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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 08 January 2020 - 10:18 PM

On Impeachment, McConnell Has A Plan, And The Votes

PowerLine
by Paul Mirengoff
Posted on January 7, 2020

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ready to proceed with an impeachment proceeding as soon as Nancy Pelosi decides to refer the impeachment articles to the Senate. McConnellís plan is to proceed in stages.

First, the prosecution and the defense will make their presentations. Then, they will answer written questions from Senators. After that, if a party wants to call witnesses, the Senate will vote on whether to allow it.

According to the Washington Post, all 53 Republican members of the Senate are on board with this procedure. Thus, thatís how things will proceed once Pelosi sends up the impeachment articles.

I hope that after the initial presentations, the votes will be there to dismiss the articles of impeachment on the grounds that the case presented by the prosecution, even if one assumes all of the facts asserted therein to be true, doesnít meet the constitutional standard for impeaching a president. If that happens, the Senate wonít get to witnesses.

Right now, the focus when it comes to witnesses is on John Bolton. He says he will testify if subpoenaed by the Senate.

Democrats expect Bolton to testify that he understood the Trump administration to be withholding military aid from Ukraine in order to pressure the Ukrainians to investigate the Bidens, and that Bolton was unhappy, and maybe alarmed, about this. Their expectation is reasonable. It didnít take someone of Boltonís intelligence to figure out that this is what Trump was doing. And as a supporter of Ukraineís quest to combat Russian aggression, Bolton naturally would have been unhappy and perhaps alarmed.

Indeed, Boltonís former aides have already testified that their boss viewed Trumpís Ukraine gambit as, metaphorically, a ďdrug deal.Ē In addition, Gordon Sondland, who was talking to Trump, understood that the president was conditioning aid to Ukraine on the announcement by that government of an investigation of the Bidens.

In legal terms, Boltonís testimony, as described above, would be cumulative, and thus unnecessary. The record, for those who are willing to examine it with an open mind, fully supports the inference that Trump tried to leverage a White House meeting and military aid to pressure the Ukrainian president to investigate the Bidens. Itís almost impossible reasonably to conclude anything else.

Itís true that thereís no smoking gun (nor is any required). But thereís no reason to believe that Bolton will reveal one. It was Gordon Sondland, not Bolton, who was communicating with Trump about this matter.

Why, then, are the Democrats so insistent on having Bolton (and others) testify?

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 01:38 AM

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Why, then, are the Democrats so insistent on having Bolton (and others) testify?


That's something no sane person can answer. Who can understand any of the insane things the Dems have done for the past 4 years? They've gone all the way past the limits of sanity and traipsed far into the realm of utter lunacy.

And as long as it's still their own feet they're shooting, I say give 'em more ammo! I hope Bolton does testify. The left will glom onto something incredibly petty and stupid (AGAIN) and fire several more shots into their feet.

Woohoo! Quick-Draw McGraw!





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Posted 09 January 2020 - 05:31 AM

"Why, then, are the Democrats so insistent on having Bolton (and others) testify?"
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Al Green said out loud what the rest of 'em say quietly, "We can't beat him at the polls, so we're going to have to impeach him". Their ace in the hole 4 years ago was Hillary and we saw how that played out, so impeachment it is... :nuts:

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