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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma said Tuesday that senators participating in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial have "got to be able to see" the book manuscript of former national security adviser John Bolton before they vote on whether to include witnesses in the proceedings.

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The news has placed new pressure on Senate Republicans to allow witnesses, including Bolton, to testify in the trial. Democrats have been trying to peel off four GOP senators in order to subpoena witnesses, including Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

When asked by CNN on Tuesday if she'd like to read his manuscript, Murkowski replied, "I think that Bolton probably has something to offer us. So we'll figure out how we're going to learn more."

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, offered his support of Lankford's idea on Tuesday, writing in a tweet that the manuscript should be available "in a classified setting where each Senator has the opportunity to review the manuscript and make their own determination."

Of course most of these people made up their minds how to vote when Trump and McConnell told them how to vote, and saying they "looked at in private and decided it wasn't important" may be just a ploy to say it was considered.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-01-28 05:09 PM | Reply

What Lankford is saying is that he needs to see just how bad it will be for him to allow Moscow Mitch to block incriminating testimony.

This is where the GOPpers that are not owned by Fat Nixon start thinking about themselves.

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-01-28 05:10 PM | Reply

Putting a book people can buy on Amazon in a SCIF is more coverup from Leningrad Lindsey.

#3 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-28 05:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This is how the Republicans will be trying to prevent Mr Bolton from testifying under oath at the trial.

Sen Lankford, when asked about Mr Bolton testifying, said something to the effect that there are plenty of microphones for him to use if he wants to say anything.

Of course, by using those other microphones, what he says would not be evidence in the trial. Which looks to be Sen Lankford's goal.


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-28 06:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... Sen Lankford, when asked about Mr Bolton testifying, said something to the effect that there are plenty of microphones for him to use if he wants to say anything. ...

Too many pronouns. Let me try again... :)

Sen Lankford, when asked about Mr Bolton testifying, said something to the effect that there are plenty of microphones for Mr Bolton to use if Mr Bolton wants to say anything.

Of course, by using those other microphones, what Mr Bolton says would not be evidence in the trial. Which looks to be Sen Lankford's goal.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-28 07:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Graham argues Bolton shouldn't be witness in Trump impeachment trial
www.axios.com

...In a statement, Graham argued that "one could assume everything attributable to John Bolton is accurate and still the House case would fall well below the standards to remove a president from office."...

So now we have one of the Senate leaders using assumptions about what the evidence might be, and based on those assumptions saying the evidence is not needed.


The Republicans are twisting themselves into knots trying to avoid the very first-person evidence they have been demanding to hear for weeks.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-29 12:23 PM | Reply

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