.MaddowBlog: Senate Majority Leader McConnell lacks the votes for Pres. Trump’s preferred impeachment plan.
The White House expected to work hand-in-glove with McConnell to rig the impeachment trial in the president's favor. Those efforts are off to a rough start.
Senate Republicans indicated on Monday that they would not seek to summarily dismiss the impeachment charges against President Trump, proceeding instead to a trial with arguments and the possibility of calling witnesses that could begin as soon as Wednesday. […]
All of which suggests that there will, in fact, be a Senate impeachment trial. Once it gets underway, the president has also made clear that he doesn’t want the chamber to hear from witnesses (though he used to believe the opposite). Is there a chance he’ll get his wish on this front?
Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses. In addition to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah and possibly Cory Gardner of Colorado, the White House also views Rand Paul of Kentucky as a “wild card” and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee as an “institutionalist” who might vote to call witnesses, as one official put it.
And why is all of this important? In large part because, as Rachel noted on the show last night, it serves as a reminder that while we think we know how the president’s impeachment proceedings will conclude – it would take 67 votes to remove him from office in a chamber in which the Democratic caucus has 47 members – the process may yet bring some surprises.Read more: MSNBC
Former GOP Rep. Justin Amash says Trump 'sells troops,' White House 'made up' Iran threatThe independent Michigan congressman joined several Republican lawmakers in blasting the strike on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani without Congress' approval. Actually Mad King Donald said that. We are now the Hessians Cow Dung !!
Trump White House says it's snowing in DC but nobody else sees itThe temperature in Washington D.C. was roughly 53 degrees fahrenheit when the White House shared a photo claiming that it was snowing. The lies are becoming more unhinged. that was like 'the eagle has landed' its a code for something who is he sending that to? He scares me You liberals are so easily triggered.
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Trump is making the judicial branch white and male againWith ruthless efficiency and speed, and with little consideration of Democratic objections, Trump has managed to largely blunt and even reverse his predecessors’ efforts to diversify the federal judiciary by appointing dozens of white men to the bench. Like the Oscars Can he even name the other two branches (or spell USA)? Lordy - what shall we do? Bad white men 😂😂😂
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After Trump pressure, GOP leadership says Senate caucus doesn't have enough votes to dismiss impeachment articles'Certainly there aren't 51 votes for a motion to dismiss,' said GOP Senator Roy Blunt. who knew you could find a whole 4 of the GOP to do the right thing? color me shocked