Leahy Expected To Preside Over Impeachment As President Pro Tempore

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the new Senate president pro tempore, is expected to preside over President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, a Senate source told TPM.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1356551
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A perhaps interesting question. If the President Pro Tempore presides over the Senate trial, can he…as judge…also vote as a juror?

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A spokesperson for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), for one, told the Washington Post Monday that she is still against getting rid of it and “not open to changing her mind about it.”

Maybe Mitt Romney should talk to her!

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Trump’s legal team was another unknown variable, though he has reportedly secured the services of at least one attorney, Butch Bowers, so far.

Pool old Butch drew the short straw.

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Here’s a still from the upcoming trial

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A spokesperson for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), for one, told the Washington Post Monday that she is still against getting rid of it and “not open to changing her mind about it.”

And this is exactly why I have been less than thrilled with Sinema.

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And Roberts gives a huge sigh of relief.

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Welcome to pro bono hell, Butch…

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McConnell still thinks he’s the majority leader, and unless all 50 Democratic Senators back Schumer up, he effectively will be. It’s going to be very interesting. I expect Fat Nixon’s response will be written with a Sharpie and be along the lines of “Nyah, nyah, nyah, you can’t touch me, coppers!”

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She might as well work with Turtle for a permanent Republican Senate.

Democrats always fucking disappoint.

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“Some Democrats have indicated that they do not consider witnesses necessary, as most of Congress bore witness to the insurrection that’s at the heart of the article.”

Can’t wait for Republicans to demand all 100 senators recuse themselves as jurors, citing “conflict of interest”.

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But those Senate processes are frozen while McConnell holds the organizing resolution — the usually pro forma process to codify the new chairmanships and committee composition – hostage. He is demanding that Democrats promise not to get rid of the filibuster, which would lower the vote threshold for all legislation to 51 votes, taking away much of McConnell’s power.

Pro-tip: Lie. Tell McConnell he can keep the filibuster and then take it back. You can tell him to his fucking face - yeah, we lied.

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God Almighty. Can we have a non-octogenarian with a sharper mind?

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With the AZ GOP imploding bigly, what is she worried about? What are they going to do, run a cactus against her?

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A spokesperson for Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), for one, told the Washington Post Monday that she is still against getting rid of it and “not open to changing her mind about it.”

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Shhhh!!

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By the way, the obvious response to those who argue that you cannot impeach an ex-president is that the mofo was impeached while he was president— it’s the trial that is occurring after he left office.

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As do most Americans given Roberts role in denying votes to Black Americans, and pouring unreported money into elections while gutting the voting rights act.

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Hasn’t he actually been 80 for the last 30 years? I was kind of shocked to see that he’s still in some dusty, forgotten corner of the chamber.

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They considered it, but then realized that the impeachment trial would result in a 100% conviction with Warnock and Ossoff being the only two non-witnesses left…

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