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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hardening his argument against new witness testimony in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, a sign that the powerful GOP leader plans to rally fellow Republican senators to block witness testimony and bring a swift end to the proceedings, according to GOP sources.

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Precisely why some of us were concerned about all the votes to block witnesses and documents. There will likely not be a vote on any of these things later:

Manu Raju @mkraju

McConnell is hardening his argument against witnesses, a sign he plans to rally fellow GOP senators to block testimony and bring a swift end to proceedings. He is warning of exec privilege issues and long court fight.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 03:12 PM | Reply

MFA:

McConnell has already led his conference in a fight to defeat Democratic efforts to push for an initial deal to subpoena witnesses, arguing that such decisions should wait until after both sides make their opening arguments and senators ask questions to the House impeachment managers and Trump's defense team. But now that the trial has started, McConnell is focused on bringing the proceedings to a close in about a week-and-half's time, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 03:12 PM | Reply

Of course he is. This is what he and Trump agreed would happen in the show trial.

They just haven't told JeffyJ yet.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-22 03:18 PM | Reply

Politician rallies political allies amidst political process.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2020-01-22 07:13 PM | Reply

We get it Mitch, Trump can do no wrong in your book.

Even if Trump did, McConnell is so entrenched, there's no backing out for him now.

#5 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-01-22 07:15 PM | Reply

Politician rallies political allies amidst political process.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore

Partisan hides behind politics to avoid criticizing his "team".

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-22 08:01 PM | Reply

dims should have taken care of business in their investigation; fact that want further 'witnesses' in the Senate shows how weak their 'attempt at an impeachment they have.

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-01-22 08:07 PM | Reply

70% of Americans WANT WITNESSES, including almost 50% of GOP voters. If this was such a perfect phone call and Combover Quisling should not be removed from office, why are Moscow Mitch and the GOP so eager to cover it up? Americans know this SMACKS OF CRIMINALITY which is why large percentages of people believe Drumpf sought illegal foreign campaign help and that he did something illegal, and 51% want him impeached and removed from office, numbers that Nixon didn't get close to until the smoking gun tapes came out.

Thanks to Nancy's brilliant stoke of political magic, we've seen a cascade of damning evidence come out since December which has made impeachment more popular among all segments of the population. The question is, how much more evidence will come out after the GOP whitewashes this thing. Bolton's book is timed to be released prior to the election, what will he say? How will GOP Senators defend their votes in 2020?

Voting to have no witnesses would guarantee Dems take the Senate in 2020. Out go Gardner, Ernst (Drumpf is -9 in Iowa), Collins (most hated Senator in the country), Tillis, McSally (polling behind and being out raised by Mark Kelly), Kansas (Dem Governor and Dems are polling ahead of election poison Kris Kobach), Perdue and the open GA seat. All these seats are in play, and the Dems are looking likely to pick up at least MA, CO and AZ. Plus look out Mitch and Lindsey as Dems are polling very well in their respective states and raking in LOTS of campaign cash. Mitch is the second most hated Senator in the country and his state just elected a Dem Governor! Depending on who Dems pick at the head of the ticket (POTUS and more importantly VP), this could be a bigger blue tsunami than 2018 in the house.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-01-22 08:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ME not MA, my bad.

#9 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-01-22 09:04 PM | Reply

dims should have taken care of business in their investigation; fact that want further 'witnesses' in the Senate shows how weak their 'attempt at an impeachment they have.

#7 | Posted by MSgt

And Trump and the White House stonewalling when it came to releasing documents and honoring subpoenas had nothing to do with this, eh?

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-22 09:10 PM | Reply

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C'mon right-wingers! Show your integrity. Denounce this move by McConnell.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-01-22 09:31 PM | Reply

#showtrial:

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II @RevDrBarber

In the old Jim Crow South, when racists harmed Black folks, the prosecutor & judge would conspire to have a fake trial & ensure the racists didn't get convicted. We are seeing these same tactics play out in the impeachment trial under McConnell & it's shameful.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 09:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

71% of Republicans think witnesses should be included in the Senate trial. That also includes Trump.

Daddy Mitch knows what's right for the coun...ahem...party. Best listen and not complain or you'll be gettin' the switch! That includes you, Donnie.

#13 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-01-22 10:22 PM | Reply

And Trump and the White House stonewalling when it came to releasing documents and honoring subpoenas had nothing to do with this, eh?
OCU
#10 | POSTED BY OCUSER

It's a -------- argument for anyone interested in the truth. There is presedence for NEW witnesses in a Senate trial. McGahn subpoena is still going through the courts! Which means any other witnesses subpoenaed might have meant this trial taking place after the election. That's simply not logical nor would it be a positive for Trump, making the election compromised. Nobody wants that, hence the argument in question is not in good faith for multiple reasons.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-01-22 10:28 PM | Reply

If they vote for witnesses Mitch will see that they are primaried and be thrown off the gravy train.

If they vote with Mitch their opponents will use their votes against them and they could be thrown off the gravy train.

Their worst nightmare is being thrown off the gravy train.

#15 | Posted by TenMile at 2020-01-22 10:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Josh Marshall @joshtpm

Very helpful explanation from @mkraju. He explains how Republicans are absolutely committed to no witnesses, no documents, no nothing. Especially @SenCoryGardner @SenMcSallyAZ but just as much @SenThomTillis @SenSusanCollins @MittRomney et al. 100% locked down, 100% for Trump.

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#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-01-22 11:30 PM | Reply

Lot of pretty words.

there there are witnesses and they do need to testify.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2020-01-23 02:33 AM | Reply

Republicans,

Why not call ONE WITNESS who can testify Trump did not bribe Ukraine?

There has not been a single defense witness outside of a legal scholar saying the President can do whatever he wants.

Maybe there are no defense witnesses who can testify truthfully that Trump bribe Ukraine...

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-01-23 02:30 PM | Reply

Yurtle is just trying to protect the GOP for having to hear the truth.

#19 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-24 07:41 AM | Reply

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