Senators Vote to Avoid Further Witness Testimony – Now Privately Debating Next Steps….

The Senate voted 51-49 on a motion to support prior constitutional precedent and avoid further witness testimony in the Senate.  Republican Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney voted with Democrats to break constitutional framework and support witness testimony in the Senate that did not originate from House impeachment process.

Senators are now recessed for dinner while holding meetings within their caucus to debate next steps.  A disagreement within the republican caucus seems to be framed around Senators wishing to have debate time to present their own personal positions on the Senate floor prior to a final vote to remove or acquit President Trump.

One likely scenario is a vote on a resolution tonight outlining next steps, open to amendment and voting; then recess for the evening around 9pm, and a return at 11:00am Monday.  That would position a final acquittal vote for Wednesday.

  • Friday night: A Senate vote organizing a resolution for the following:
  • Monday: Closing arguments by House Managers and Defense.
  • Tuesday: Open deliberations. Senators speak.
  • Wednesday: A vote on the articles of impeachment

The situation is fluid.

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156 Responses to Senators Vote to Avoid Further Witness Testimony – Now Privately Debating Next Steps….

  1. FrankieZee says:

    Turkey Neck, end this shit show tonight.

    Liked by 15 people

  2. What happened to The Senate sitting 6 days a week during an impeachment trial?

    Wrap this sham up tomorrow, for goodness sake.

    Liked by 16 people

    • lieutenantm says:

      no delays….no fluidity….do it now ….acquit trump now!!!!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rileytrips says:

      Exactly! Give 2-3 hours for debate if necessary, no more than 10 min for each Senator who wants to participate. Then hold the floor vote to acquit the President. They could leave DC by early afternoon, and be home to watch the Super Bowl, or campaign for the Presidency….whatever.

      Liked by 2 people

      • TRProst says:

        10 mins per Senator would take over 17 hours.

        After closing arguments McConnell and Schumer should each get two hours to make final remarks which they can yield to any to Senator they want. Dems go first, Republicans last.

        Then vote.

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        • jnr2d2 says:

          Actually, a vote the day after the State of the Union (which is GREAT) puts pressure on all Senators to vote against impeachment — otherwise they look like idiots trying to impeach the greatest effective President in modern times!! Also, the night of the SOTU, Democrats sitting and not applauding the great accomplishments of the Administration (ie Trump) will make them look small and helpless and embittered. Depression on both days!!! Both coming after the Iowa caucus, where the 12 dwarf’s are running (we think) will make the Democrats be further depressed!!!
          OH, the Glorious spectacle.

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          • teabag14 says:

            jnr2d2: I love your perspective. I pray that it is accurate & that the delay is purposeful to our lasting benefit. Thank you for your post. 🤞👍

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        • ATheoK says:

          Agreed TRPost!
          After reading the day of closing arguments which is actually the democrats whining and having fits for several hours followed by more logic and argument by Republicans…

          Followed by an entire day of Senators overrunning their speech time slots strikes one as equivalent to having one’s eye teeth pulled while some democrats scratch blackboards while other democrats mate with cats of their gender.

          Unpleasant scarcely begins to describe the horror.

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    • mopar2016 says:

      Collins and Romney just keep voting with the dems.
      What a freakin disgrace they are.

      Liked by 7 people

  3. I thought they had to stay in session 6 days a week, 12 hours a day, until the trial ends. Why is McConnell purposely delaying acquittal until after SOTU? WTF? It’s not right. Who needed that payoff?

    Liked by 8 people

    • Jan says:

      Probably the Dimm Senators running for President.

      Liked by 1 person

    • evergreen says:

      To take credit and get maximum exposure of MAGA on the eve of expulsion vote. Voters would be extra livid if they witnessed the MAGA results only to be rewarded with firing the president. Makes voting against him that much harder.

      Liked by 1 person

    • booger71 says:

      Just like to open the trial, the vote to end trial has to be unanimous consent, and Chuck wouldn’t commit his Dem votes to end and have vote unless his Senators get some face time blathering on the Senate floor.

      Liked by 1 person

    • JL says:

      I hope it’s to give Mike Pompeo some time in the Ukraine to collect whatever evidence it is that he’s collecting. Mitch wants to keep the trial open until Pompeo returns.

      You will notice that Ambassador Yovanowitch got retired today in a surprising move.

      I’m nowhere near certain, but I see possibility that groundwork is being laid to execute a counter attack in the Senate that will use the same sham impeachment that Dems weaponized to try to remove President Trump.

      If so, it could be glorious.

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  4. johnnybiface says:

    They better finish before the State of the Union. If they don’t, there only doing it to Shame the President and the America. Just out of corrupt and corrosive spice. The Democrat and their accessories in this party are revolutionaries against the American people and the Constitution.

    I know no one can out nasty and out lie the Democrat and their pool boys and girls in the media. but they are what they are. We must reject and smash back twice as hard to preserve this union for ourselves and for future true Americans.

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    • The Boss says:

      Who says the SOTU can’t be postponed?
      (“Sorry Nancy, but your boy Schumer is holding up the show.”)
      Perhaps delivered in another venue following acquittal?
      (You think 175,000 ticket requests was big?)

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  5. Wethal says:

    The Iowa caucuses are on Monday. Don’t the candidates have to be there in person?

    Liked by 5 people

  6. Miya says:

    The fluid is the p!ss currently being dumped on Americans while Cocaine Mitch and the rest of the Deep State insists it’s raining.

    I don’t even care what their vote is anymore. My eyes have been opened. This is most corrupt group of power-hungry, immoral assholes I’ve ever seen in the modern western world.

    Liked by 20 people

  7. Blue Wildflower says:

    This is not good enough! We do not have time for Senators to get tv time to help themselves. Vote and clear President Trump. Nobody cares what they think, they work for us, they better clear him.
    The two turncoats should be thrown out of the Republican Party. Turn your backs when you see them coming down the hall. These people represent us not themselves.

    Liked by 6 people

    • The Devilbat says:

      Boris Johnson threw a whole bunch of Brexit remainers out of the British conservative Party so throwing out a couple of RINO’s should be no big deal.

      Liked by 10 people

      • TarsTarkas says:

        Boris had the luxury of being able to force a snap election, even though the Remainers tried to thrwart him by refusing to call a no confidence vote. One of the good features of the Parliamentary system. Our system makes snap elections impossible and it harder to remove elected officials. When you only have a 3-vote majority, even if they only vote Republican 10% of the time, it’s still 10% better than nothing.

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  8. ezpz2 says:

    Ridiculous!

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  9. freepetta says:

    As always, I’m completely disappointed in the Republicans. There should be no question President Trump is INNOCENT!! He did nothing wrong!!

    Liked by 8 people

  10. gringz says:

    That really sucks. The idea of the SOTU being held before he is acquitted makes me sick, and plays right into the Dems hands. I wonder what costumes Pelosi will instruct the Dem women to wear this year, and imagine her behind him , she made an ass of herself last year, acting like she was reading and doing that mocking clapping . And who will be their choices of guests? Will Cryin Chuck be parading Lev Parnas in there?

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    • The Devilbat says:

      They should all dress in snake costumes.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      How does Donald Trump giving a State of the Union play into the Dems hands.?

      He will be standing right before all of the very people who tried to take him down with a
      2 year fake Special Counsel investigation
      immediately succeeded by a totally concocted rigged impeachment…..

      A MOAB followed by a NUKE and…..

      He BEAT THEM ALL.

      AGAIN

      “Madam Speaker…..THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!”

      This is literally the ULTIMATE FINGER……. right in their face.

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    • shirley49 says:

      I don’t think we have to worry about Trump. He will probably mop the floor with them. He is not like our so called previous Rep. Pres. who let these scumbags Dems sh*t all over them.

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  11. Newhere says:

    I believe the President asked to delay the SOTU until after impeachment, and Nancy agreed?

    He should NOT deliver the SOTU until this mess is over.

    If Mitch can’t get R senators to understand their personal bloviating cannot upstage the President, AFTER ALL OF THIS …… I am just at a loss

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  12. Tiffthis says:

    So this is gonna go right up to the SOTU? On a side note Brennan was on TV saying today that Nancy should cancel the SOTU and not let an impeached president make that address 🤬

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  13. Magabear says:

    If Senators want to bloviate about their views on shampeachment, fine, they can hold court anytime they want. But they can do it after acquital just as well as before the acquital vote. Vote to end this charade tonight and Schmuck Shumer, Pierre Dilecto and whoever else can spend all day Saturday and the rest of next week telling us of their anguish during the trial.

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    • I don’t want them to vote to convict or acquit. I want to see the Articles dismissed as being Unconstitutional. Because, for the very first time in the history of our Republic, these Articles do not meet the strict Constitutional standard that our Founders so carefully devised and explained.

      I do want to hear what any Senator has to say. I do want to give them that opportunity. This is the first time the Senate has had any opportunity to say or to do anything about what’s been going on all this time, and I do want them to be able to make the most of it … before issuing their judgment or dismissal. I want to hear from the grown-ups, at long last.

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  14. As a man thinkth says:

    The rhinos are trying to hold the door open..Lawfare needs time to drop another MOAB to the NY Times and steal the narrative for the Sunday talk shows….

    Liked by 5 people

  15. rjones99 says:

    it’s done. stabbed by our own party again. no acquittal until wed night *after* sotu.

    those sob’s in the senate…we MUST rid ourselves of the vermin, those disgusting cockroaches.

    what do we have to do as voters? we voted a repub house, we voted a repub senate, we FINALLY had to put in Trump. AND now these disgusting mthrfckrs stab us again.

    Im inclined to put in dems and just dare them to remove Trump. If they do, and our revolt fails, we’ve lost nothing. with these fcking traitor repibs in office we get nowhere…status quo.

    ENOUGH! I SAY FIRE THEM ALL!

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  16. Rileytrips says:

    These elected politicians are pure evil – they have blackened souls and hearts. Only the good Lord knows what they have done in their careers to compromise themselves. This week we ALL saw the measure of their character. We know now.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. luke says:

    Idk SD once I think maybe the UniParty May be dissolving something like this happens. Yes it’s over for all intensive purposes. 51 to 49 seems too close to me. What a perfect outcome to get The GOPe off the hook all while validating the DNC particularly with the 2 defectors. I think I have a solution to the Collins of the world but it has to be closer to the election and they have to be in it. If we’re not fortunate enough to primary at the command of the GEOTUS right before early voting Republicans throw support behind the Democrat. Wth the difference. That Romney make me want eat a hammer and spit nails. 😡

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  18. luke says:

    No I want to see Trump use his bully pulpit and address AMERICA. He must take the high road as this is the SoU. Screw them all we don’t let the left set agenda.

    Liked by 4 people

    • rjones99 says:

      Gee. What was that they just did… since oct 2018? because it kind-of of looked like smear trump 7×24 to me…them our repub “friends” gave them a solid week of televised trump slurring. And now Trump should take the high road? Seriously? You might fit in better with those delicate souls over at National Review

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      • rjones99 says:

        No final vote until next wed now, thanks to the gutless repubs. they should be ending this farce tonight. traitors. they need to be FIRED.

        There will be no progress against the corruption, no ending of these attacks, no end to warping/twisting/wrecking the constitution with these republicans.

        There is simply no way out of turning this into a fight. You can pretend otherwise, but if we dont choose to fight now, trump is a waste of time.

        there’s literally nobody helping him. If we want our country back, we’re going to have to take it.

        I propose the first step is to just vote the republicans out and put in the dems. when the dems make their move, thats when we either move and fight or give up.

        Are we good with just leaving things like they are? The people in charge should be in jail, not running a country. They are crooks, thieves, liars…scum. Are we okay with that? Are we just going to dump this mess on our kids? If so, we ought to be ashamed.

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      • ms doodlebug says:

        Do remember many of the Republican Senators speak eloquently and get to the point very quickly. They also will have the opportunity to say why they voted ‘against’ witnesses – and why they will be voting for acquittal. I have not, on the other hand, seen one democrat who can speak with the same clarity.

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      • luke says:

        You can’t turn the State of the Union Address into a Trump rally. This is an excellent time to give an excellent speech. Thank God Trump understands optics I suspect he will make it count.

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    • ElTocaor says:

      I’m confident he will. I think he gets too little credit for his magnanimity. He’s very magnanimous, especially during official duties of his Office.

      He’s going to make us very proud.

      Liked by 2 people

  19. Here we go… Schumer has started with his expected amendments intended to stall and prolong the proceedings

    Liked by 4 people

  20. MD says:

    Every time there is a major issue to be voted on in the senate the same three names are in the headlines. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Pierre Delecto. Why?

    Liked by 4 people

  21. Yy4u says:

    Mitt Romney needs to officially change parties. If he doesnt, McConnell needs to remove him from all committes and pretend he isn’t there. His TDS has rendered him useless as a Republican. Same with Susan Collins. When we contribute to RNC we contribute to these two Democrats and deprjve a proper Republican from running for their seat. Primary Collins. If she loses, so what’s the loss. Thank you Ursh, Maine. Montana (Tester) and West VA (Manchin). Look how your party members stick together to do their leader’s bidding. Their leader being Chuck Schumer.

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  22. nimrodman says:

    Schumer is badgering Roberts to rule whether Roberts can cast a tie-breaking vote

    Roberts says NO, citing some history, says customary procedure if vote is 50-50, motion fails to pass

    Schumer probably trying to get this on the record for future 50-50s

    Then Schumer makes a proposal to call witnesses Mulvaney and others

    Then offers some amendment – not sure if that was the witnesses request or something else

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  23. CM-TX says:

    Worth saying again…

    Liked by 11 people

  24. nimrodman says:

    Schumer’s amendment passed? – was it to to subpoena Administration officials Mulvaney and others?

    Or was it McConnel’s motion to table the amendment that passed?

    Now he’s offering an amendment to subpoena Bolton

    McConnell makes motion to table Schumer’s amendment

    Hmmm – looks like it’s the tabling motions that are passing

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  25. kleen says:

    It should have ended. Now Demoncraps will have a chance to come with new creative attacks. more “bombshells” .

    They must be calling the NYT right now.

    It will be a Loooooong weekend.

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  26. Deborah Fehr says:

    thats exactly it. they cant have Trump winning too much. What a glorious feeling it would have been to have Trump up there gloating at Nancy. What happened to them saying it would all be over by today? They didnt get the votes, what else can they ask for?

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  27. Deborah Fehr says:

    thats exactly it. they cant have Trump winning too much. What a glorious feeling it would have been to have Trump up there gloating at Nancy. What happened to them saying it would all be over by today? They didnt get the votes, what else can they ask for?

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  28. bertdilbert says:

    What a bunch of crybabies. Be thankful that we do not have further witnesses. This would have dragged on until November. Eventually, they would have dragged out Sundance’s cat to testify to force it out another day.

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  29. I would like to see the Senators be given time to offer their own positions and perhaps motions, because this is the very first time in over four long years that the Senate has been given any opportunity to do or to say anything.

    I specifically want to hear a motion to declare these Articles to be unconstitutional. Because, for the very first time in the American history of impeachment, these Articles legitimately are unconstitutional:

    • Contrary to §1.3.7, this person is not “liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.” He has not been accused of any violation of the Law.

    • Contrary to §1.9.3, these articles are a “Bill of Attainder.”

    The Senate, which “tries all impeachments,” not merely those being impeached, does have the authority to make this declaration – and, it needs to. The Founders of our country were extremely specific on this point. Articles which fail to meet their standard should be declared “null and void.” Lest Lawfare simply try this stunt a second time, or a third, or a fourth, or a …

    I think that the Senate was entirely correct to let both parties speak for a good long time. It has literally thousands of pages of testimony and video recordings to examine at its leisure. But it also has the nation’s very first unconstitutional Articles of Impeachment. And I believe that it must declare them to be so.

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    • bertdilbert says:

      Lots of time for Nadler to display overwhelming tears.

      Liked by 1 person

    • zorrorides says:

      It’s the ol’ You, Me, and WSB.

      And we are right, ya know.

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    • rjones99 says:

      nonsense. they want to blab until wed to keep trump under control in the sotu.

      i hope trump dumps a truck full of dung on ALL of them and then dates them to not acquit.

      lets just have the fight and stop putting off.

      are you kidding me? after that complete nonsense spectacle in the house and then the platform allowing continuous slurs from SCHIFF of all the liars in the universe? Give senators time to pontificate on that? are you completely insane? end it now or get fired! that should be our message.

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  30. Pew-Anon says:

    All four amendments tabled, but three days allotted for Individual Senator statements. Plenty of time for more “bombshell leaks” allowing Dems to demand more investigation.

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    • (Yawn …) That’s what the House was supposed to do, before bringing anything to the Senate. When “a higher Court” reviews the work of “a lower Court,” it does not “re-do” what the lower Court has done. The House was supposed to conduct all of its investigations, and(!) to afford the accused the opportunity to properly defend himself, before finally bringing its “inescapable conclusions” (koff, koff …) to the Senate for consideration.

      The only thing that these House Representatives actually did was to make utter fools of themselves and to put a wooden stake through the heart of their future political careers. This country is going to very quickly rid itself of these jerks, and we will not miss them.

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      • Pew-Anon says:

        Nothing about this process was they way it was supposed to be done. That’s the point. Why should they suddenly get on track now? You watch. There will some new revelation that Schiff/Schumer will insist upon investigating or continuing the trial. That’s not how it’s supposed to go? Add it to the list.

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  31. I think I’ll stick my neck out here and say that I would approve of the timeline set out in this article:

    • Friday: The Senate agrees to call it a day.
    The Weekend: “Democrats bloviate.” (Bring the popcorn.)
    • Monday: A final opportunity for the Democrats to embarrass themselves, and for White House counsel to conduct itself with grace, restraint and professionalism.
    • Tuesday: The Senators speak. A motion is made to dismiss the Articles as Unconstitutional, therefore “null and void.” (Which it genuinely is – and for the first time in history.) The motion carries, just before the State of the Union Address.

    Yes, in every prior impeachment case until this one, the Constitutional standard had been met. (Although the law that President Johnson had violated was later found to be unconstitutional.) These articles are different. This time, the bar has not been crossed. And I want to give the Senate the formal opportunity to say so. I also, frankly, want to give them the opportunity to say whatever they want to say, since this is the first time in four years that “the grown-ups in the room” have had the chance to say anything about this at all.

    Yes, I can wait.

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    • zorrorides says:

      Thank you for your firm stand, Mike Robinson. Appearances are we’ve been talking to a vacuum, but your comment here may become an accurate proved prophesy.

      If even one Senator had been yelling “Bill of Attainder! Bill of Attainder!” to the American public for the past month, everything would be different now.

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      And Philbin actually brought up bills of attainder for a few minutes in his Day 7 presentation I believe, so kudos for that.

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  32. Troublemaker10 says:

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  33. Ok now that impeachment is settled till Wed. Time to watch the Brexit party.

    Oh wait, anyone got the transcript of PDJT calling Boris and Nigel to congratulate them for Brexit? You know there has to be something incriminating in that call.

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  34. “The situation is fluid.” So are We-the-People. Choose wisely my Senators.

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  35. Genie says:

    I would expect Schiffty to plead with Pelosi and Schumer to let him give the Democrats’ response to the SOTU. He would gladly push the Michigan governor out of the way so he could keep bloviating about “overwhelming evidence.”

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  36. Cathy M. says:

    “Justice Roberts just shut down Chuckie Schumer’s Hail Mary (awesome)…
    Posted by Kane on January 31, 2020 7:56 pm”

    “I think it would be inappropriate for me, an unelected official from a different branch of government to assert the power to change that result so that the motion would succeed.”

    VIDEO
    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/justice-roberts-just-shut-down-chuckie-schumers-hail-mary/

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  37. rjones99 says:

    Guys. Come on. Why is everyone not seeing what the repubs have done here?

    This thing shouldve been killed instantaneously and the House told the procedure was illegitimate. Not one single repub wouldve been hurt by that because Nov is a year away and Durham is between now and then. Impeachment would have been long gone. Pretending any of this was politically necessary is a big fat lie.

    Instead of killing it, they gave Dems a live TV platform – more than 12 hr each day – for the House and the media to smear Trump full time. The lies were risible. They turned truth and the constitution on their heads. Yeah the president’s lawyers did a good job, but the format – determined by our buddy McConnell – significantly undermined the defense’s effectiveness.

    How can anybody view this as anything other than treachery? These are our supporters, our representatives? They knifed us, pure and simple. They stabbed us right in the back every time Schiff stood up. And most of us still fail yo even recognize how badly they treated us. Instead, our side is jubilant in praising our “victory.”

    The final cherry on this crap cake is not acquitting until Wed. Now they have all weekend and a couple days to continue the kavanaugh-fck maneuver they’ve perfected. And we’re happy.

    They’re screwing us and laughing at us at the same time. When will it ever be time to shove back? Are we just going to sit back and be mocked like we’re nothing but a bunch of stupid rubes? Because if we do, we may as well admit that’s exactly what we are. Are we just whiners on the CTH website? Really?

    Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, what are you?

    And Mr President, where the heck is our supposed savior, AG Barr?

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    • Coast says:

      For the record I agree. The heroes in my opinion are the House republicans. They did the heavy lifting and fought hard. The Senate republicans for the most part suck.

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  38. IGiveUp says:

    “Senators are now recessed for dinner while holding meetings within their caucus to debate next steps.”

    Should keep Romney out and put the pressure on the Utah voters. Call him Judas. Appeal to religion.
    Collins is a fence-sitting zero and a typical opportunist like the rest but Maine won’t allow a conservative to be Senator.

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  39. Kitty-Kat says:

    It looks like the only reason Romney wanted a Senate seat was so that he could act out his malice toward President Trump.

    Susan Collins seems to be addicted to the attention she gets for being a “contrarian”.

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  40. Coast says:

    The media narrative now is that President Trump is guilty of asking a foreign country for help to win re-election, but that he will unfortunately win acquittal on a “technicality”. That’s shameful and must be defeated. People like Lamar needs to get his act together. Does anyone of reasonable intelligence really think that President Trump is politically afraid of sleepy Joe Biden? I truly hope his defense team hammers both issues….it’s not impeachable…but just as important….he didn’t do what the democrats claim.

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    • “Uh huh, and who sez that ‘he is guilty?'” Where does this apparently-unquestionable narrative actually come from? “Yeah, we get it. Propaganda.”

      Pretty-please grab a page from Pravda. Even in the very worst of the Soviet days, “they did it much better than you do.” (The difference of course being that they were perfectly aware that they were doing it. Even though they could not “officially” confess this to a General Public that was also perfectly aware.)

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    • GB Bari says:

      Yeah. The “technicality” is the U.S. Constitution.

      DemonRATs always consider the Constitution a nuisance that gets in their way..

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  41. Ray says:

    These jackasses should work late and over the weelend to end this farce as soon as possible.

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  42. todayistheday99 says:

    I say … get a firing squad and line up all 49 + Shifty and show the world what happens to traitors. I’ve had it. This is the final straw that broke the 🐪’s back. It’s beyond any possible reasonable doubt that 49 + Shifty are treasonous scum.

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  43. JaimeInTexas says:

    Will Rand Paul get to mention the question not read by Presiding Judge?

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