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    With several Republicans apparently succumbing on impeachment witnesses, Mitch McConnell may need to go ‘nuclear’

    With several Republicans apparently succumbing on impeachment witnesses, Mitch McConnell may need to go ‘nuclear’

    McConnell needs to go nuclear. Mutually Assured Destruction nuclear on witnesses — the Bidens or bust.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Mitch McConnell has told Republican Senators that he does not have the votes to block witnesses:

    … at a meeting of all Republican senators late Tuesday, GOP leaders told their conference that they don’t currently have the votes to prevent witnesses from being called, people familiar with the matter said. Republicans had hoped to wrap up the trial with an acquittal of the president by this week, but Democrats have said he should appear under oath to offer a firsthand account of the president’s motivations for freezing aid to Ukraine—a matter at the heart of the impeachment case.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be on blocking witnesses or documents, these people said. He had a card with “yes,” “no,” and “maybes” marked on it, apparently a whip count, but he didn’t show it to senators.

    As detailed many times, the entire Democrat strategy has been to Kavanaugh the hearings, to call witnesses the House never called in order to turn the trial into a circus in which the process becomes the punishment.

    The House impeachment was in bad faith, and the Kavanaughing of the hearings also is bad faith. That four Republican Senators may succumb to these tactics speaks volumes about the weakness of Republicans.

    We knew it would be close, but it looks like there may be only one choice for McConnell.

    Even Mitt Romney, the first link to break, has said that he thinks calling witnesses should be reciprocal. That means Joe and Hunter Biden, at minimum. But calling the Bidens in exchange for calling John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney has been rejected by Democrats.

    So McConnell’s way out it to force Democrats to reject a witness deal. That way, Democrats are the ones responsible for no new witnesses. It provides cover to people like Susan Collins who may be concerned how voting against witnesses my impact their reelection chances.

    McConnell needs to go nuclear. Mutually Assured Destruction nuclear on witnesses — the Bidens or bust.

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    People who haven’t researched the Ukraine Hoax and understand it don’t know how much this would blow up if the Whistleblower is called.

    As is said above by another commenter. We all now what the Biden’s did. The really damaging truth is what the Whistleblower knows and who he knows that were in on this with him including Schiff.

    Even if he pleads the 5th the stupid game that he anonymous will end and he and his plot can be openly discussed which will be devastating to Democrats.

    to offer a firsthand account of the president’s motivations for freezing aid to Ukraine
    Since when is motive an element of a crime?


       
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      Milhouse in reply to GWB. | January 30, 2020 at 11:57 pm

      Motive is very often an element of a crime. There are many crimes in which the motive is a key element, and therefore must be found by the jury beyond reasonable doubt.


     
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    VaGentleman | January 29, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    If the senate is going to vote on whether to have witnesses, shouldn’t Bernie and Liz recuse themselves? They have an obvious conflict in voting for testimony that may be detrimental to Joe Biden, their chief primary opponent.


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