Sunday, October 20, 2019

You Won’t Believe What Republicans Just Decided About Impeaching Donald Trump

                  Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats appear poised to impeach President Trump.
Republicans are privately plotting their response in secret closed door meetings.

And you won’t believe what Republicans just decided about impeaching Donald Trump.

The big question surrounding impeachment is “when” and not “if” Democrats will pass articles of impeachment through the House of Representatives.

“There are two competing pressures here,” Democrat Jamie Raskin told reporters. “One is that the president is a one-man crime wave who has generated virtually limitless impeachable offenses and misconduct. On the other hand, we need to develop a process that will close within a period of time that makes sense for the legislative calendar.”

Republicans understand this reality and the Senate caucus met for the first time since Congress returned from its two week fall recess.

During the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out the timetable for a Senate trial on articles of impeachment.

The Washington Post exclusively reports:Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators Wednesday to be ready for an impeachment trial of President Trump as soon as Thanksgiving, as the Senate began to brace for a political maelstrom that would engulf the nation
The Washington Post exclusively reports

…McConnell said the Senate would likely meet six days a week during the trial, lawmakers said.
Republicans emerged from the meeting and fleshed out the timeline of a likely Senate impeachment trial.

“There’s sort of a planned expectation that it would be sometime around Thanksgiving, so you’d have basically Thanksgiving to Christmas — which would be wonderful because there’s no deadline in the world like the next break to motivate senators,” North Dakota Republican Senator Kevin Cramer told reporters after the meeting.

The speed with which Senate Majority Leader McConnell and the Republican caucus wish to dispatch a trial on articles of impeachment was good news from Trump supporters.

A speedy trial means Republicans want to get this process over with and either acquit the President on the Democrats’ phony articles of impeachment or dismiss them altogether.

So far no Republican Senator has actually gone on the record and supported an impeachment inquiry.

And Republican Senators Democrats thought they could pick off – like retiring Tennessee RINO Lamar Alexander – flat out said the charges Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are making do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense.

But the meeting was not all good news for the President.

Some Republican Senators chose not to publicly defend the President by signing a letter from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham declaring that the July 25 phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian President was not an impeachable offense.

The Post also exclusively reported:
During the meeting, Graham lobbied his colleagues to consider a public declaration in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), which would describe Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky seeking an investigation into a domestic political rival as “unimpeachable.” Some senators, however, pushed back against that idea, arguing that Trump would assume that those who did not sign the document would be persuadable on a vote to oust him.

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