LIVE: Senate Finishes Question-and-Answer Session in Trump Impeachment Trial
This portion is actually interesting. Except when Adam Schiff answers questions.
The Senate will conclude its Q&A session today. I encourage everyone to pay attention to it. I found it interesting, except when Adam Schiff speaks.
It begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow is 100% correct. We have seen how they behave when it doesn’t go their way.
"Do you ever envision the House Managers agreeing there has been a fair trial if it ends in the President's acquittal?"@JaySekulow: "Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Senate, the answer is no." pic.twitter.com/6a1RyVLBdw
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
Rep. Jerry Nadler has a tendency to provoke Republican senators. He did it again today:
When House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler invoked the name of Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the two swing votes were seen taking notes about Nadler’s contention that the defense’s arguments about President Trump’s mixed motives were “nonsense.”
Nadler argued it didn’t matter if there was a mixed motive.
“Once you prove a corrupt act, that’s it,” he said.
Philbin had a great reminder for everyone about a person not waiving their rights:
Mr. Philbin responds thatit is “striking and shocking” that Democrats have cast President Trump as having something to hide because he has sought to block some potential evidence. He said Democrats have made statements such as “only the guilty hide evidence,” “Only the guilty don’t respond to subpoenas,” and “this is not the way innocent people act.” Mr. Philbin continued: “Well, of course, that’s contrary to the very spirit of our American justice system where people have rights, and asserting those rights cannot be interpreted as an indication of guilt.”
So Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell began the procedure with a veiled threat to Rand Paul. Remember, last night Paul caused a somewhat commotion when Chief Justice John Roberts wouldn’t read his question since it named the whistleblower.
Well, Paul submitted his question right away and…
Senator @RandPaul sends question to the desk during Impeachment Trial.
Chief Justice Roberts: “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted.” pic.twitter.com/CCeB33HnRP
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 30, 2020
The session has about seven hours and 54 minutes left for the House managers and President Donald Trump’s team.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune said “it’s still uncertain” how some of his colleagues will vote. We already know Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney could possibly vote for witnesses and new evidence.
The media has latched its claws into retiring Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander as the wild card. He’s basically told everyone to leave him alone.
Then we have conservative Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. He said he would vote for witnesses, but that includes a subpoena for Hunter Biden.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is confident the chamber has 53 votes to subpoena Hunter Biden.
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One thing you can always count on is that the buffoons in the Senate love to hear themselves talk – especially on TV. This is why I believe they’re going to keep this farce going as long as possible.
Take heart, McCain is not involved.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday hammered the lawyers leading President Trump’s impeachment defense, saying they’ve trampled on the Constitution while questioning how they’ve been allowed to keep their jobs.
“I don’t know how they can retain their lawyer status, in the comments that they’re making,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
Somebody needs some Prozac
As one of two living brain donors – AOC being the other one, Nancy might want to reconsider her donation.
It’s not a coincidence that Nancy and AOC are the only two living brain donors, because they each donated their brains to the other. If AOC’s body rejects the transplant, one could certainly argue that AOC would be better off as a result. The same could be said for Nancy.
Glad I wasn’t one of the recipients of either of those so called brains.
Just her way of declaring defeat. They’re going to bluster and whine, but by tomorrow night this particular coup attempt is going to be dead. On to the next bogus “investigation”.
Especially after Pelosi sees these things….
Mary Margaret Olohan
“As a Catholic, I resent your using the word hate in a sentence that addresses me,” Pelosi snapped today.
Just a reminder for the staunch Catholic @SpeakerPelosi
that the Catholic Church teaches abortion is “a crime against human life.”
US Life Expectancy Increases For First Time In Four Years
Life expectancy in the U.S. rose in 2018, the first such increase in four years, according to a report the National Center for Health Statistics published on Thursday.
The average American man will live to be 76, and the average woman will live to be 81.
Those gains were driven by declines in 6 of the 10 leading causes of death between 2017 and 2018, and a notable drop in drug overdose deaths.
Overdose deaths, after increasing for decades, fell for the first time in 28 years, from 70,237 in 2017 to 67,367 in 2018, according to the report.
Ace of Spades
Gallup Poll: Race Relations Better Under Trump Than Obama…
This “trial” is just a limited taste of the future if the Dems control the country. There would be a lot of show trials from now until then and plenty more after that.
“This portion is actually interesting. Except when Adam Schiff answers questions.”
😀 You might relate to this, Mary.
Q: Are you aware of any other POTUS other than POTUS Obama that shut down a massive years long narco-terrorism drug ring and money laundering prosecution so that he could personally benefit by appeasing the terror state of Iran and present to the MSM a meaningless signed treaty?
Personally benefit?! Only his ego benefited.
A meaningless”unsigned” treaty.
“We’ve all had a lot of negative history with McConnell over the years but the one thing you have to give him props for is his mastery of procedure as well as his fierce protection of his domain in the Senate and his turf. No way in Hell is he going to let four fools on our side screw him over. Along with massive political winds at his back and against each of the recalcitrant RINOs, a couple of huge developments shook out over the course of the day that seem to have sealed the deal.”
Just an observation – Roberts seems to be wielding far more power than section 6 provides.
All he is allowed to do is preside, not to make rulings of any sort. Apparantly he has exercised the authority to keep the whistler blowers name secret. I doubt that he has such a power.
Artical 1 section 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Guess you’ve seen this.
Justice Roberts Blocks Rand Paul From Naming Whistleblower, Paul May Force The Issue (I saw one headline that indicated Paul had already released the name of the whistle blower – can’t find it now though.)
Just found it.
BREAKING: Chief Justice Roberts Censors Questions From Rand Paul. Paul Releases It.
So Chief Justice Roberts knows who the whistleblower is?
Exactly! He didn’t say whistle blower in his question.
That’s what presiding means.
Just like the chairman of any meeting, he does have that power unless a majority of the meeting overrules him.
One of the things that really annoys me is when Schiff gets up with a new question but refers back to the last question and comments on it. Roberts should stop that immediately. That is not the new question and should not be allowed. But hs is such a pussy that he wouldn’t do anything like that. Oh wait, he just censored Rand Paul’s question completely!