Republicans struck one deal on impeachment that left Trump stunned into silence

A Senate impeachment trial could begin in very short order.

Donald Trump’s political fate hangs in the balance.

And now Republicans struck one deal on impeachment that left Trump stunned into silence.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withheld articles of impeachment to try and pressure Republicans into caving to Democrats’ demands for witnesses at an impeachment trial.

Republicans want to structure Trump’s impeachment trial like Bill Clinton’s, where the trial began with opening arguments and time for questions and then there was a vote on witness testimony.

Democrats hoped the delay in sending over the articles of impeachment would twist the screws on RINO Senators after weeks of media backlash.

But that gambit failed.

Mitch McConnell announced he had the votes within the Republican caucus to proceed with a trial without committing to witness testimony.

POLITICO reports:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving forward on a set of impeachment trial rules without Democratic support.

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that he has locked down sufficient backing from his 53-member caucus to pass a blueprint for the trial that leaves the question of seeking witnesses and documents until after opening arguments are made.

That framework would mirror the contours of President Bill Clinton’s trial and ignore Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s demands for witnesses and new evidence at the outset.
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi has withheld the articles of impeachment since the House voted in December to charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, in part to push Republicans to agree to fair rules for the trial. The GOP used the delay from the House to get ready to start the clock on the impeachment trial as soon as possible.

Pelosi’s ploy never had a chance of succeeding.

The idea that Republicans would cross President Trump to side with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on to put the Democrats in charge of an impeachment trial was Fake News Media “wish-casting”.

We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

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20 Comments

  1. You, John Harris, posted “THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD NEVER BE VIOLATED……” to which I agree, but, have you ever read The Constitution? Obama violated The Constitution regularly and no liberal Democrat ever posed an objection. Obama brokered a treaty with Iran in direct violation of The Constitution (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2) Obama, once again, violated his constitutional duties by ratifying the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, without consult or consent of Congress. Did you object to either of these actions?

    When The Constitution states “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.”(Article I, Section 3, Clause 6), how do you conclude that Senator McConnell is allowing President Trump to play with a “loaded deck”?

    Congresswoman Pelosi has withheld the House’s articles of impeachment from the Senate because SHE wants the Republicans to include a list of witnesses she and her Democrat cronies have “SUDDENLY” uncovered and, in part, to push Senate Republicans to agree to fair rules of the trial: her rules! Is this not Pelosi seeking to stack the deck against President Trump? Is it not also abuse of power, on Pelosi’s part, because she is trying to direct the Senate to do her will, knowing the Senate has sole power in impeachment trials? (Refer to Article I, Section 3, Clause 6)

    Pelosi’s job is complete. She has successfully convinced most Democrats to impeach President Trump and that concludes her part in the procedure. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will oversee the Senate impeachment trial and will, certainly, keep these proceedings form violating anyone’s rights or violating any part of The Constitution. Please enlighten those of us who read these posts as to what information you used to form tour warped, misguided opinion of this subject.

  2. Have the trial and subpoena Schiff to answer questions under oath about him coaching his “witnesses” and Nadler to answer questions under oath about him being “unbiased”.

  3. Democrats are louts trying to deceive the American public by their tactics. No efficiency by them to be seen anywhere!!! Democrats are relying on the naivety and dumbness of the nation – it’s not working. However bad Trump may be, or claimed to be, Democrats behavior and lack of duty to the country is hard to beat.

  4. All I can say is either we get a BONMSHELL, JAW-DROPPING, or some gigantic announcement, and it seems it’s always old news I wish the reporters would please stay up to date.
    President Trump hasn’t got anything to worry about. He’ll win by a landslide he is the greatest President we have had in my lifetime and I am 82!!

  5. She’s dreaming that dream will turn out to be a nightmare. Low life republicans and there will be a few is all she will get.

  6. MITCH IS ALLOWING TRUMP TO PLAY WITH A LOADED DECK AND THAT IS NOT FAIR WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE SACRED DOCUMENT CALLED THE “CONSTITUTION”. THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD NEVER BE VIOLATED……

  7. The libnuts, especially pukelosie don’t have the chance of an ice cube in hell of
    succeeding in this impeachment farce. They need to swallow their pride (whatever
    they have left) and get down to Americas business and stop wasting money/time on this
    farce.

  8. Articles were voted on and passed by congress with certain witnesses. These should be only witnesses they are allowed to call not continue to search for evidence of a non-existent crime. However Defense should have ability to call witnesses as this is the time they defend against charges.

  9. A week ago I’ve posted on Facebook, stating that She was trying to find some Republican rats to participate with her! She might have found some, one of them will be certainly ROMNEY.

  10. I hope this trick by Speaker Nancy Bigmouth does NOT hoodwink the Senate. I hope the Senate Head Mitch McConnell is wise enough NOT to fall for her biased perogatives and let the Congress try to run the Senate’s authority roughshod and imposed a totalitarian overthrow of the President and Vice President. This is ALL about revenge the Democrats truly have against the people of the United States and they will go even further to stop the 2020 elections and appoint their own President, Vice President and ALL the members of the Senate and the House included with the Judiciary and the Executive Branches with NO electoral or popular vote allowed.

  11. What I find interesting is that Pelosi is withholding the articles of impeachment for a guarantee of a “Fair Trial”. By rejecting the procedure that was used for Slick Willie, she is indicating that his Senate trial was NOT fair and therefore his not being removed from office for perjury (which got him disbarred in Arkansas) was equally unfair. Hmmm, interesting, isn’t it?

  12. sEN mCcONNELL has Pelosi’s number. He’s pretty shrude. He can get around her in a minute. She’s disgusting.

  13. If this is a fact that she made this threat, then she needs to be dumped from House leadership, now.

  14. Set the trial date, either the dimwits show up or it gets tossed. They have nothing and they know it, Pelosi had to threaten half the House with not financing their reelection campaigns from the DNC. Quid pro quo anyone? I would say blackmail as that is what it is.

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