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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Senate Republicans are preparing for a speedy impeachment trial that concludes before the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles of impeachment as early as Thanksgiving, according to five people familiar with Wednesday's party lunch. McConnell then surmised that the Senate could deal with the trial by Christmas, concluding the impeachment proceedings before the Democratic presidential primaries begin. ...

At the lunch Wednesday, Republicans asked how they can force a vote to dismiss the trial ...

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... Republicans asked how they can force a vote to dismiss the trial ... ...

Imagine, dismissing the trial before evidence is fully presented and rebutted.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-16 04:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Imagine?

It's SOP for the party of "Law and Order"

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-10-16 04:27 PM | Reply

#2

Imagine, it's called Summary Judgment and happens thousands of times a day in Superior and Federal Courts across the country.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-16 04:47 PM | Reply

Imagine, it's called Summary Judgment and happens thousands of times a day in Superior and Federal Courts across the country.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-16 04:47 PM | Reply

Why do you want Donald Trump to remain in office?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2019-10-16 04:59 PM | Reply

#4

Never said I did, I was just pointing out that what they are talking about happens in Courts around the US on a daily basis. Just because someone brings an MSJ doesn't mean that the Judge has to grant it, and I doubt CJ Roberts would since there are ample issues of material fact that need to be decided by the trier of fact, in this case the full Senate.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-16 07:17 PM | Reply

@#2 ... Imagine? ...

I was thinking more of the irony of the Republicans who have been most vocal of late regarding the ability to cross-examine witnesses, present witnesses for the defense, etc.

Now they seem to have changed their tune, and want none (or little) of that.

Could all the evidence that has been emerging of late have become a bit of a concern for them, causing them to look at a full trial in a different, less desirable, light?

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-16 07:48 PM | Reply

#6

Probably not, if the Repubs are thinking about a Summary Judgment type proceeding that usually means that most of what they have heard about is in their favor. Given the paucity of leaks actually pertaining to testimony regarding the substance of the calls from the Dems thus far (and their refusal to release transcripts) that may be the case, but it is all speculation at this point.

#7 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-16 08:24 PM | Reply

@#7 ... most of what they have heard about is in their favor. ...

... and they'd want to have all that "in their favor" evidence made quite public in a more official, more widely-covered manner.

What "usually" happens in a real Court of Law may not necessarily be what happens during the more political impeachment and conviction process.

... it is all speculation at this point....

Yup.


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-10-16 08:49 PM | Reply

Mitch McConnell told Senate Republicans on Wednesday that he expects Speaker Nancy Pelosi to approve articles of impeachment as early as Thanksgiving...

The more I here about this, the more I think she should not. And I suspect that she won't.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-10-16 09:01 PM | Reply

it's called Summary Judgment and happens thousands of times a day in Superior and Federal Courts across the country.

That you'd once again wrongly impute state and federal rules of civil procedure to an impeachment trial, and throw in a comparison of impeaching a president to run of the mill daily lawsuits, is beyond hilarious. You're desperate and delusional, Mr. "non Trump supporter" Trump supporter.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2019-10-16 10:35 PM | Reply

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hat usually means that most of what they have heard about is in their favor.

You're either massively gullible or stupid.

The GOP is going to have a quick trial because their answer is "no" no matter what evidence is uncovered.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2019-10-16 11:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

You dolts are hilarious, the "quick" trial schedule that McConnell is setting up is set for 6 day weeks for a month.

That is not quick by any legal industry standard.

And btw Joe, CJ Roberts is presiding over the trial, pretty sure that he is going to be a stickler for procedure...which could really suck for the lightweights on either side of the aisle that are prosecuting/defending this case.

But you knew that...right? After all, you claimed to have tried a couple of cases years ago.

#12 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-17 12:40 AM | Reply

How was any of that a response to my post?

#13 | Posted by JOE at 2019-10-17 12:18 PM | Reply

#13

Read it closely, especially the part about CJ Roberts being "a stickler for procedure", and then ponder carefully what "procedure" a Federal Judge would rely on for conducting a trial. Now do the same exercise for the Rules of Evidence.

Let me know if you are still confused.

#14 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-10-17 12:34 PM | Reply

Not confused at all. The Constitution and the Senate Rules give you no basis to impute those rules to this trial until the CJ decides to use them. But even more laughable was your suggestion that because summary judgment occurs in run of the mill lawsuits that we should anticipate it here. Is an impeachment tria really that comprable to joe schmo's breach of contract lawsuit?

#15 | Posted by JOE at 2019-10-17 01:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The more I here about this, the more I think she should not. And I suspect that she won't.

#9 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2019-10-16 09:01 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Why?

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-10-17 09:15 PM | Reply

Why?

Because most of the enthusiasm for doing it is coming from the opposite "Party". And, in particular, the smart "Righties" in this little internet space have been advocating it for a long time. I'm guessing they think "pulling the trigger" on a full impeachment process would get it voided by the Senate before the election. IMO donald will look better after having been acquitted by the Senate than he would with the question still hanging out there.

#17 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-10-17 10:43 PM | Reply

I thought differently about that. I thought people might report that he was impeached by the house and that would be enough for people to know. Plus it will drive Donald insane. His instability is a good tool. Pushing him around and jailing his friends will be a good move for the Dems. Acquittal in the Senate will look partisan. More than the impeachment based on evidence.

But hey, I've been wrong about everything for a while now.

#18 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-10-17 11:36 PM | Reply

"Probably not, if the Repubs are thinking about a Summary Judgment type proceeding that usually means that most of what they have heard about is in their favor."

Or they don't want the evidence to be heard at all and are hopeful that Roberts will be a good little Republican tool.

#19 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-18 01:51 PM | Reply

"IMO donald will look better after having been acquitted by the Senate than he would with the question still hanging out there."

Bill Clinton won reelection after impeachment but he was a very popular President and his crime really was based on a marital infidelity, not on Emoluments or other things he did as President.

#20 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-18 01:53 PM | Reply

Moscow Mitch's tagline should be, "The South Will Rise Again!"

Even if it requires destroying the rest of America in order to do so.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-10-18 02:02 PM | Reply

"Bill Clinton won reelection after impeachment"

Clinton was impeached in 98.

#22 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-18 02:11 PM | Reply

That's right, I got my date wrong but, as I recall, he left with a very high poularity rating and probably could have won a third term if that was legal.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-18 03:17 PM | Reply

Not disputed.

#24 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2019-10-18 03:19 PM | Reply

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