now, 50 senators were expected to vote for calling witnesses while 50 were against. Democrats need at least 51 votes to force witnesses to testify. It was not clear whether Chief Justice John Glover Roberts would break the tie.
The United States often claims to be the leader of the world, the beacon of democracy and often sanctions those it believes are not living up to the standard.
But, looking at the Trump impeachment trial in the United States, it looks like a banana republic with no moral rights to lecture the world about democracy, human rights or anything else.
is a journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC