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    LIVE: Senate Finishes Question-and-Answer Session in Trump Impeachment Trial

    LIVE: Senate Finishes Question-and-Answer Session in Trump Impeachment Trial

    This portion is actually interesting. Except when Adam Schiff answers questions.

    https://twitter.com/cspan/status/1221979929082056704

    The Senate will conclude its Q&A session today. I encourage everyone to pay attention to it. I found it interesting, except when Adam Schiff speaks.

    It begins at 1 p.m. ET.

    Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow is 100% correct. We have seen how they behave when it doesn’t go their way.

    Rep. Jerry Nadler has a tendency to provoke Republican senators. He did it again today:

    When House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler invoked the name of Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the two swing votes were seen taking notes about Nadler’s contention that the defense’s arguments about President Trump’s mixed motives were “nonsense.”

    Nadler argued it didn’t matter if there was a mixed motive.

    “Once you prove a corrupt act, that’s it,” he said.

    Philbin had a great reminder for everyone about a person not waiving their rights:

    Mr. Philbin responds thatit is “striking and shocking” that Democrats have cast President Trump as having something to hide because he has sought to block some potential evidence. He said Democrats have made statements such as “only the guilty hide evidence,” “Only the guilty don’t respond to subpoenas,” and “this is not the way innocent people act.” Mr. Philbin continued: “Well, of course, that’s contrary to the very spirit of our American justice system where people have rights, and asserting those rights cannot be interpreted as an indication of guilt.”

    So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began the procedure with a veiled threat to Rand Paul. Remember, last night Paul caused a somewhat commotion when Chief Justice John Roberts wouldn’t read his question since it named the whistleblower.

    Well, Paul submitted his question right away and…

    The session has about seven hours and 54 minutes left for the House managers and President Donald Trump’s team.

    Senate Majority Whip John Thune said “it’s still uncertain” how some of his colleagues will vote. We already know Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney could possibly vote for witnesses and new evidence.

    The media has latched its claws into retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander as the wild card. He’s basically told everyone to leave him alone.

    Then we have conservative Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. He said he would vote for witnesses, but that includes a subpoena for Hunter Biden.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham is confident the chamber has 53 votes to subpoena Hunter Biden.

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    Paul In Sweden | January 30, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Q: Are you aware of any other POTUS other than POTUS Obama that shut down a massive years long narco-terrorism drug ring and money laundering prosecution so that he could personally benefit by appeasing the terror state of Iran and present to the MSM a meaningless signed treaty?


     
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    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | January 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    “We’ve all had a lot of negative history with McConnell over the years but the one thing you have to give him props for is his mastery of procedure as well as his fierce protection of his domain in the Senate and his turf. No way in Hell is he going to let four fools on our side screw him over. Along with massive political winds at his back and against each of the recalcitrant RINOs, a couple of huge developments shook out over the course of the day that seem to have sealed the deal.”

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=385530


     
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    Joe-dallas | January 30, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Just an observation – Roberts seems to be wielding far more power than section 6 provides.
    All he is allowed to do is preside, not to make rulings of any sort. Apparantly he has exercised the authority to keep the whistler blowers name secret. I doubt that he has such a power.

    Artical 1 section 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.


     
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    inspectorudy | January 30, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    One of the things that really annoys me is when Schiff gets up with a new question but refers back to the last question and comments on it. Roberts should stop that immediately. That is not the new question and should not be allowed. But hs is such a pussy that he wouldn’t do anything like that. Oh wait, he just censored Rand Paul’s question completely!


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