Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Outlines Upcoming Impeachment Trial and Process…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appears on Fox News to discuss the upcoming impeachment trial and the processes within the Senate that will be followed.

McConnell states he will be working closely with White House counsel and the President’s lawyers.  The Senate Leader said “there’s no chance the President is removed from office”.

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[Sidebar (somewhat): I find it to be interesting timing for this interview… U.S-China trade agreement, phase-one, announced today and Senator McConnell comes out in full-throated defense of presidency. Perhaps just a coincidence.]

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247 Responses to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Outlines Upcoming Impeachment Trial and Process…

  1. JunkerGeorg says:

    Long trial in Senate is what I’d prefer so as to completely exonerate Trump and educate the public on just how corrupt and wicked the Swamp is. I think this produces maximum benefit in terms of winning back the House and getting closer to a supermajority in Senate in 2020 so as to legislatively push through more of the Maga agenda, especially Immigration reform (remove all the magnets). I mean, Trump still has to overcome the residual Rinos left in Senate who won’t support much of Maga.

    Liked by 14 people

    • daylight58 says:

      I also like the idea of Senators Sanders and Warren having to be off of the campaign trail.

      Liked by 3 people

    • dd_sc says:

      Super majority (any majority) is only good if they are pro-MAGA.

      A super herd of RINOs that answer to the Chamber of Commerce won’t be much benefit.

      I haven’t heard or read anything that indicates any of Graham’s challengers will be pro-MAGA; it’s still early, though.

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    • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

      If I understood Mitch correctly the impeachment trial would cause all other Senate business to be pushed aside. They can’t do that. There are judges to appoint, USMCA still needs to be passed, and other stuff they should be doing.

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      • Betty says:

        Nope !
        I want to understand completely what went on. This is my government, I am responsible for what it does. If United States Senators and Representatives are forcing corruption, bribing and extorting other Sovereign Nations, especially weaker ones, I want to know about it and I want it stopped.

        If Senators and Representatives have to face the music that is how it has to be. As Nancy says – it is their Constitutional Duty to fully investigate and refer law breakers to the DOJ.
        No more, move along, we need to come together, the nation needs to heal BS.

        just do your job, even if it means falling on your own sword Lindsey.

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        • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

          It’s more important to appoint judges and pass USMCA.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Dee says:

            No it isn’t, the American people DESERVE to know why our votes were stolen and all of the mess that call themselves OUR representatives. Half of Americans think the Dems are right they need to see they are not.

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            • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

              Let’s go back to the original subject of this thread. The OP said he wants a “long trial”. I added my comment that while the Senate is dealing with impeachment they cannot do other business. A long trial would be detrimental. You seem to be talking about just a trial, period, not necessarily a long one.

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          • Betty says:

            That will get done, this is more important then anything. This is the best way we have right now to to reconnect the House and the Senate to the will of the people.

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      • not2worryluv says:

        A long trial may be too much for everyone and there are risks to be considered with the DEMS and the GOPe if there is even the slightest misstep during President Trump’s Trial.
        I’d rather play it that it’s a partisan Witch Hunt, get the Senate to vote it down and get Trump out on the MAGA Rally Train.
        Either way, the DEMS are going to play the card that Trump is an impeached President.
        I’d rather have Trump touting the positive things he is doing for OUR COUNTRY. Stay positive and rally the Nation. Paint the DEMS as obstructionists of the people of the USA.
        If issues get wobbly release the MOAB and dump the classified the Documents.
        Revenge is sweet but WINNING is so much sweeter!

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        • Betty says:

          No, might as well tell us to “move along” nothing to see here. This is a huge part of draining the swamp. Huge.
          All that other stuff will get done, we have waited this long, to let it go now is like putting something away dirty.

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      • Kula says:

        Rumour is they want to push it through over th ed Christmas break. Mitch is the Dems. Deal agreed with Pelosi

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    • dawg says:

      Defeat in the House is what I’d prefer! Hammer your Reps today!!!!

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      • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

        This is most important for people who have Dem Representatives in districts that Trump won in 2016. It’s most important for those people to tell their Dem Reps that they will work to ensure their loss in 2020 if they vote for impeachment.

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    • daniel1335 says:

      McConnell acquittal plan simplified.

      Mr. President there’s no need to call any “fact” witnesses, just allow opening statements to be made (where no legal arguments can be made) and then we’ll adjourn and send it to the jury for a vote based solely on all the hearsay that has been presented thus far. Trust me everything will be fine.

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  2. JimFromNH says:

    The Prez also has a host of documents ready to declassify at an appropriate time…
    If the Uniparty and Deep State really want a long-drawn out trial, what better time to release than early-2020 as part of his defense?
    The Washington Swamp might want to avoid that… if possible.

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    • GenEarly says:

      Including some Estab Repub Senators, so once the House democRats present their no evidence case to the Senate, it will be Dismissed. democRat Senators shouldn’t want a Full Disclosure Senate Trial either!!!
      Plenty of fecal mud in DC to go around to almost everyone.
      Full Disclosure, Declassification, and Prosecution on the DC Swamp Vermin!!!

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    • Betty says:

      It does not matter what the Washington swamp wants or doesn’t want. Stop playing games, it does not even matter what President Trump wants. We have seen obvious corruption and I do not want to leave it to fester and attack my grandchildren.

      We are the generation that looked away and let them get away with their endless wars, their phony “foreign aid” a stupid intelligence community that thinks it is the real government of this country – just listen or read a few of the things that betrayer of the Constitution Brennan has no fear to say right out.
      On December 22, 2016 Obama, the House and the Senate concocted a bill to allow propaganda and they rolled it into the National Defense Authorization Act.

      Obama and all the rest of them knew what was planned – they weaponized the press against We The People and our President.

      No, we need it all to come out into the open and this time no one is above the law.

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  3. Fools Gold says:

    Sorry to anybody that disagrees but McConnell is a venomous snake 🐍 on the front porch near your 2 yo. He truely fears us deplorable adults carrying come the possible day after the vote. We’ll see what happens!

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    • daniel1335 says:

      I agree, McConnell is not to be trusted. As I understand it, his plan only foregoes the trial,but not the final vote. Also, it only takes a two thirds majority of members “present” to convict and not the 67 that the MSM keeps reporting.

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      • Tazok says:

        This is nonsense. Minority leader couldn’t have kept judicial vacancies. Yes, McConnell is no MAGA but the only way to stack judiciary is to be in the MAJORITY. It’s 51 votes for all circuits/SCOTUS now.

        As filibuster has proceeded to be weakened, do you think Schumer wouldn’t use the nuclear option? And then Minority Mitch would get ZERO rents.

        Sundance has good points but he’s too inflexible in his narrative to appreciate the new incentives in a polarized Senate.

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        • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

          Minority leader couldn’t have kept judicial vacancies.

          The GOP had control of the Senate (and House) during Obama’s final two years. McConnell absolutely prevented Obama from appointing judges. Love him or hate him, this was a great thing McConnell did. Very long lasting and helpful to conservatives. And what he has done with Trump now to appoint so many judges during Trump’s first 3 years is also great.

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        • He was the majority leader the last two years of Obama’s term

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      • booger71 says:

        The vote can be delayed till all 100 Senators all present. The Sergent of Arms can be deployed to fetch them if need be.

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  4. Fools Gold says:

    How would you like be cross examining anyone on the Trump team before camara’s live? I think the room would smell worse than passed gas shortly thereafter.

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  5. A2 says:

    Contrary to some of the posts here, the Senate Majority leader is not on the #GreatChinaPayroll.

    If he was , I’d be the first to call him out. I watch this carefully.

    黑手 And Unreliable Entity A2.

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  6. Sierra Faith says:

    Some argue that a long trial is vengeance.

    I would argue that Accountability is not vengeance. . . .

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    • IGiveUp says:

      Justice and vengeance aren’t the same thing. Go hard for the first and think twice about the second.

      Liked by 2 people

    • LeperSandwich says:

      I think McConnell should frame it is that, per the president’s direction, looking at all the things that were wrongly excluded from the House proceedings: the appropriateness of the aid delay, Hunter’s compensation, the disappearance of aid funds, the much-misrepresented claims/convictions of Ukrainian officials, Yovanovich’s lists, Chalupa connections, the Atlantic council, the treatment of Nunes/Solomon. They did this for the sole purpose of putting the impeachment asterisk on POTUS 45 knowing that it was baseless and destined–now they need to be shown the costs of that *!

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  7. El Torito says:

    Quick aquittal and the Dems run on finishing the job and pay no price. They’ll just start again.

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  8. Mike in a Truck says:

    Mitch knows his ass is on the line.Americans are sick of the Uniparty shenanigans and we wont tolerate it anymore. Boris’s win,PDJT victory with USMCA, is a wet mop across the faces of the Globalist subsurface snorkeling swamp swimmers and a precursor to 2020 elections. Mitch is looking out for his own survival.

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  9. TwoLaine says:

    Kellyanne Conway from Laura Ingraham last night on the same topic.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. TwoLaine says:

    More on this topic. Alan Dershowitz may have been tapped to be the Impeachment Manager for President TRUMP. Queued & ready. Watch.

    Get it while you can.

    Liked by 3 people

  11. TwoLaine says:

    More on this topic. Ed Henry. Queued & ready. Watch.

    Get it while you can.

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  12. Jenevive says:

    Interesting on Fox last night Jason Chafetz was on and he talking
    about Trey Gowdy. He made it sound like Trey is the one who will
    present POTUS case in a senate trial. Jason mentioned something about
    you have to out of Congress for one year before you can do something
    like that and one year for Trey will be Jan 2. Also Jason mentioned the fact
    that Trey has never lost a case ….Very interesting I thought it was reported
    there was some conflict that prevented Gowdy from working with
    POTUS ..So I found Jason remarks interesting.

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    • TwoLaine says:

      Trey Gowdy said last week that this was NOT gonna’ happen. He said he didn’t have enough time to read up on all the case files.

      Liked by 1 person

      • webgirlpdx says:

        I know, Two Laine…but since this was floated around a couple months ago and then the one year thing into play. You’d think Trey would have had a little time to ‘read up’ on it. Heck, you and I know enough about it all. You’d think he is.

        Maybe its just a shiny squirrel thing 🙂

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        • TwoLaine says:

          I think we can do a whole lot better, however, Trey does know how Congress works, or more appropriately, doesn’t work.

          Let’s just say we don’t need him when there are a plethora of other KILLERS to choose from.

          On another note, I heard about the one year thing. Why doesn’t that same rule apply to the creeps who moved from NSC into the DIMs impeachment farce as counsel?

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  13. DiogeneseVindicated says:

    I always try to apply the `if the shoe were on the other foot` thought process to these things. I am in complete agreement that the house impeachment is a farce. That said, if our side managed to deliver articles to the Senate, I would not want the Senate to blow it off on the pretext that `its all political and undeserving of consideration. If the dems did not face the consequence of an actual trial in the Senate, that assurance would actually embolden them to construct more articles of impeachment in the future. The game would become `dirty the president up` without fear of the truth becoming exposed.

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  14. IGiveUp says:

    “…if our side managed to deliver articles to the Senate, I would not want the Senate to blow it off on the pretext that `its all political and undeserving of consideration.”

    Plus, that’s a win for Dems. They can argue they had the case made but the Repubs were too scared to take the risk of a trial. Personally I feel McConnell and the other self-serving and UniParty Repubs will hold the prospect of “no trial” as leverage over the President. Trump doesn’t shy away from a battle and I don’t want to see him denied his day in court to clear his name.

    “If the glove do not fit you must acquit. ” Go Trump!

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  15. TwoLaine says:

    Mike Lee on Fox News at Night with Shannon Breem, same topic. Queued & ready. Watch

    Get it while you can.

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  16. DocHawk says:

    Many of us that follow Sundance and CTH want the Senate to ‘take ’em all out’ with a trial. Before we get too caught up in our quest for vengeance, we have to remember that our President has many more items on his agenda and he needs to have Mitch plus senators on board with him. There will be give and take with the Senate process. If there is a White House push to go after all involved with foreign or domestic subsidies (ahem!), it may sweep up some folks that Mitch is wanting to protect (ie Graham, etc). Let’s understand that the goal here is near total humiliation of the democratic party with punishment for the bad actors, acquittal of our leader VSGPDJT, and preservation of his support network. Just sayin’! I know I will likely be attacked for this bit of compromise but we need to be smart to achieve this outcome.

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  17. ATheoK says:

    “U.S-China trade agreement, phase-one, announced today and Senator McConnell comes out in full-throated defense of presidency. Perhaps just a coincidence.”

    China? McConnell? An accidental coincidence? With Chamber of Commerce Donohue lurking in the background? Right…
    CTH has been pointing out Mitch’s trolling for big deals surrounding the impeachment for weeks now.

    Mitch McConnell could have shut down the partisan impeachment weeks ago by announcing that the Senate would not recognize a purely political illegal and unconstitutional impeachment.

    In spite of Nadler’s, Schiff’s and Pelosi’s kangaroo court of falsehoods and fabrications, they’ve not demonstrated any evidence for any crimes or even misdemeanors or produced any credible witnesses; i.e. zip, zilch, nada, null, zero, void, absolute vacuum, empty, etc. etc.
    • No crimes.
    • No misdemeanors.
    • Impeachment does not follow the Constitution.
    • Impeachment rejects the reasons America’s founders framed impeachment as they did.
    • Impeachment rejects America’s established precedents regarding impeachment.
    • Impeachment follows the worst historical examples of partisan impeachments our founders wanted to avoid; e.g. British partisan/personal impeachments.

    In summary, the democrats are challenging the Constitution.
    Mitch McConnell could have adhered the Senate to the Constitution by requiring Presidential impeachment to follow the Constitution, Constitutional precedent and the intentions of America’s founders.

    Instead, Mitch is playing the impeachment for Mitch’s and the Chamber of Commerce’s benefit. Mitch has now officially damaged America, American Justice and America’s Constitution by giving credibility to a truly false impeachment.

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  18. saywhat64 says:

    Mc Connell statement and laugh starting at 10:17 is a riot. One of the best victory laughs I have ever seen. Worth the watch. Would make a great audio/visual GIF…

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  19. The MOST important thing is to get the whole rotten gang under oath at the Senate trial. All of them, including both Bidens, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, both Ohrs, McCabe, Rosenstein, Schiff himself, Nadler, all of them. At minimum they go away for perjury.
    McConnell has to use all means necessary to whip Romney and the RINOs into line

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  20. Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

    1:04 the Senate has no option but to deal with the impeachment, and “it’s the sole business until we finish”

    I’m interpreting this to mean the Senate can do no other business until the impeachment is finished. If so, then it’s not good to have a lengthy process, because there are more judicial appointments to make, USMCA needs to be passed, and there’s more business the GOP Senators need to deal with.

    Keep in mind that we have an election looming. If we screw up (please do not!) and give away the Senate majority to the Dems then this last year of Trump’s first term is crucial. They must get as much business done as possible. I pray Ginsbugr is retired early in 2020, McConnell said they’re going to go ahead and appoint her replacement.

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  21. sticknca says:

    I am confident that PDJT will win reelection, and that he believes that too.
    I am not as confident that the House will come back to the Republicans.
    While a quick dismissal may seem an attractive solution to get this over and done with, unless the House changes, 2020-24 will just be more of the same.
    For that reason, a full Senate trial should be the goal.

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    • Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

      I am not as confident that the House will come back to the Republicans.

      We have to make it happen otherwise we’re going to see the same crap over and over again that we’ve gone through since Jan 2019. More impeachments.

      Regarding your wish for a full Senate trial, check out my comment directly above. If the Senate is unable to do any other business while they are dealing with impeachment, then a full trial would be bad for us.

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  22. President Donald Trump will decide if he wants a long trial or a short trial. Not Mitch. President Trump. And he will base it on what he believes is best for the country.

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  23. Long before it reaches that point, the (un-)Constitutionality of what the Democrats are doing should be formally challenged in the Supreme Court. This is, simply, a “Bill of Attainder,” which is expressly prohibited in §1.9.3 and §1.10.1. It can and should be called nothing else.

    We’re not simply working to save this Presidency, but all future ones and the Supreme Court as well. If these people are allowed to think that Bills of Attainder can, in fact, be passed, then soon they will be passing bills that call for executions. This is, indeed, what history tells us, and I don’t want to see an Official Guillotine on the Capitol lawn.

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  24. Zombie says:

    Scott Adams argues for a quick dismissal/trail. It’s all about the art of persuasion which he has observed and written about extensively. People are more persuaded by the short and simple argument without a lot of complication. We all know the low attention span and low info general population. A trial with witnesses having to be called gives legitimacy to their articles of impeachment. People start wondering. He has more to say on his Twitter.

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    • mimbler says:

      I agree. Since the dems lie with reckless abandon, they will muddy the waters and confuse the issue in a long trial. The evening news will present only their side.

      Just acquit and dismiss. Preferably before the first day ends.

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  25. I think the Senate ought to declare this Bill of Impeachment defective on arrival because it was formed in the House in violation of numerous House Rules.. . . . , and pass a Senate Resolution saying so.

    For the Senate to entertain this garbage would only compound the assault on our constitution.

    Declare it null & void, kick it back and tell House Democrats to do it right, or don’t do it at all.

    Merry Christmas suckers!

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  26. gadeplorable says:

    I’ve been of the mindset to have a Senate trial and uncover more swampiness in the process. However, I really don’t want to see the Senate give the House coup any credibility whatsoever.

    If this does go to the Senate, I’d prefer to see it ended as quickly as possible. It doesn’t matter if there is a long trial and complete exoneration is the conclusion. We Deplorables already know that, I think most Independents and Moderate Dems know that, and the Leftist/Commie/Socialist Dems are never going to allow themselves to know that.

    End this garbage.

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  27. crasey says:

    The question to be answered is how best to make Pelosi’s impeachment push so costly that the dems wise up and abandon any thoughts of doing this again for anything so trivial. The Clinton model of giving the House an opportunity to argue their best case which ends with a humiliating failure may not be as satisfying as a lengthy defense tearing the case apart but ultimately more effective. Pelosi will have used every ounce of political power she has only to demonstrate to the electorate how powerless she is without the law or an electoral majority behind her. You don’t have to tie up the Senate for weeks or months to do that. You can do that in packed arenas and stadiums after sweeping Pelosi’s best case aside quickly.

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  28. Kenney says:

    I was for the short route but I have to say the reasoning was deep down inside I thought maybe something bad would come out later. If The Presidents lawyers are so confident this is not a issue I changed to lets go to the wall with this thing. Bring the roaches to the light.

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  29. aja says:

    Democrats are willing to fall on the sword and cut their losses hoping that McConnell wont have a trial. Unlike the Russian collusion saga where there were multiple layers of illegal activity before the WH, the WB has no degree of separation from Biden and Obama. The WB worked directly witrh Obama in the NSC and was Biden’s wingman on Ukraine.

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  30. Tim Cunningham says:

    Me, I like the idea of the Senate sending impeachment back to the house and saying “Redo the entire process under the Clinton Nixon rules or we will vote to dismiss.” Best of all worlds, it makes the Dems really own their actions, gives PDJT’s team the opportunity to present his case, call and cross-examine witnesses and it frees the Senate to do what it needs to until the Dems get it back to the senate 3 months or more down the road.

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  31. mauiis says:

    Interesting arguments pro and con re a full-on trial in the senate.

    I tend toward dropping this bucket of rotting fish heads but … imagine the unimaginable; the house remains under the control of Pelosi (or another such) after 2020.

    “…Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) told TMZ on Tuesday that she would support impeachment for a second time if the president is re-elected in 2020.”
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/10/democrat-rep-karen-bass-id-support-impeachment-again-if-trump-reelected/

    Now move a little deeper into the “Outer Limits” and imagine if you can, losing the senate along with the house.

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  32. Andy Texan says:

    The China deal is what McConnell wanted for a quick disposal of the impeachment. I do not think that is excessive quid prop quo.

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  33. Comrade Mope says:

    Mitch McConnell sends the House managers back because the charges are deficient. Then the Supreme Court rules on whether or not it truly is an impeachment or a bag of gas. If it makes it out of the House.

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  34. Sean Supsky says:

    The Senate, part of Congress, will not seek to curtail the powers of the legislative branch of government.

    President Trump was absolutely correct in seeking relief by going to the Judiciary Branch, the Supreme Court, they can determine the lawfulness of this abomination of an impeachment.

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  35. TwoLaine says:

    Someone is lying.

    I just heard Hannity on his radio show say that Lindsey told him they were getting it over quick, and Lindsey promises all of the scandals will be investigated at the highest level. Hannity is on board with Lindsey.

    Yeah, whatever…

    I’m gonna’ need a list of all of them with their crimes alleged or otherwise, your signature on that list along with the date of expected completion. Your income will be withheld until such time as they are all complete and the criminals are going to jail. You can’t play that BS with us anymore.

    Carter Page is on right now.

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  36. “No Bill of Attainder […] shall be passed.” (USC §1.9.3)

    The House Articles, if actually passed (and even now, as approved to be passed …), obviously constitutes a Bill of Attainder according to every possible legal definition of the term. Therefore, these Articles are unlawful, and also do not meet the “high crimes and misdemeanors” test set forth in the Constitution.

    We must not allow ourselves to be pushed into what the Founders of our country expressly considered and expressly forbade: an Executive and Judicial Branch which serves at the arbitrary pleasure of Congress and which can be impeached for “maladministration” at their pleasure. Bill Barr wrote an unsolicited 17-page legal brief on the subject before becoming Attorney General for the second time in US history. It is well worth re-reading.

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  37. Alec Rawls says:

    Disturbing assertion from McConnell that if the House votes to impeach then the Senate not only has an obligation under Senate rules to immediately commence an impeachment trial (reasonable enough), but that it must also be “the sole business until we finish,” which is insane.

    McConnell is threatening to run a do-nothing Senate unless the White House (or White House supporting senators) agree to forgo exposure of the Bidens’ corruption and the Democrats’ gross violation of the whistleblower law. Is this blackmail? No investigation or else McConnell will sink the whole party?

    If “sole business until concluded” is an actual existing Senate rule then Republicans can change it at will with or without Democrat support. Article I section 5 asserts that: “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings,” and Republicans control the Senate.

    Neither does the Constitution impose any “sole business until concluded” provision. It’s full text regarding impeachment trials (Art. I, section 3, clauses 6&7) says:

    “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

    Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

    Making Chiaramella, Yovanovitch, Schiff, Atkinson, Hunter and Joe testify publicly could be very good for truth, justice and most Republicans, but maybe not for McConnell. Is He really saying he CAN’T schedule a trial and continue to affirm conservative judges at the same time? Can’t, or won’t?

    The confirmation process is at this point little more than a sequence of pro forma comment/waiting periods that could probably be stepped off the same as now by scheduling intermittent confirmation sessions along with intermittent impeachment trial sessions.

    Under normal operation the Senate switches between Legislative Session and Executive Session (advice and consent) whenever it wants. Is there any actual reason it can’t include Impeachment Trial Sessions in the mix also however it wants?

    Sure wish we didn’t have to suspect McConnell and Graham of being dirty but if they wanted to expose Ukrainian Corruption and election meddling along with Democrat dirty tricks they could have been running their own public investigations all along.

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  38. bored identity says:

    “Perhaps just a coincidence.”

    Classic Sundance.

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  39. NannyG says:

    Outrage of the day is that Sen. McConnell is coordinating with the White House on Senate trial. Dems and the media are saying that the Senate are “jurors” and should not be communicating with the defense lawyers. However, this link to the Clinton trial shows that the Senators are “judges” not “jurors.” This is greatly significant and allows the Senate much more discretion in handling the process and outcome of the trial. https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/library/politics/011699impeach-harkin.html

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  40. Alfred Barnes says:

    McConnell will unite his base, even if they aren’t his constituents, in the Senate. The McConnell gambit will be to bring Graham to heel, since he’s implicated in Ukraine corruption. This leaves a McConnell – Trump partnership for a second term. The showdown will be on the federal spending and the debt ceiling, with the real question being, how do we unwind the federal government and hand power back to the American People, as Trump stated he would do in his first inaugural speech.

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  41. salminella says:

    I doubt Mitch wants a lengthy hearing. Swamp rats do not want rocks turned over. Short circuiting is in his interest as well (and his wife’s).

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