Democrats have finished their opening arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, laying out an elaborate case for why Trump is an “imminent threat” to the integrity of American democracy
After three marathon days of Democratic arguments at Trump's impeachment trial, GOP senators haven't budged.WhatsApp Senate Republicans spent three days listening to the House impeachment managers present a comprehensive case for removing President Donald Trump from office — an elaborate, multimedia narrative laying out a wide array of offenses allegedly committed to benefit the president’s personal political fortunes at the expense of the nation. Yet few Republicans will publicly admit they’ve heard anything done by Trump that was wrong or unethical or inappropriate at all, let alone impeachable. Advertisement A small minority of GOP senators may ultimately end up mildly criticizing the president’s behavior in requesting investigations into Joe Biden and delaying military aid to Ukraine. But any expressions of disapproval are muted, or explained away as an honest mistake by a frustrated president who just wanted to fight corruption in Ukraine. “I do things every week that are inappropriate. So no, I’m not going to go down that road,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). “This is a constitutional remedy that was designed for the most extreme of cases and we’re just not anywhere in that [ball] park.” It’s a reminder of the unyielding grip Trump has on his party and the lack of a middle ground that exists for Republicans when it comes to the president. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) stood on the floor Friday passionately exhorting senators to remove Trump from office, warning them that a president who solicits a foreign government to investigate a political rival would do it to them if they got in Trump’s way. “It shouldn't matter that it was Joe Biden because I'll tell you something, the next time it just may be you,” Schiff warned. “It just may be you.” However, it is very unlikely that more than one or two Republican senators are even considering a vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, far from the 20 needed to reach the 67-vote threshold required by the Constitution. GOP leaders and aides privately doubt any Republican will cast such a vote, especially after they hear from Trump’s defense team over the next few days, and particularly if a key procedural vote on hearing witnesses is defeated next week. A small group of Republicans that includes Rob Portman of Ohio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania have said that the president’s behavior was not appropriate yet not impeachable. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) have not tipped their hands and are viewed as possible votes to convict, although not probable. “It’s a very serious matter and I’m listening in a respectful way,” said Collins, who has already signaled that she may vote for additional witnesses to be called. “I’ve filled up 25 pages of notes on my legal pad and I pay very close attention.” But for the rest of the party there’s almost no interest in even inching toward a rebuke of Trump. There’s definitely no attempt to censure the president or propose some other formal condemnation short of impeachment. To Republicans, there’s no point trying to concede Trump did anything wrong — a far cry from Democrats’ denunciation of President Bill Clinton’s behavior during his 1999 impeachment trial. “Our job is not to evaluate in great detail what happened. Our job at this point is to evaluate whether it’s impeachable or not,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). “And I don’t see minds changing on that, including mine.” For Trump, party loyalty is paramount and opposing him is deadly in Republican primaries — ask former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Few Republicans won in 2016 after abandoning him, and since then, few have really even tried. These days the only Senate Republican running for re-election without hugging the president is Collins. In other swing states, GOP senators have made the calculation that anything resembling a split with the president is a mistake that could encourage a primary challenge or depress the conservative base in a general election. “The question is, whether or not what they’ve presented — which could basically fit into the first hours of the debates on Tuesday — does it rise to the level of removal? And I say no,” said Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), who is up for reelection this November. “Are there stylistic differences between maybe the way I’d do it and the president? Possibly. But stylistic differences aren’t enough for me to vote to remove.” Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.), who has occasionally complained about the president’s tweets and incendiary rhetoric, said Trump is never going to be like other presidents and can’t be evaluated the same way his predecessors were. IMPEACHMENT TODAY Read more: POLITICO
Up holding corruption so we mit as well burn the constitution Russia well on us And that's why they will be voted out in next election Mafia bosses, like Trump, exact loyalty or you get the cement shoes. Best President ever - Trump 2020 all Red House & Senate! A bunch of chickens who are afraid of losing their seats so they cow tow to a liar, cheat, and coward rather then doing the right thing. I don’t know how some people live with themselves.
whyfund There is something very tragic about what is tobe. Trump bought them off with PAC money - not hard to understand. They would all go to prison if this was a regular jury, but apparently it is totally ok if Trump buys off the Senate.
Senate Republicans Will Pay a Price for Helping Trump Conceal EvidenceMitch McConnell can delay it, but eventually they will have to choose either a cover-up or allowing more damning evidence. jonathanchait jonathanchait jonathanchait 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣...wut?
TraitorsSupportTraitorTrump .Take that SenateDems and HouseDemocrats - the witch hunt has back fired on your party Trump2020Landslide now more than ever SenateGOP Love it Trump2020 Fear is not Loyalty The GOP stands united to POTUS! DrWinarick why are you reporting this, they should not be saying out loud how they will be voting, this has come out after one of the most powerful speeches in decades and you slosh this rubbish on it, Shameful.
Trump impeachment trial: Dems use Republicans' own words against themDemocratic impeachment managers laid out a sprawling argument that Trump had abused his power, deftly deploying old clips of Republicans making statements that underscored Democrats' points. nope, you got it wrong. GOP TURN SOON. Look out! The Coming Coup to Overthrow President Trump: Sedition at the Highest Levels
Two days into Trump trial, Republicans appear unmovedSecond day of arguments from House prosecutors seeking Trump's ouster begin with Democratic team focusing on one of two charges against the US president - abuse of power
Democrats detail abuse-of-power charge against Trump as Republicans complain of repetitive argumentsTrump’s team will launch its defense of the president on Saturday, with the key question of whether the Senate will call new witnesses or subpoena documents set to be decided around the middle of next week. M YA AD 8:54 9 9:13 11 11:11 11:13 & Maybe they should allow more relevant documents and witnesses so it’s not so repetitive 🤷♂️
Pro-Trump groups have a new impeachment enemy: RepublicansFor Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, conservative groups decided that ad buys attacking Democrats weren’t enough — they wanted Republicans to hear from the president’s supporters in person What a load of propaganda bs Here’s how it works... next two tweets. This has become a “reality show”. WH staff, Cabinet & GOP are not a political party, but an arm of the Koch RW Network. We’re experiencing their agenda in real time. That's because media like you never have people who do not support this President on your shows or talk to us out here in America! Everyone is so consumed with showing his supporters because that sells and makes you money. You don't care about anything else. 😡
Republicans: There’s No Point in More Evidence, Trump Will Just Obstruct ItRepublicans have introduced a circular argument for letting Trump block all the impeachment evidence. jonathanchait writes jonathanchait Learning from the Democrats.