I suppose you can say public opinion doesn't matter.
The Trump Base would not convict him of he [you fill in the blank with the most heinous crimes imaginable] if you had the crimes on video with a million eyewitnesses. That is public opinion. What place does that have in a Senate impeachment trial? I am not saying the Trump Base or the anti-Trumpers do not have some influence on Senatorial opinions, what I am saying is we as a country have abdicated all sense of justice especially at the highest levels to the rabble rousing opinions of a ignorant mobs. This is precisely the argument the Founders had against Democracy.
The ignorant may prevail. and you are OK with that.
I know, the partisan glasses will take over here with a ton of excuses of why its perfectly okay for one side not to allow witnesses without their approval but completely wrong for the other side to do the identical same thing.
So in your opinion Hunter Biden was which participant in the Trump Ukraine Conspiracy? The answer is, he was not a member of the conspiracy, so why would anyone want to call him as a witness for anything? It would be the same if someone called you to testify to a crime of which you had no knowledge. And that is why Democrats refused approval of the Republican witness list.
Now if you have some information which I have not seen which even intimates the Bidens were participants in the conspiracy, I am all ears.
Now about Rep Schiff. Republicans suggest he in some way concocted a false report about a call by finding a "whistleblower" to report the false story, and I suppose in some way that exonerates Mr Trump.
Suppose it is true. The whistleblower complaint was first investigated by the ICIG, who found the complaint credible and urgent to report. We have all read the complaint and heard witnesses who were on the call. It is clear if Rep Schiff, using a crystal ball, wrote a false complaint, he has a great crystal ball. Almost all elements of the complaint have been corroborated and verified. So even if Rep Schiff fabricated a false, it is spot on and irrelevant. Or do you have information Re Schiff was involved in the Ukraine Conspiracy?
The Whistleblower. He has been accused of submitting a false complaint created by Rep Schiff to damage Mr Trump. Unfortunately the complaint has been verified. Further the whistleblower had no 1st hand knowledge of the call. His complaint was based on hearsay. All he can do is testify that people told him of the call. What Republicans really want in this witness if for him to name the people who told him of the call. They want retribution for disloyalty to Mr Trump. Retribution for exposing a criminal conspiracy concocted in the Oval Office by the current occupant of the WH.
Sec Pompeo ... Adv Mulvaney ... Att Guiliani ... all active willing participants in the conspiracy and yet none were called because the crime boss forbade them to testify.
So which Republican witnesses could be called to exonerate Mr Trump? Hunter Biden? A whistleblower?
This has nothing to do with partisan politics but everything to do with finding the truth. Based on the evidence I have seen, I believe there was a criminal conspiracy led by Mr Trump involving a number of people from the highest levels of government. However, I would like to see more than a circumstantial case. I want to hear Bolton/Mulvaney/Pompeo or anyone else who had 1st hand knowledge of what was going on to testify. Now if you think that is partisan, we are using different definitions of the word.