Here’s how Republicans are fending off witnesses.

Republican senators are trying a variety of arguments to shut down efforts to call witnesses in the impeachment trial.

24.1.2020

Republican senators are trying a variety of arguments to shut down efforts to call witnesses in the impeachment trial. Here are some of the most common:

Republican senators are trying a variety of arguments to shut down efforts to call witnesses in the impeachment trial.

With President Trump’s acquittal all but certain, Republican leaders have narrowed their focus to one overriding strategic goal: ensuring that the Senate does not vote in favor of calling new witnesses or allowing in evidence that could prolong the impeachment trial and scramble the ultimate outcome. In the hallways of the Capitol, Republican senators were trying out at least a half dozen arguments, all of them apparently aimed at a handful of fellow Republicans who have expressed openness to gathering additional evidence. Here’s a look at some of their most common refrains: A vote for witnesses would surely result in a protracted legal fight to secure testimony, prolonging the trial and paralyzing the government indefinitely. Calling witnesses now would reward the House for rushing its case. The House impeachment managers have claimed to have all the evidence they need to prove Mr. Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors, so why bother with more information? “The number of times they have made it very clear that they have clear and convincing evidence and that the evidence is all clear and convincing,” said Senator Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota. “Time and time again, they have told us how much they’ve gotten.” A fight over access to witnesses could force the courts to settle tricky questions about the scope of the president’s executive privilege, which could result in rulings that could weaken the presidency. “I don’t want to call John Bolton because they could have chosen to call him and they refused to,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. He was referring to House Democrats, who did not subpoena Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser after it became clear he would refuse to appear. “I’m not going to destroy executive privilege, I’m not going to let the House put me in this box,” Mr. Graham added. Be careful what you wish for. Some Republicans are playing hardball, threatening to call witnesses pleasing to Mr. Trump, like Hunter Biden or the anonymous whistle-blower whose complaint prompted the impeachment inquiry, that could turn the trial into a circus. The idea, in part, is to send a warning to moderate Republican senators who have signaled they might be open to witnesses that they should not go down that path. 1:06 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020 By Republicans urge White House team to issue vigorous defense. Complaining they were tired of listening to the Democratic impeachment managers repeat the same arguments day after day, and piqued by closing remarks made by Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Republican senators close to President Trump began urging his defense team to mount a vigorous rebuttal focused on the substance of Democrats’ case, not just the process. Seizing on the House managers’ decision to talk at length about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son, Hunter Biden, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, called on the White House defense team to “make a compelling case that there is something, based on good government and foreign policy, to look at here.” Senator John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming, said in an interview that he would encourage the president’s lawyers “to clarify some of these videos” of witness testimony “that have been played that are clipped in ways that don’t really tell the whole story.” Read more Republicans urge White House team to issue vigorous defense. “This will be the first time that the president’s story will be able to be told,” Mr. Barrasso said. ADVERTISEMENT 12:47 p.m. Jan. 24, 2020 By Read more: The New York Times

Our Constitution says the Chief Justice 'shall preside' at an impeachment trial because Scotus is our ideal of impartiality. Our Founding Fathers wanted trial procedures to be guided by evidence, not perverted by whichever faction has a majority in a Senate biased by politics. No they have the same arguments they’ve had all along. You really are EnemyOfThePeople

Dang, these guys don’t even try to be neutral, so much journalism Republican senators are trying a variety of arguments to shut down efforts to call these dudes I know in the impeachment trial. Here are some of the most common: This is their only defence. They brought witnesses to testify against Jesus but none of them were credible. Neither will these be. Jesus brought them all to nothing by being raised from the dead. Nothing they do will work either. We can't stop what God has started.

What are so flippen afraid of The sooner this Democrat farce is shut down the better! First settle Your country issues.Then talk abt India. Shout, whisper, chat, scream. Not sure how many different ways there are to argue. I'm sure I'm missing some tho.

#VoteThemAllOut2020 trends as Trump's Republican allies stand firm behind the president during impeachment trialTwitter users voiced frustration at the tactics employed by Republican senators, seeking to block new witnesses. Huge FakeNews Alert here… Hi! Are you need Logo, flyer, poster, brochure, business card, banner etc design for promote your business? Check out my gig on fiverr fiverr graphicdesign flyer Poster USA Designer WOLLIV Traore coronovirus

You're trying a variety of spin which is making you look more and more like fakenews that you are. LindseyGrahamSC Americans aren’t stupid. We know that speaking about Hunter Biden is a ploy to deflect from the truth. Stop your antics tedcruz senatemajldr GOP and allow WitnessesAndDoucuments. Only the truth will set you free! TrumpImpeachmentTrial

The GOP senators should stop lib Dems sham impeachment. This is nothing but a show of one party hatred of Pres Trump, since day one of his presidency. Why? their goal of dumping all the illegals were stopped—so gain votes from the illiterate masses.their evil agenda is stalled

Schumer still has ‘hope’ new evidence and witnesses will be part of the Senate trial.Senator Chuck Schumer said there are 'a lot of conversations going on,” but denied reports that there were discussions of a deal with Republicans to exchange witnesses in President Trump’s impeachment trial Shady Schumer. TRUMP AFFIRMS, THE TRUE 'AMERICAN DREAM' IS TO HAVE A LITTLE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, THIS ALLOWS THE 'PRIVILEGE' OF BEING THROUGH THE NORTH AMERICAN LAWS, Another BEAUTIFUL day in the land of TRUMP! GOD Bless America! TRUMP2020KAG!!!!

This mom was tired of being broke, so she started saving. Here's how she did it“I don’t even notice the money coming out of my account—it’s cool to see it add up and make a difference.' Wha? She didn't ask for handouts or freebies? Impossible! daveramsey approved

Impeachment trial: Republicans steamrolled what may have been Democrats' only chance for witnessesDemocrats have acknowledged what may have been their last chance to force subpoenas for witnesses and documents the White House denied to House impeachment investigators has come and gone. There will be documents and witnesses. I can hear the Doobie Brothers, 'Taking It To The Streets' playing in my head. America, it's time to roll. We win even if we lose, we are on a higher moral ground than they will ever be.

Republican senator Rick Scott says he's 'absolutely' open to calling witnesses for Trump's senate trial'I think we ought to go through the right process,' the lawmaker from Florida said. Rhymes with dick. Then DO IT!!

Trump's trial may hinge on Lamar AlexanderIf the retiring Republican senator embraces a call for witnesses, it would upend plans for a quick Trump acquittal. The case is proven 10x over but GOP senators live in fear of their king. The fix is in... The only recourse is VoteBlueNoMatterWho Don't matter if he's retiring, he won't go against the dear leader, he's one of the 53 who voted against new witness testimony, so what makes you think he'll change his mind?



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