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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

The House impeachment inquiry into President Trump has already uncovered evidence of a "quid pro quo" the president continues to deny. But none of that evidence will matter if House Democrats don't present the evidence in a way that moves the needle of public opinion.

Democrats can't afford to wait for the inevitable Senate trial to make their case. They will lose control of the process in the Senate, and they face an uphill battle given that they need the votes of 20 Republican Senators to remove Trump from office.

The only hope of creating a Republican stampede away from Trump is by persuading their constituents his removal is warranted. These are technically public hearings but because so much evidence has already been gathered in the closed-door depositions, these hearings are actually much more like a trial. And Democrats need to treat them that way.

That means thinking of the public as the jury.



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To persuade a jury that is scattered across the country, watching from a distance and distracted by daily life and the president's talent for creating diversions, House Democrats will need to use the tools they have to tell a compelling story.

1. Stay focused.

The side with the simpler story usually wins at trial.

2. Start and end strong.

Any good trial lawyer knows that jurors tend to pay attention to the first and last witnesses more than the witnesses sandwiched in between.

3. Work with evidence you do have.

Stonewalling by the Trump administration has cost Democrats important testimony and evidence. But Democrats need to focus on the evidence they have, not the evidence they're missing.

4. Develop your themes.

Successful trial lawyers develop themes that run through their entire case and give it unity.

5. Stick to the facts.

Democrats should focus on the facts"which are on their side"and handle this process with the solemnity it merits. If the process looks like a partisan fight, it will be easier for Trump to paint it as "Washington as usual."

6. Explain why it matters.

Democrats need to make the case for removal by explaining why Trump's misconduct is serious.


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While I may disagree with some of the "absolute" nature of some of the facts that Mr. Marriotti sets forth, he obviously knows how to try a case, and this is a road map that the House Majority needs to follow to succeed.

If they start using their time for the usual pontificating in front of the cameras, they will fail.

#1 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-11-05 01:17 PM | Reply

I think the #1 item is very important.

The Democrats are being presented with a wide range of possible wrong-doings to investigate, with more emerging daily.

They need to stay focused upon the ones that are most egregious.

And build and make their case upon that.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-05 08:14 PM | Reply

They are all important, but if they stay on the Quid Pro Quo theme then 5 will be important as well, since the GOP are going to throw Hunter Biden/Joe bragging about withholding aid to get prosecutor fired into the mix early and often.

My guess is that degenerates into a partisan fight and the public will tune out.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2019-11-05 09:11 PM | Reply

Democrats can't afford to wait for the inevitable Senate trial acquittal to make their case.

Sure they can.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-11-05 09:21 PM | Reply


I had just typed a reply to your comment.

But a bug in the site deleted my comment (again!) when I tried to preview it.

Thanks for your reply to my comment, but I'm not re-typing my multi-paragraph reply.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-05 09:51 PM | Reply

The fact of the matter is that they are not going to win if their case is predicated on the Ukraine 'whistleblower'. That is a losing hand and they know it. I am shocked that they are still proceeding at this point. I don't think Pelosi ever expected this to go this far, but Trump called her bluff on the transcript after she already went on record and her hand was forced. This "WB" nonsense was just meant to be a smear campaign, never to move to an actual trial which would only serve to hurt the Dems - by revealing them to be do-nothing hacks, by ensuring no legislative wins occur, and by taking the air out of their 2020 candidates. Impeachment is a gift to Trump.

#6 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-11-05 10:08 PM | Reply

@#6 ... the fact of the matter is that they are not going to win if their case is predicated on the Ukraine 'whistleblower' ..


But their case is not.

Nearly all of the witnesses called to testify have confirmed most, or nearly all, of what the whistle blower said.

Multiple confirmations.

Even from a person who donated a million bucks to the Trump inaugural.

The whistle blower's report has been verified, even by the sort-of transcript release by Pres Trump himself.

Are you really trying to hang your hat upon the peg of whether or not what the whistle blower has stated is correct?

imo, you might want to look for a more solid peg for your hat. Unless you want to pick it up off the floor.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-11-05 10:22 PM | Reply

I'm sure they'll take the advice from an (R)tarded FakeLawyer.

#8 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-11-07 12:57 AM | Reply

Would Biden be subpoened? True, the House won't allow this, but the Senate could.

Cry that his testimony has no bearing on the trial, but he is directly linked if you believe the call was about crimes Trump wanted Biden investigated about.

I guess Justice Roberts has a say?

#9 | Posted by Petrous at 2019-11-07 08:11 AM | Reply

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