On impeachment, Rick Scott poses questions about Democrats, none about Donald Trump

Rick Scott
Scott wonders if the trial is anything but a partisan attempt to interfere with an election.

Florida’s junior Republican Sen. Rick Scott on Wednesday publicly released his list of questions for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with most exploring what Democrats did or did not do, and none exploring what Trump did or did not do.

All 100 Senators had to submit questions in writing. At the direction of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Senate began reading the questions at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with Trump’s defense attorneys and the Democratic House impeachment managers offering answers. This is to go on for up to 16 hours across Wednesday and Thursday.

Scott’s questions, as released by his office, include two about former Vice President Joe Biden; one seeking information about the whistleblower whose complaint led Democrats to investigate last year; three about the conduct of Democratic House managers who’ve prosecuted the case against Trump; and one rhetorical question about whether the whole impeachment process is nothing more than a partisan attempt to interfere with the 2020 election.

It’s not known when the Senators’ questions might come up on the Senate floor. Nor is it certain if all Senators’ questions will be posed.

Scott has offered strong commitments of support for Trump, and condemnation for the impeachment process as “nothing but partisan politics.” His questions appear to reflect that viewpoint.

Scott offered four questions to be posed to the Democrats:

— Do the House managers have any evidence to back up claims that Joe Biden’s threat to withhold $1 billion in U.S. financial aid from Ukraine unless the country fired its prosecutor general was a valid act of U.S. foreign policy and not an act intended to personally benefit his son?

— How much evidence is sufficient to develop probable cause to at least initiate an investigation of a prior elected official’s conduct, given what we know about former Vice President Joe Biden’s actions?

— Why has the Senate been denied access to the transcript of Inspector General Michael Atkinson’s testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence relating to the whistleblower and the original complaint?

— How does [House manager] Jerry Nadler square his current assertion that this impeachment is a legitimate, nonpartisan action — during which not a single vote of bipartisan support was received — with his prior declaration that, “there must never be a narrowly voted impeachment or an impeachment substantially supported by one of our major political parties and largely opposed by the other.  Such an impeachment would lack legitimacy, would produce divisiveness and bitterness in our politics for years to come, and would call into question the very legitimacy of our political institution”?

Scott offered three questions to Trump’s defense lawyers:

— Do the House managers bear the burden of proof demonstrating to the Senate clear and convincing evidence that we should remove a sitting President from office? Or does the President bear the burden of demonstrating why he should not be removed from office?

— Do the House managers have the same duty to be truthful to the Senate during the impeachment trial as in an American court of law? Are they required to disclose potentially exculpatory information and evidence? Are they required to avoid mischaracterizing evidence, or are they free to lie?

— How can an impeachment undertaken without a single vote of bipartisan support at any point be viewed as anything other than a purely partisan attempt to interfere with the 2020 election and the rights of the American people to vote for the President?

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • BG

    January 29, 2020 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Scotty Boy, do you expect Sen. Rick Scott to join the DemoRats and attack President Trump or can he do what the hell we sent him to do, defend the Constitution of the USA?
    Acquittal coming soon!

    • Concerned Citizen

      January 29, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Scott has great expertise from his record setting healthcare fraud days. Belongs in Federal Prison. What an embarrassment to the State of Florida!

      • Arl

        January 30, 2020 at 7:23 am

        Concerned Citizen, you are absolutely right. Scott is a mimi-me RUMP. He resigned from his health care company soon after learning that he would be indicted in the largest Medicare Fraud in the State of Florida – and unfortunately, he got away with it. During the trial, he took the 5th Amendment approx. 73 times. What a hypocrite! How do you think he made millions of dollars so far, he got out taxpayer money – now he wants more! Take it from a FL resident.

      • jon

        January 30, 2020 at 12:05 pm

        The only embarrassment is demoRats!

  • Pedro

    January 29, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    You cant defend Trump and defend the Constitution, Trump does not even know what that is. If Trump or the Repugs want to defend the constitution they need to show Putin they are not his bitch!

  • Sonja Emily Fitch

    January 30, 2020 at 7:25 am

    MY OH MY….OUR FLORIDA REPUBLICAN REPS are just outdoing the other crazies. Ricky wants to be president and really kill and deny health care to the sick and eldery. Ricky needs to hush. LOCK UP RICKY FOR CHOOSING MONEY OVER LIVES!
    Marco? Where are you Marco? Marco? Where are you Marco? Marco looks like a lost chicken hiding and ducking and scheming to pretend he is invisible. Takes a lot of energy to fake being brave, eh Marco.
    Please Pam Bondi needs to hush. Her nepotism thing a ma bobs are ridiculous. hush Pam.
    Ashley Moody, have you ever prosecuted a case with out witnesses and evidence? If you have Ashley Moody you need to be investigated by Florida Bar and maybe have your law creds revoked.

    sadly i have to admit i cannot look at rick scott without thinking nazi.

  • Ocean Joe

    January 30, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Trump will get away ‘Scott’ free, just like Rick did.

  • gary

    January 30, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    As if any DEMOCRAT questions other DEMORATS!!!!! What a FAKE NEWS story this is!

  • Sonja Emily Fitch

    January 31, 2020 at 6:08 am

    omg senator scott beat gaetz in the batshit crazy antics…looks really gross on the old bald white man…killer of sick and elderly scott…hush scott. scott even made pam bondi look …..second class.

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