There is no Trumpier lawmaker in the country than Marjorie Taylor Greene. The Georgia congresswoman recently used the fact that Alabama has one of the lowest vaccine rates in the country as an applause line.
In the 245 years of American independence, only 4 presidents have ever been impeached. Amazingly enough, though, it has happened to 2 or the last 5 people to hold the highest office in the land.
Donald Trump, of course, was impeached twice. He likely would have been convicted the second time if it wasn’t for the hyper-partisan nature of the day.
Susan Collins spent much of the last four years being very concerned about the actions of Donald Trump. Sometimes, she would act, like when she voted against a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Other times, she chose not to punish Trump. She voted to acquit the ex-president during his first impeachment trial, saying that he’d learned his lesson. She also went back on her word during the Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court nomination process.
Last week, House impeachment managers made an incredibly strong argument against Donald Trump. The former president’s lawyers struggled to convince anyone that he was innocent.
Still, 43 Republicans decided to vote to acquit the president. When explaining why, though, many are hinting that they thought Trump was guilty. This was the tact taken by Mitch McConnell during his Saturday speech.
These critics seem to want blood for their own sport. The House impeachment managers were not playing such games. They were actually trying to work for and play to the American people in a time of crisis.
Plaskett and peers such as Haaland, Ocasio-Cortez, and Velazquez are making it clear the Democratic Party is evolving toward a more critical and reparative confrontation with the nation’s history of racism and colonialism that hobbles us to this day.
Tommy Tuberville first became famous while coaching college football’s Auburn Tigers. The coach won an SEC championship in 2004 before coaching Texas Tech and the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Now a politician, Tuberville turned his coaching good will into an Alabama senate seat in November and has already been heavily connected to Donald Trump made to Tuberville during the Capitol insurrection.
Still the freshman Alabama senator is saying that he is keeping an open mind during the impeachment hearings. Jake Sherman reported on Thursday:
“Tommy Tuberville told us multiple times he is open minded & has not made up his mind about whether to vote to convict trump. ‘President Trump – he supported me a but I’m going to look at the facts. I thought this group did a good job. They showed things that I hadn’t seen.'”
Sherman continued, “He said the videos have been powerful. Noted he hasn’t been on a jury ever. Says it may be because ‘I was a coach and working all the time.” “I want to see what happens tomorrow. … this is a trial. They put their facts forward. Let’s hear what they do tomorrow.'”
He said the videos have been powerful. Noted he hasn’t been on a jury ever. Says it may be because “I was a coach and working all the time.”
“I want to see what happens tomorrow. … this is a trial. They put their facts forward. Let’s hear what they do tomorrow.”
When Donald Trump incited the riot on the Capitol in January 6th, he inspired many horrific acts. 5 people died as a result of the riots. 2 police officers involved in the altercation later committed suicide.
The most shocking of the five deaths was that of Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick. Initial reports said that Sicknick was bashed in the head with a fire extinguisher during the melee.
The death of Sicknick has been a key component of House Managers arguments against Donald Trump during the impeachment trial. And it is devastating.
Conservative outlet The National Review is hinting that Sicknick died in a different way and is calling on House Managers to prove that the officer was killed by the actions of the rioters.
Andrew McCarthy writes, “
Clearly, if Officer Sicknick died because of something the rioters did, that is a serious matter. If that happened, former President Trump should be accountable, because he was instrumental in arranging the January 6 rally that turned violent, because he stirred up his supporters with provocative rhetoric, and because — as commander in chief
Yesterday’s impeachment trial of Donald Trump opened with a stirring speech by Congressman Jamie Raskin. And the hearings have only become more emotional since.
While watching footage of the January 6th insurrection today, Republican Senator James Lankford became visibly upset. A number of GOP lawmakers have commented on how effective the Democratic case has been.
After watching today’s hearing, South Dakota’s John Thune said, “I think they were very effective. They had a strong, strong presentation put together in a way that I think makes it pretty compelling.”
GOP Sen. John Thune on the impeachment managers: "I think they were very effective. They had a strong, strong presentation put together in a way that I think makes it pretty compelling."
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) February 10, 2021
Yesterday, another Republican, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana changed his mind on the constitutionality of the case. He told reporters, “House managers were focused, they were organized,” and “made a compelling argument. President Trump’s team were disorganized. They did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand and when they talked about it, they kind of glided over, almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments.”
Scott, though, did not feel the same way as his Republican colleagues. “Look,” he said. “I’ve been clear that that I wish the president had said something faster when they broke into it, but, you know, I’ve watched what he said. He’s never said when somebody should break in — [he] actually said that people should do this peacefully. This is a complete waste of time,” he continued. “It’s not doing anything to help American families, it’s not helping people get jobs, it’s not helping get the vaccine out … it’s vindictive.”
Lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder was quick to point out some of Scott’s history in court rooms. He tweeted, “Rick Scott invoked the 5th amendment against self-incrimination 75 times in his civil depositions.”
Rick Scott invoked the 5th amendment against self-incrimination 75 times in his civil depositions https://t.co/VGujgdc11Q
It will most likely not matter in the long run, but Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is not going well. While his lawyers have seemed unprepared, the Democratic impeachment managers have been making concise arguments.
Trump’s lawyers are in a reasonably tough spot. The evidence against their client is damning and they are struggling to argue their way out of it. Rudy Giuliani, who has also represented Trump in court, has a solution for them. The former New York City mayor thinks they should argue that the trial is illegitimate because the senators acting as the jury were also witnesses.
Giuliani made the comments during a Wednesday appearance on OAN. He told host Chanel Rion:
“I was very upset when — I think I believe — he (Trump lawyer Bruce Castor) basically said that the president’s argument about the — about fraud in the election was not., you know, really valid. I think they should put in all the evidence that they have for all of these different states that shows that when the president talks about this, whether you agree or not, the ultimate result should change. There was certainly a massive, massive amount of evidence that the press is making believe doesn’t exist.”
Rion then asked, “Mayor, Democrats are making this out to be like a judicial trial when there are basic rules they are breaking that would toss their case out immediately. Case in point, they are prosecuting a case when they themselves were the witnesses in that case. Doesn’t this compromise the fairness of a real trial.”
Giuliani answered, “Let’s assume this was an incitement to riot trial and a person showed up on the jury that was in the building at the time; that person would be thrown out and then disqualified immediately.”
Today began a battle between Republicans and Democrats over the impeachment of Donald Trump. The impeachment managers on the left started the proceedings with a powerful video and an emotional speech from Jamie Raskin.
The Republican response was such a disaster that it reportedly left Donald Trump fuming in Florida.
During her afternoon show, Nicolle Wallace broke down three reasons why the left is winning thus far. First, the MSNBC host claimed that Democrats have laid out a strong argument that the trial is constitutional.
Wallace continued, “I thought the next layer was that video, that that was the heart of their case, the horror. It’s like watching a documentary about Benghazi or Mumbai or any deadly attack premeditated and plotted and incited in full view, and carried out without remorse, without shame, and with clearly evil intent.”
The MSNBC host closed:
“And then I thought the top layer was the gut punch — was Congressman Raskin’s story of where he was and why. He was in Steny Hoyer’s office because he had just lost his son and he brought his family there because they were grieving together. And I thought one of the most powerful things he said was that he was being lifted up by Democrats and Republicans and he planned to give a speech that day, the day of the insurrection, about unity. And we all know what happened next.”
Donald Trump has been the face of the Republican party for the last 5 years. And if the ex-president gets his way, he will be the face of the GOP for many years to come.
Republicans who don’t want Trump to be a part of party’s future, they do have a chance to stop him. If the 45th president was convicted during his impeachment trial, he would be barred from running for office in the future.
During a recent interview, former Trump Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said there is no chance of this happening. He told Sky News Australia, “There’s absolutely no chance that Donald Trump will be convicted in this Senate trial, no chance that he will be disqualified from further office. They can’t remove him from the White House because he’s already left.”
The former South Carolina congressman continued, “I will say this, it’ll be a little disappointing, given the gravity of the events of January 6, that there hasn’t been a more thorough investigation of the issue…It looks more and more like a political show trial than it does like an ordinary trial with evidence and decision making.”
"I don't think there's any chance of him being convicted"
Donald Trump's former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney explains why he resigned from the White House and shares his prediction for the US President's second impeachment trial. pic.twitter.com/Q9YLpMyUGy
A few weeks ago, it seemed that Democrats might have the votes needed to convict Donald Trump in his upcoming impeachment trial. Senators like Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski seemed likely to vote against the 45th President.
Mitch McConnell, then seemed like he might be willing to convict Trump as well. It doesn’t seem, however, that Democrats would have the 17 votes they need from Republicans.
Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) created a bi-partisan compromise where Trump would be censured. Like with impeachment, if Trump were censured, he would be barred from ever running for public office again.
The votes don’t seem to be there for censure. Kaine said of the measure, “We don’t have enough support on the Republican side because they don’t want to bar Trump from running from office, and I don’t have enough support on the Democratic side because for most of my colleagues it’s impeachment or nothing.”
Sen. Kaine on censuring former Pres. Trump:
"We don't have enough support on the Republican side because they don't want to bar Trump from running from office, and I don't have enough support on the Democratic side because for most of my colleagues it's impeachment or nothing." pic.twitter.com/ltfgxBLCYA
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will send articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, an action that would soon kick off the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Trump was impeached on January 13 on a single charge of inciting an insurrection after a mob of his supporters attacked the United States Capitol the week prior.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has expressed concerns that Trump will not have enough time to mount a legal defense before his trial date, which has yet to be scheduled. Even though Trump is no longer in office, the Senate can vote to convict him and bar him from ever holding public office again.
The news comes after outlets reported that Trump had hired South Carolina attorney Butch Bowers to defend him at trial. Bowers agreed to represent Trump on the recommendation of Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a prominent Trump surrogate.
“I’ve known Butch for a long time, solid guy,” Graham said. “I think over time, they’ll put the team together.”
Over the entirety of his business career, Donald Trump has been involved in over 3,500 lawsuits. He has quite a bit of experience with lawyers both good and bad.
During the Mueller Report, Trump had Ty Cobb, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow in his corner. In his first impeachment trial, Trump again had Sekulow representing him along with Pat Cipollone and Alan Dershowitz. Cipollone and Sekulow say they won’t return for a second trial.
But when the President tried to contest the election results back in November, his legal team looked a lot different. With any respected lawyer declining the case, Trump had to rely on his “elite strike force.”
This legal team, made up of Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell and Joe DeGenova was a walking disaster. Powell, who frequently spouted ludicrous conspiracy theories, is being sued for billions by Dominion voting machines.
Giuliani was even worse. Not only did he hold a press conference next to a sex shop, he also had hair dye drip down his face during one hearing and openly passed gas at another.
And now that Trump is facing a new impeachment trial, he may have run out of lawyers to replace the old ones. According to a report from Bloomberg, he could turn to supporters in Congress.
Bloomberg notes that Trump could be represented by Jim Jordan and Elise Stefanik. Jordan did attend and graduate from law school, but he has never passed the bar in any state.
While Stefanik attended and graduated Harvard, her degree was not in law and she has no legal training.
Few are more clued into the thinking in DC than Jake Sherman. So it was quite notable that he recently told Mediate that Mitch McConnell and his allies in the senate are “seriously considering impeachment.”
Sherman made the comments during an appearance on The Interview Podcast. He told host Aidan McLaughlin, “it’s very clear that if you put Republicans on truth serum, they would tell you that they are angry and they wish that Trump would go away for good.”
He then got into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who says he hasn’t made a decision on voting to convict Trump. “That’s a huge, huge statement from McConnell. He’s obviously seriously considering conviction. If he goes, then I think a lot of people could go. John Cornyn, John Thune, a whole host of his allies. Trump is now powerless.”
Sherman continued on Trump:
“The best way to think of it is, the transaction that Republicans conducted with Donald Trump for many years was, we’ll put up with the nonsense because we’re getting good policy and judges and good foreign policy out of it. That transaction has run dry. That transaction no longer exists because he’s out of office. Right now, they’re trying to move on to a new party in many respects. And people like Liz Cheney have made the calculus that that new party will be better without Trump. I think there’s probably a middle ground here that Kevin McCarthy is striking, which is, this is pretty bad, but we’re not going to impeach him because it’s not proper right now.”
This fall, Republicans elected two QAnon believers to Congress. They have both made absolute spectacles of themselves. Colorado‘s Lauren Boebert revealed the location of Nancy Pelosi during the Capitol insurrection. She also
made a scene
Early last year, an impeachment vote was held in the House. While the measure passed, no Republicans voted to impeach Donald Trump.
Today was a different story. All Democratic members of Congress voted to impeach Trump and they were joined by 10 GOP lawmakers.
The most interesting name among the Republican Reps was Liz Cheney from Wyoming. Cheney is the number 3 Republican in the House. She announced that she would be voting to impeach Trump on Tuesday night.
The decision drew immediate anger from some House Republicans. Among them was Trump sycophant and regular screaming embarrassment Jim Jordan. The Ohio Congressman told reporters, “We ought to have a second vote (for Conference Chair). The conference ought to vote on that.”
Matt Rosendale (R-MT) also blasted the Wyoming Rep. saying, “When Representative Cheney came out for impeachment today, she failed to consult with the Conference, failed to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference, and ignored the preferences of Republican voters. She is weakening our conference at a key moment for personal political gain and is unfit to lead. She must step down as Conference Chair.”
EXCLUSIVE: Freshman Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale joins calls for Conference Chair Liz Cheney to resign from leadership after her call to impeach President Trump. The daughter of VP Dick Cheney, she is the highest ranking Republican to join Speaker Pelosi's impeachment effort.
The majority of Americans support removing President Donald Trump from office after he incited an attack against Congress, according to the latest Morning Consult/Politico survey.
53 percent of voters support the House’s impeachment proceedings, which kicked off earlier this morning. Impeachment articles are expected to pass and be sent to the Senate. 54 percent say the Senate should convict Trump on the charge of insurrection against Congress and remove him from office.
90 percent of Democrats say they support the impeachment proceedings while 80 percent of Republicans say they are against it, indicating a sharp divide along party lines. 47 percent of independents say they support impeaching and removing the president. 38 percent oppose the proceedings and 15 percent did not give an opinion on the matter.
The president’s approval and disapproval ratings also lie in stark contrast to previous polls, a sign that the insurrection has divided voters like no issue before or since.
While perceptions about the president worsened among independents, the decline was largely driven by a 15-point drop in Trump’s net approval rating — the share who approve minus the share who disapprove — among Republican voters, whose support for the president has been mostly unflinching over the course of his four years in office,” Morning Consult, which conducted the poll between January 8 and January 10, observes.
Donald Trump has been unhinged his entire presidency. Since the lost the presidency in November, though, he has become even more unhinged.
And all his crazy behavior and comments came to a head last week when a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. And there will be consequences for his actions.
First, the Democratic led Congress will soon impeach Trump for a second time. The PGA also announced that they will be moving the 2022 Championship away from Trump‘s Bedminster Club.
According to Maggie Haberman, Trump is much more upset about losing the tournament than the looming impeachment. The New York Times scribe tweeted, “A lot has happened in the last week, including the president losing his Twitter feed, impeachment coming to the fore and the PGA withdrawing from Trump National. He’s ‘gutted’ by the PGA move, a person close to the White House says.”
He’s angry about impeachment, people who have spoken to him say. But the reaction to the PGA decision was different order of magnitude.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 11, 2021