Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda:
- The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Iraq
Welcome to the Thunderdome
On Tuesday in a 13-hour torture session, the Senate determined what the rules would be for the made-for-tv impeachment trial. Senate Majority Leader Cocaine Mitch had rules set out but the Democrats wanted for force GOPers to go on the record by voting on amendments to subpoena various and sundry characters and documents. All were defeated as the GOP voted as a block for McConnell’s plan that the Senate would decide about witnesses and documents after hearing both sides make their cases. One exception: Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted with the Democrats on a measure that would extend the amount of time House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team have to respond to motions. It still failed. At one point, Judge Obamacare Tax admonished the House Managers and the White House lawyers for their nasty rhetoric.
Both sides used their time to argue about the amendments to rage against each other. The House Democrats performed as expected: Trump intended to deny constitutionally allocated aide to Ukraine unless they opened an investigation into his political rival’s son and then obstructed Congress by asserting due process and executive privilege claims. Really, the Democrats are claiming that Trump is obstructing and covering up because he isn’t obeying their commands and asserting protections and rights afforded to every citizen in this country. The Democrats always clap trap about criminal justice reform and grandstand about a corrupt judicial system…unless they are the system.
The White House lawyers argued that the Democrats were criminalizing the executive branch’s authority. We all know the Democrats don’t really have a problem with executive power, they have a problem with Trump. If the Ukraine had to open and announce investigation into sleazy Hunter Biden, where were the investigations? Where was the announcement? Where were efforts to do as Trump demanded to get their aid?
I wonder what the ratings were for yesterday’s trial. Will people who were not persuaded by the much ballyhooed House clown show now come over to the Democrats way of thinking? I am not sure so but the purpose isn’t just about persuasion: the Democrats want to damage vulnerable GOP Senators and get some more witnesses so they can keep “hunting” for damning evidence against Trump. This isn’t about “protecting the constitution” it’s simply another political tactic to get rid of the president and amass more power. If there is one thing painfully obvious about the Democrats that Trump’s election has laid bare: Democrats will use their power to undermine the will of the people if it isn’t to their liking.
Of course. McConnell softens hard-line tactics on Trump trial
‘Please do not touch me’: U.S. Senate on security alert for Trump impeachment trial
House Democrats Use Unlawful Phone Records to Argue Need for More Documents
Biden campaign releases video to explain ‘what really happened in Ukraine’
Pat Cipollone Claims Schiff Is Still Holding Back Evidence From Trump Defense Team In SCIF
Fact Check: No, President Trump Did Not Say Article II Gave Him Absolute Power
Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show
McConnell makes strategic retreat to keep firm grip on Trump trial
Senators stifle yawns as impeachment debate drags on for hours
Senate passes McConnell’s impeachment trial rules after more than 12 hours of debate
CNN’s Joe Lockhart mocked for calling on Twitter to investigate Cruz for tweeting during impeachment trial
Chief Justice Roberts admonishes both sides at Senate impeachment trial, after marathon session erupts into shouting match
Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Impeachment trial is a political farce – no more witnesses or documents are needed
House impeachment manager quotes Notorious B.I.G. on the Senate floor
Here’s what ‘pettifogging’ means and why Chief Justice Roberts would say it in the impeachment trial
James Biden’s Firm Got $1.5 Billion in Government Contracts Despite Zero Experience
Deputies: Worker fatally stabs Trump-loving boss in fight
1st confirmed case of new coronavirus reported in US: CDC
Trump weighs travel ban expansion in coming days
Ousted Recording Academy CEO alleges sexual harassment, corrupt Grammys voting
Taylor Swift Hopes Her New Music Can ‘Stoke Fires Politically’ Against ‘Sinister’ Republican Policies
Idaho Joins Movement to Prevent Transgender Athletes from Competing Against Girls
U.S. census head count launched in rural Alaska after weather delay
U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’: report
Gabbard knocks Clinton’s jab at Sanders: ‘This isn’t high school’
Black Gun Owners Respond To Media Calling Rally Attendees ‘White Nationalists’
Hillary Clinton Backs Down After Dissing Bernie Sanders
Supreme Court rejects fast-track review of health care suit
French publisher apologizes after history textbook links CIA to 9/11
Death toll from mystery coronavirus in China rises to 9
Mexico’s homicide rate hits new record high in 2019
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’ phone hacked by Saudi crown prince: reports
A group of ‘furries’ stopped a domestic violence assault and helped police make the arrest
National Weather Service warns of falling iguanas
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!