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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump met Wednesday at the White House and discussed the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. McConnell walked Trump through the trial format and discussed how Senate Republicans were reacting to the developments around the trial.

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Doesn't matter! That's how it was in the house!!

-lil jeffy

#1 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-09 11:12 AM | Reply

McConnell wants a quick trial -- and White House officials confirmed to CNN that they are on the same page with the leader.

"We want this to start as quickly as possible," said Eric Ueland, the White House legislative director. "We want the President to be acquitted as quickly as possible."

This is akin to the district attorney having a private meeting with a defendant before his trial starts and going over how the prosecution will pursue their case with the expressed intent of supporting his acquittal.

And no one has yet mentioned the unquestionable conflict that McConnell finds himself in because his wife is employed by the defendant, appointed by Trump as one of his Cabinet officials.

It what other reality would any rational person view these circumstances and arrive at the conclusion that whatever follows the already known confluence of events could possibly constitute "impartial justice," something all Senate "jurors' must take an oath under penalty of perjury to deliver?

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-01-09 11:13 AM | Reply

#2 you're asking unethical people (righties) to ponder a question of ethics.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-09 11:59 AM | Reply

And...? So what. Political processes are political.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-01-09 03:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The White House has become Mos Eisly spaceport. Just a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

#5 | Posted by Sezu at 2020-01-09 03:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh, how I long for the good old days when Trump was still a private citizen and just spent his days defrauding students of his fake university and stealing charitable donations intended for kids with cancer and wounded veterans. Things seemed so innocent back then.

#6 | Posted by anton at 2020-01-09 03:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

But, there was NO COLLUSION!!!

-The Colluder in Chief.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-09 03:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Political processes are political.

#4 | POSTED BY VISITOR_M

Got a better quote.

No Man is above the Law.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-09 03:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

McConnell makes the rules. If he wants only Republicans, that they dress like circus clowns and blow a breath alcohol of 3 times the legal limit before proceedings, he can. It's best to get this thing over with while a bit of the Constitution is still relevant.

#9 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2020-01-09 03:39 PM | Reply

Republicans are scum and democracy is dead

#10 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-01-09 03:43 PM | Reply

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Lee,

If there is no trial then my quote, "No Man is above the Law" is no longer true. If that is no longer true then our Constitution is in tatters.

The dam will have burst. The MAGA will be complete.

Until or unless Trump loses his grip on power. But they are trying to ensure can hold that power. Which also grants him immunity for his crimes. And you and I cannot stop them if Congress cannot stop them.

If this happens, as it appears it is going to, then all Congrats go to the for what happens now.

You built that.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-09 03:47 PM | Reply

Doh...should be...

"If this happens, as it appears it is going to, then all Congrats go to the Deplorables for what happens now. "

Siri is trying to censor me!

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-09 03:49 PM | Reply

If he's not accountable to the law now, why would he leave office after his term is up?

#13 | Posted by dibblda at 2020-01-09 03:52 PM | Reply

I'll take "Things Impartial Jurors Do" for $200, Alex.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-09 04:10 PM | Reply

#11-13

The constitutional Republican right still hasn't yet realized that this is the moment where they either step up and demand that Trump has to follow the law (even if it is done behind closed doors under the threat of impeachment conviction) or this executive is fully above and beyond the norms and laws every previous administration adhered to.

The reason Sens. Paul and Lee blew their gaskets yesterday wasn't just the lack of any deference toward Congress' role as a co-equal branch, it was after someone in the Senate floated the hypothetical of whether or not Trump feels that he would be legally obligated to inform Congress beforehand if he decided to assassinate the leader of Iran and none of Trump's team would agree with absolute certainty that he would.

While I don't expect for a nanosecond that the GOP Senate might convict Trump, they certainly need to reclaim Congress' constitutional role as an equal partner by threatening to vote for his conviction (again, behind closed doors) if they don't receive concrete assurances of White House cooperation moving forward.

In my opinion, this is the last off ramp before Authoritarian town and it's up to elected GOP representatives to change the direction before they'll no longer to be able to. And for those thinking that the courts can somehow constrain him, please tell us just what federal law enforcement entity is going to make him follow the court's edicts if Trump doesn't want to, either by coercion or force?

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-01-09 04:11 PM | Reply

Man, you clowns dropped the WWIII narrative already? Your talking points wouldn't last on a market shelf for a day, ------

#16 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 04:14 PM | Reply

Trumps Benghazii. That's what the masters claimed. Bwahaha!!!!

#17 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 04:16 PM | Reply

The White House has become Mos Eisly spaceport. Just a wretched hive of scum and villainy....

what,youthinkthedemocratsareanybetter?....democratsareallaboutclass...

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Hunter Biden says he wants no custody of 'Baby Doe' he fathered with Arkansas stripper
by Spencer Neale
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Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer ruled on Wednesday morning that Hunter Biden is the "biological and legal father" of the "Baby Doe" child born to Lunden Roberts, named "NJR" in court documents.

"The results of the DNA tests indicate with near scientific certainty that the defendant is the biological father of the child in this case," said Meyer.

Roberts, 28, met Biden, 49, while she was working as an exotic dancer in Washington and is hoping to receive financial compensation for the child's future.

Roberts' attorney Clinton Lancaster demanded Biden be held in contempt of court after he refused to hand over pay stubs or tax returns. Biden denied the claim and asked the court to throw out the motion.

Including NJR, Biden has fathered four children and is expecting a fifth child with new wife Melissa Cohen, a filmmaker from South Africa. Biden has a history of substance abuse and was charged for "possession of controlled substance" in Jersey Shore, New Jersey, in 1988.

#18 | Posted by Pegasus at 2020-01-09 04:18 PM | Reply

#18 Damn...and with that, Hunter Biden has lost my vote for president!

#19 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-09 04:24 PM | Reply

Yeah, Joe. Vote for Bernie and you'll graduate 8th grade free

#20 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 04:26 PM | Reply

This is really disheartening. Meanwhile AOC wants to kick half the dems out of the party.

#21 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-01-09 04:26 PM | Reply

Tony,

Has Trump failed to adhere to any court edicts so far?

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-01-09 04:28 PM | Reply

Meet Tom Dashle; he didn't meet with Democratic Senators, but his staff did!!

Jonathan Swan
""
@jonathanvswan

. @TomDaschle tells me just now: "My former staff reminded me this morning that while I was not in contact with the White House during the trial, they were. There was a need to coordinate on many levels. So I want to be sure that I didn't give you the wrong impression." twitter.com ...
Jonathan Swan
""
@jonathanvswan

. @TomDaschle, who led Senate Democrats during President Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial, tells me: "I felt strongly that, as a "juror", contact or coordination with the White House was not appropriate... 1/2 twitter.com ...

#23 | Posted by homerj at 2020-01-09 04:34 PM | Reply

"Man, you clowns dropped the WWIII narrative already?"

The Iran War, or Trump's War, as it will be known, won't be WWIII

Just like Bush's War, the Iraq War, was not WWIII either.

But, both will be based on Lies. And the lies are getting worse. Or better, if you are a MAGAT.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-01-09 04:36 PM | Reply

Usually when i make a perfect call that is totally legal i rush to hide any record of it from the public and make sure to meet extensively with the people who will decide whether i should lose my job over said perfect and legal call.

#25 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-09 04:37 PM | Reply

Is that when you're playing President? Christ, what a stupid comparison

#26 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 04:49 PM | Reply

You aren't anything so STFU

#27 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 04:50 PM | Reply

It was a joke you sick, obsessed little ankle biting hack.

#28 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-09 05:08 PM | Reply

When Goldwater went to tell Nixon the Senate was getting ready to impeach him he likely had a similar cover story.

#29 | Posted by Tor at 2020-01-09 05:12 PM | Reply

So---

#30 | Posted by Maverick at 2020-01-09 05:21 PM | Reply

The White House has become Mos Eisly spaceport. Just a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

#5 | POSTED BY SEZU

Yes, but that's an apt description of DC in general.

#31 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-01-09 05:21 PM | Reply

Ethics matter to few politicians, and to even fewer Republicans.

#32 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-01-09 05:23 PM | Reply

Joke? You sure are, you miserable little snatch. You are nothing but a unemployed douche

#33 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 05:24 PM | Reply

can you get away with "snatch"?

#34 | Posted by eberly at 2020-01-09 05:26 PM | Reply

When you're famous you can.

#35 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-01-09 05:28 PM | Reply

You're a disgusting snatch if we could go back and read your posts, Yellow Stain. Go suck some knobs for Pete.

#36 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 05:35 PM | Reply

Flag it, Coward. It's what you tough twinks do

#37 | Posted by wisgod at 2020-01-09 05:36 PM | Reply

#33
#36

Wow! Someone hit a sore spot.

#38 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-01-09 05:37 PM | Reply

Look how mad this guy is.

Stay mad.

#39 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-09 05:43 PM | Reply

Less hair-on-fire headline: Leaders of political party meet to discuss political response to political process.
Wow.

#40 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-01-09 05:45 PM | Reply

Ya gotta love all our rwing/libertarians here who now hate that stupid lib.... Rand Paul.

It's like they left their pocket Constitutions in their shirt pocket and it was destroyed in the laundry.

#41 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-09 05:49 PM | Reply

You sure are, you miserable little snatch. You are nothing but a unemployed douche

#33 | Posted by wisgod

LOL this toothless, inbred double wide dwelling mouth breather thinks he's in a position to critique others.

How many side panels on your truck are different colors, numbnuts?

#42 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-09 05:52 PM | Reply

Less hair-on-fire headline: Leaders of political party meet to discuss political response to political process.
Wow.

#40 | Posted by Avigdore

God you're such a piece of schit.

#43 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-09 05:58 PM | Reply

BTW it's funny how for the longest time it was "what crimes did he commit!?!?! WHAT CRIMES!??!??!?!" as a rationale for ignoring his conduct and admitting he deserves to be impeached.

Now, when convenient, it's "meh, this is all just politics".

#44 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-09 06:00 PM | Reply

America might be beyond redemption. Trump has taken a dump in the punch bowl, and his lemmings have declared it delicious and are asking for more.

#45 | Posted by cbob at 2020-01-09 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This situation is still not over. How is it that the issue of House subpoenas being ignored is just being swept under the rug? Nothing proper can take place until those are honored. If the Senate will not make Barr etc appear then there is a mistrial.

#46 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-01-09 07:04 PM | Reply

The House chose to withdraw the subpoenas rather than try to get the courts to make a ruling.
www.cnn.com

#47 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-01-09 07:09 PM | Reply

God you're such a piece of schit.
#43 | POSTED BY JPW

That doesn't even begin to describe what a garbage human being he is.

#48 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-09 07:23 PM | Reply

Trump being a con man and a criminal isn't political.

It's a fact.

I wish republicans could be honest about Trump.

But that's never going to happen.

When you join a cult. You have to commit, 100%.

It's why they label anyone with a different point of view a RINO. Because they dared question the Republican narrative.

#49 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-09 07:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The House needs to just sit on the present articles and start over again with more investigations. Who exactly is forcing Nancy to send the valid but unexciting prequel impeachment forward? Follow the money and impeach him for lining his pockets.

#50 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-01-09 09:09 PM | Reply

#50 if they could prove that, I would be much more on board with this, but right now as a disinterested moderate, it does seem awfully political. The charges against him are weak at best. Are we really going to go after politicians when they make decisions that benefit themselves? Rooting out corruption, no matter the ulterior motive is not a bad move. Moving it to the top of the list because it also benefits him and his campaign, would we really expect anything else from him or ANY other politician? The country leverages its financial investments for its goals every day. EVERY DAY. We can't hand wring about that now.

I know he is the most hated and vilified president in history, and he has earned every bit of that, but this whole thing is certainly political. It's not innocent Democrats raising their constitutions on high and worshiping at the altar of justice. It's an attempt at a political remedy to a political problem.

#51 | Posted by ABH at 2020-01-10 07:42 AM | Reply

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