Over 13 hours were spent in the Senate from Tuesday afternoon until about 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, with House impeachment managers clashing with White House lawyers as they debated the rules to govern over Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial. Republican senators swatted down eleven amendments to the trial rules from Democrats, in opposition to multiple attempts to subpoena documents and witnesses for the trial.
Republicans seemed woefully unprepared for the proceedings, and that’s likely because they haven’t even pretended to be fair jurors. Their minds were made up before they walked into the chamber.
While in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the world economic forum in which he has been delivering cringe-worthy sound bites, Donald Trump appeared to boast about Republicans concealing evidence in his impeachment trial — because of course he did.
“When we released that conversation all hell broke out with the Democrats,” Trump said, according to the Rolling Stone. “Because they said, ‘Wait a minute, this is much different than [what Adam Schiff] told us.’ ”
Trump, of course, referred to the House Intelligence Chairman as “Schiffty Shift” because the “president” is a septuagenarian crybaby.
“So, we’re doing very well. I got to watch [the impeachment trial] enough,” Trump said. “I thought our team did a very good job. But honestly, we have all the material. They don’t have the material.”
— Peter (@Petervideo23) January 22, 2020
Alexa, add that to my “If Obama had said that” file, please.
Trump has directed subpoenaed individuals in his administration to defy Congress. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claimed that the rules he is proposing for Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial “closely” follow past precedent, and invoked the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton in particular. However, the Clinton administration turned over more than 90,000 pages of documents and material during its impeachment while Republicans haven’t handed over shit, including witnesses.
If Trump’s phone conversation on July 25, 2019, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was as “perfect” as the former reality show star claims, then he wouldn’t be so giddy about hiding evidence from his own impeachment trial. Trump, though, will carry the stain of impeachment for a lifetime, even if — and it’s likely they will — Republicans fail to convict him.
Trump illegally withheld crucial military aid to Ukraine that was direly needed, in an effort to pressure Zelenksy into opening up investigations into Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Republicans are on a dangerous path because they’re setting up a precedent for the next Democrat in the White House to do whatever the fuck he or she wants to do. The next president could, for example, confiscate all of their guns, dress the firearms up as little girls, then make them touch each other for shits and giggles. Or turn Trump Tower into a mosque with the bottom floor serving as a homeless shelter, and name it “Barack Obama Plaza.”
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