McConnell Has Votes To Approve Starting Trial Without Witnesses

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced Tuesday that he has the votes for his rules proposal to begin the Senate impeachment trial without calling witnesses, the news coming a day after key moderate members signaled that they were staying aligned with his plan.


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It never crossed my mind that it was going to be otherwise, those “moderates” republicans are nothing but squishes. I would not be surprised that many “moderate” democrats will join him as well. In my book “moderate” is define as a politician of either party that after some hand-wringing aligns him/herself with the Republican leadership.

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The House should immediately subpoena Bolton. There is no reason why he should be able to ignore a subpoena from one chamber of Congress and honor one from another. Let’s keep those articles of impeachment coming if need be.

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“All we’re doing here is saying we’re going to get started in exactly the same way that 100 senators agreed to 20 years ago,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. “We’ll get around to the discussion of witnesses like we did after round one 20 years ago.”

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So the fix is now officially, “in.”

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Kangaroos convening court.

The fix is in boys
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It better be for Trump’s sake.

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There are no good Republicans. Repeat. There. Are. No. Good. Republicans.

One of our frontrunner Dem nominees needs to confront that reality soon.

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I know this, yet I keep forgetting or hoping that someone will stand up but, there just aren’t any.

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Yeah, that’s all. No big deal. What Clinton did was exactly the same as what Trump has done, see? So we’re being fair and balanced by using the same process.
*M. Garland spits out his coffee…

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At a ‘Families Belong Together’ rally, I took up some proffered sidewalk chalk and scrawled: “The only good Republican…is a Democrat.”

I had that phrase made into a custom decal for my car, too.

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Talking of votes,

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Does McConnell know about the polling on impeachment and removal? Does he know the rest of the country doesn’t want a kangaroo court? Does he know he’ll lose Russian funding if he proceeds honestly and ethically? Yes to all of the above.

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“I believe that the Senate should follow the precedent that was established in the trial of President Clinton, where we had three stages,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) told TPM on Monday. “First, we heard opening statements from both sides, then senators submitted our own questions through the chief justice. And then, we took up the issue of witnesses.”

Ignoring how the circumstances of Clinton’s impeachment vs drumps are vastly different. Such a fraud. If you want it to be like Clinton’s are republicans saying that they want a Ken Star type of investigator to be made and they want drump himself to be under-oath?

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I’ll give ‘Cecil’ credit about one thing, though this haggling ait over yet, it says a lot that he knows how to read a thermostat.

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No such thing as a moderate Republican. That day has long passed.

I am still waiting for my country to fully grasp this point.

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So the moderate GOP senators and the GOP senators who are lawyers all think a trial without witnesses is perfectly legitimate. If it’s not the Senate’s job to call witnesses the House didn’t pursue and it’s not the Senate’s job to call witnesses that ignored subpoenas issued by the House, then the Senate has essentially nullified the impeachment powers granted to the Legislative Branch by the Constitution.

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Hmm. I don’t always believe everything McTurtle says in public.

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They want to have their opening statements, then blame Dems and say they don’t need witnesses for w/e made up reason.

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Like they didn’t want an investigation into Kavanaugh.

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