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    If Senate Republicans take the hard vote now on impeachment witnesses, they will not regret it in November

    If Senate Republicans take the hard vote now on impeachment witnesses, they will not regret it in November

    Screw the base by letting Adam Schiff do to the impeachment trial what Senate Democrats did to the Kavanaugh hearings, and Republicans will have hell to pay in November from their own base. It’s like the vote on Kavanaugh in that way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waEK63h8OC0

    Mitch McConnell released a resolution to be introduced Tuesday that sets the schedule for the Senate impeachment trial.

    (Trying not to laugh) The proceedings will start at 1 p.m. each day (to accommodate the Chief Justice’s day job schedule), and go for 12 hours. Rinse and repeat. Whoever said Mitch McConnell doesn’t have a sense of humor?

    But seriously.

    McConnell would not introduce this resolution unless he knew he had the votes, despite Chuck Schumer’s bluster about introducing amendments and forcing votes. Force all you want, Chuck, but these are going to be the rules.

    Chad Pergram at Fox News has a detailed discussion of the process, but here’s the short Axios version:

    Under the resolution, House Democratic managers and Trump’s defense team will each be given up to 24 hours over two days to present their cases.

    • Senators will then have 16 hours to submit their questions to Chief Justice John Roberts.
    • After the Q&A period, the Senate will vote on whether to consider and debate witness subpoenas.
    • If the Senate votes no, no one will be permitted to call for new witnesses or documents, according to a Republican leadership aide.
    • If the Senate votes yes, both sides will have an opportunity to motion to subpoena witnesses, then senators will debate and vote on them.
    • Then the Senate will vote on whether to convict the president and remove him from office.

    Everyone knows the key vote is whether to allow witnesses who did not already testify in the House. That’s the ballgame. That determines whether Adam Schiff gets to turn the Senate into a circus like he did the House. Once the clowns are allowed in, it’s going to be hard to get them out.

    Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz was on Tucker tonight and made the point that in horse trading over witnesses, Republicans inevitably will lose — Democrats will get the witnesses they want and somehow Republicans will never actually end up getting the witnesses they want. Democrats in Congress are much better at playing dirty.

    It’s a fools game, but it’s one I fear scared Republicans in the Senate will play. This impeachment is a scam, an attempted political decapitation. It should be shut down after the presentation of cases and Q&A. Dismiss it or vote on it guilty or not guilty.

    Take the hard vote now and Republicans will not regret it in November. Screw the base by letting Adam Schiff do to the the impeachment trial what Senate Democrats did to the Kavanaugh hearings, and Republicans will have hell to pay in November from their own base. It’s like the vote on Kavanaugh in that way.

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    Bitterlyclinging | January 21, 2020 at 8:13 am

    Enrique Pena Nieto wasn’t the only politician on the take from el Chapo whose reach likely extended well north of the US/Mexico border. Believe me, there’s more than one Republican politician, along with the Democrats, looking for a way to please their Mexican drug lord masters.

    If they want more witnesses, then the whole thing should be kicked back to the House because they clearly didn’t do their job. Send it back with a big red “incomplete” grade on it.

    The Republicans were pussies in the Kavanaugh hearings. Feinstein had the Blasey Ford material during the Kavanaugh hearings but did not choose to submit it until after the end of the original hearings. The Republicans should have told her, “You had your opportunity to introduce this material earlier, and failed to do so. It’s your fault, not ours.”
    So, now Pelosi, Schumer, and Schiff insist the Republicans call witness during the Senate deliberations. No f—ing way! They had their opportunity during the House proceedings, and failed to do so. It’s not the Senate’s job to rescue the Democrats from their own stupidity.


     
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    CommoChief | January 21, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    If I was McConnell and could marshal the votes:

    1. HoR impeachment managers put on dog and pony 24 hours
    2. POTUS responds 24 hours
    3. Vote to dismiss obstruction article which is laughable on it’s face. HoR currently has subpoena before Federal courts, HoR had subpoena before courts prior to impeachment inquiry and during the inquiry. So the HoR can’t pretend that fighting a subpoena is ‘obstruction’
    4. Debate witnesses
    5. Senate should limit HoR to witnesses they called during Inquiry. Since POTUS was not accorded same privileges during the Inquiry he can call whatever relevant witnesses he wishes
    6. Vote to dismiss abuse of power article. POTUS is unitary executive and is responsible for foreign policy. Executive branch released funds in same fiscal year as the appropriation and thus complied with the appropriation.

    Bottom line is the Senate should send the following message with it’s votes.
    A. HoR shouldn’t rush an impeachment and expect the Senate to cure it’s deficient articles
    B. HoR can’t dictate to Senate how Senate performs it’s duty
    C. Resisting congressional subpoena is not an impeachable offense. Go to court or negotiate compliance

    IMO, there is too much narrow focus on getting Trump vs creating lasting damage to historical balances between executive and legislative branches and between HoR and Senate. If McConnell can sell this to the RINO senators then they can use this as cover for their votes.

    Per Lou Dobbs, the Republicans voted in lockstep on the first three of Schumer’s resolutions. Will they stay that way? Probably.


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