Opinion | It’s time to ditch the second impeachment article to bring in witnesses

By abandoning one charge, the House might save the other.

25.1.2020

Opinion: Impeachment managers must now choose the disastrous or the unpalatable

By abandoning one charge, the House might save the other.

was not inclined to call witnesses whom the House failed to pursue in its rushed vote. The decision sits now with the House managers. They can either just grab face time on national television or they can move to deal with their blunder and try to resuscitate this case. They might be able to do so but they will have to offer more than a witness swap. A better compromise might be found in sacrificing one of the two articles themselves. To put it simply, it may be time to dismiss Article II. The obstruction-of-Congress article was dead on arrival, but holding a vote to dismiss the article anyway would allow the Senate to go on the record in opposition to the House handling of this impeachment. AD It just might be enough to open a path for witnesses on Article I and the abuse-of-power charge. AD The House destroyed any chance for an obstruction article when it made an impeachment by Christmas its overriding priority. The short period set by the House did not allow the White House to challenge a subpoena and effectively made the seeking of judicial review a “high crime and misdemeanor.” When Congress demands documents, presidents often have objections based on the inherent immunities or privileges of their office. Both Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton were able not only to seek judicial review but also to take their appeals all the way to the Supreme Court before facing impeachment. Nixon soon resigned after losing that case. There are valid presidential claims of privilege to be raised if Congress seeks to hear about communications between the president and Bolton. AD If the House had simply gone to court to enforce a subpoena, it would have forced a review of such privilege questions. Even before the impeachment vote, Bolton indicated his interest in testifying but it would require a subpoena. The House, however, refused to issue such a subpoena or take other reasonable steps to secure evidence because it feared such a move would push the court proceedings into late spring or beyond. Magnifying this mistake was the decision of the House to withdraw the subpoena issued for Charles Kupperman, Bolton’s deputy. Kupperman indicated he might testify but went to court for review of the subpoena. Before the court could rule, the House pulled the subpoena. Judge Richard Leon seemed nonplussed in dismissing Kupperman’s case, , “the House clearly has no intention of pursuing” the witness. AD It is time for Democrats to acknowledge the blunder in the rushed vote. In hockey, you lose a player in a power play. In football, penalties mean you lose downs or yards or possession. The Senate could similarly cry foul and dismiss Article II while moving forward on Article I with limited witnesses. While there are valid arguments for leaving the House with the incomplete record it handed over to the Senate, any House failure does not relieve the Senate of its own obligations. The Senate could allow a limited number of witnesses while stipulating a fixed schedule for testimony, including any litigation over privilege arguments that should have been addressed in the House investigation. AD What’s next in the impeachment process The House managers must now decide if they are trying to score political points or win a case. If it is the latter, they need to deal with their own failure honestly and decisively. Neither side will be delighted with such a compromise, but it would allow the Senate to protect its institutional interests while allowing the House to prove the primary allegations in the case. AD In other words, it may be time to pick the unpalatable over the disastrous for both houses. It is time to shoot Article II and allow witnesses. Read more: Read more: The Washington Post

How to watch, live stream Trump's Senate impeachment trial as opening arguments continueThe second day of opening arguments is expected to begin with a focus on Trump's alleged abuse of power, one of two articles of impeachment that were approved in December. Eventually everyone will start to realize, as I have, that the president has been dividing and setting up an angry mob to feed his ego. We need more than ever to see a 'normal' process in our government. We all know that the angry mob would have never existed but for him. Stop posting these disgusting images. Post a picture of the senate instead. Or of dog poop. Go Impeachmeeeeeeeeeeeent!!!

How to watch Trump Senate impeachment trial: Live stream and time for House's final opening argumentsHouse managers are expected to focus on the second article of impeachment, obstruction of Congress, against Trump. “Trump Senate” .. But there is a difference between Congressmen and Senators in your constitution .. Not how to watch them.

'The Constitution's final answer': Why Dems say Trump must be removedHouse Democrats launched Phase Two of their impeachment case to the Senate today: the constitutional argument for why President Trump should be removed from office .RepJasonCrow! Proud of our Impeachment Manager back home in Colorado. So far a dud TheRickWilson CBS News reports GOP Senators warned by Trump team: 'Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike.' Even if WH says statement made ONLY figuratively or illustratively, how & why are such threats of violence acceptable?

House impeachment managers bring up Biden 168 times during Thursday's opening arguments.chucktodd takes a look at how many times House impeachment managers discussed the Bidens during Thursday's opening arguments. chucktodd Hey chuck, what do you mean when you said this morning that “politics is just a performance”? chucktodd And if they hadn’t mentioned them, chucktodd would’ve questioned THAT strategy. Do better. MSNBC chucktodd Chuck Todd should count his lucky stars

Democrats Present Their Case for Trump’s RemovalRep. Adam Schiff, the lead impeachment manager and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, laid out the allegations underpinning the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month Bottom line: Trump is guiltily of leveraging US foreign policy to get dirt on a political rival. Senate won’t remove Trump but Schiff and Jeffries are bringing the truth. While Schiff can’t dazzle us with brilliance, he attempts to baffle us with bullshit! Spinning yarns, twisting facts, digging the hole he’s in deeper by the minute.

Trump disrupts Republican trial strategyJust five hours after Senate Republicans carefully assembled and passed an impeachment trial framework that could clear Trump by next week, the president delivered an unwanted surprise to the GOP: The prospect of a longer trial with lots of witnesses. He wants Thomas Edison called too, I hear. Trump wants no such thing. you haven't learned how to read his lies by now?



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