The Hill reports McConnell Proposes Compressed Schedule for Impeachment Trial.
House impeachment managers will have 24 hours over two days to make their opening arguments when they begin to present their case against President Trump to the Senate Wednesday, according to a resolution circulated by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
President Trump’s team similarly will have two days to present their arguments and then senators will have a chance to ask questions and consider subpoenas of witnesses.
The resolution, as expected, does not require additional witnesses to be subpoenaed and does not allow House prosecutors to admit evidence into the Senate trial record until after the opening arguments are heard.
“McConnell’s resolution stipulates that key facts be delivered in the wee hours of the night simply because he doesn’t want tThe resolution includes language favored by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other GOP moderates requiring a debate and vote on subpoenaing new witnesses and documents.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who worked with McConnell and Collins to modify the resolution, said it “guarantees a vote on whether we need additional evidence at the appropriate time.”he American people to hear them,” Schumer said.
With Collins on board, this is a done deal.
Protests and howls will ensue.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer
After reading his resolution, it’s clear Sen. McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses & documents and intent on rushing the trial through
On something as important as impeachment—Sen. McConnell’s resolution is nothing short of a national disgrace pic.twitter.com/hyDVTYqdC5
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 20, 2020
March for Truth?
We're with you. Not only does a majority want Trump removed, 69% say the Senate trial should feature new witnesses, 58% say he abused his power, and 57% say he obstructed the House impeachment inquiry. #ImpeachmentTrial https://t.co/wJ4dWgzBGM
— #MarchForTruth (@MarchForTruth17) January 20, 2020
Hells bells, no one wants the “truth”. Both sides only want “their truth”.
Regardless of what you you think the “truth” might be, Trump is going to be acquitted.
My personal opinion, which does not matter one iota, is that Impeachment was at best a stretch to begin with.
I have commented before that I do not believe Trump committed crimes worthy of being removed from office.
There’s a fine line between questionable political moves and removal from office. And some might debate the word “questionable”.
Regardless, it was 99% clear from the beginning that Trump would never be removed from office.
The irony in this charade game is that it is not even clear if removing Trump from office would help the Democrats.
Consider the fact that If Trump were removed from office, Republicans would put up a different candidate, most likely not not necessarily, vice president Mike Pence.
Instead of having a lightning rod, namely Trump, to campaign against, it would be someone else.
Curiously, a quick acquittal accompanied with protests is actually in the Democrat’s best interests.
The Democrats will howl for months about how “unjust” this all is.
Some independants will believe it. At this point, that is all that matters.
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