Meanwhile, Back At The Impeachment …

Donald Trump may believe that his warmongering, his assassination of a top Iranian general, his threats to Iran that he will destroy 52 of their cultural icons, and his attempt to start WWIII will cause us to all lose sight of his impeachment and looming trial.  It won’t.  Impeachment news may have taken a backseat in the press, but it definitely is not going away, as Trump had obviously intended.  A few things made their way into the news yesterday regarding impeachment.

So, former National Security Advisor John Bolton says he will be willing to testify before the Senate impeachment trial if allowed to do so.  At least 4 republicans and every democrat in the Senate will have to vote in favour of hearing Bolton’s testimony, and I’m not sure there are four republican senators who own a pair, much less remember where they keep them.

However, my question is this … why didn’t Bolton come through and testify during the House impeachment hearings?  His lawyer says he knew about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to the Ukraine matter that had not been shared with impeachment investigators.  It is also said that he was “deeply troubled” by the campaign to get Ukraine to investigate Democrats.  So, if all of that was true, and if Mr. Bolton has a conscience and wishes to do the right thing, where was that conscience in November and December?

And then, there was Lindsey Graham.  Good ol’ Lindsey who cannot remember from one day to the next who his friends are, and who one day wants to censure Trump, and the next day thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Lindsey Graham who stabbed his “best friend” John McCain in the back.  Now Lindsey has decided it is up to him to decide to change the Senate rules regarding Trump’s trial and (hopefully) conviction.

Nancy Pelosi, as you know, has not yet sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate, pending some indication from the Senate that they are prepared to hold some semblance of a fair and impartial trial.  To date, both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have blatantly stated that they had no intention of being fair, that the trial would simply be a formality to be gotten through, with Trump’s acquittal the pre-determined outcome.  This is not acceptable, and Ms. Pelosi is holding back sending the articles, hoping for some reassurance that the Senate will do their proper job.

That is what has Lindsey and a number of other senators up in arms.  Why do they care?  Because, the closer it gets to November 3rd, election day, the less they want the publicity of an ongoing impeachment trial to be fresh on the minds of the voters.  The republican senators want the trial to be speedy and low-key, with few or no witnesses called, and to be over and done as quickly and early as possible.  Not, mind you, because it is in the best interest of We the People, but only because it is in their best interests for re-election.  People have short attention spans, especially in the current climate with war looking more and more likely, and if the trial were held in late January, by November a large percentage of people would have forgotten all about it.

What Lindsey is proposing is a change in the Senate rules …

“What I would do, if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Senator McConnell to change the rules of the Senate so we could start the trial without her, if necessary.

Well, we’re not going to let Nancy Pelosi use the rules of the Senate to her advantage. This is dangerous to the presidency as an institution. They impeached the president, but the speaker of the House is holding the articles back, trying to extort from the majority leader of the Senate a trial to her liking. They’re trying to hold these articles over the head of the president.

If we don’t get the articles this week, then we need to take matters in our own hands and change the rules, deem them to be delivered to the Senate so we can start the trial, invite the House over to participate if they would like. If they don’t come, dismiss the case and get on with governing the country.”

Get on with governing the country, Lindsey???  WTF are you talking about, for you and your ignoble buddies there in the Senate have refused to pass legislation sent over by the House of Representatives for over a bloody year now!  You haven’t done a thing but sit on your fat ass and run your ignorant mouth.  Govern the country, my foot!

The way I see it, the impeachment trial has now taken on an even greater importance, for in the last 5 days, Trump has proven that he is, indeed, the madman I’ve been calling him.  This nation absolutely cannot handle another five years of his presidency, and frankly I’m not sure we can survive another year and come out intact.  It is on the Senate to make sure his trial is by the book, that witnesses are called by both parties, that the evidence is seriously considered, and that he is convicted and removed from office.  Anything less than that is unacceptable and will cost lives … many lives.

60 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Back At The Impeachment …

  1. @RubinReport: This sham is becoming too obvious. She got her impeachment in the House and now won’t send it to the Senate bc it will die there. Instead she holds the country hostage and pretends she’s the good guy for it.

    The Left is making more Trump supporters than Trump could himself…
    @bennyjohnson: Q: “Are you holding the articles indefinitely?”

    A: Pelosi “I’ll send them over when I’m ready.”

    This is a disgrace. An authoritarian, third-world power grab tactic. These people hate the Constitution. They hate your vote. Pelosi thinks she rules this country.
    Prove otherwise. https://t.co/BsPA5D4fPP

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    • @RubinReport: This sham is becoming too obvious. She got her impeachment in the House and now won’t send it to the Senate bc it will die there. Instead she holds the country hostage and pretends she’s the good guy for it.

      But this is wrong.

      The real sham is in the senate plans to not have a full trial. Pelosi expected all along that Trump would likely be acquitted in the senate. But McConnell wants to have only a sham trial with a quick vote to acquit and no honest presentation and examination of evidence.

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      • It’s interesting that there seems to be a bit of a crack in the unity of the democrats over this. Diane finestein asked Nancy if impeachment is so urgent, why not send the articles over. You can look that up and I’m sure it won’t be hard to find, though she later backtracked on this. It doesn’t give me confidence in our politicians when they can’t even say what they mean or mean what they say and have to always dig themselves out of holes they create for themselves.

        No wonder I don’t trust any of these psychopaths.

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        • There will never be complete agreement within any party … differences of opinion are human nature. However, the main thing, the glue that holds the Democratic Party together, is the concept that government should work for the people, not the other way around. And that people who have not had the same opportunities as others, for whatever reasons, should be helped by government. Though I am an independent voter, not registered to either party, I definitely relate more nearly to their ideology, for the republican’s platform is more about corporate wealth and support of those in the upper echelons.

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  2. I’ll make no judgement about Bolton’s possible motives, but it seems rather likely that he is fairly certain that the Republican controlled Senate will not subpoena him anyway. That said, it is also dubious at best that he suddenly has developed a conscience or that he suddenly discovered that he does ‘own a pair’! Now then, would this be the same Lindsey Graham who back in May of 2016 said that he “cannot in good conscience support Trump” and “I don’t believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgement and temperament to serve as commander in chief.” and “It’s hard to believe that in a nation of more than 300 million Americans, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be our choices for President.” If so, Lindsey has come a long way since then. Apparently he lost ‘a pair’ and can comfortably wade in the swamp with McConnell and Trump! Thank-you!

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    • Good point that Bolton may have already been assured by McConnell that he would not be subpoenaed. Yes, this is the same Lindsey Graham, and it is also the same Lindsey Graham who said in 1998, that President Richard Nixon made himself subject to impeachment the day he failed to answer a congressional subpoena. And it is the same Lindsey Graham who, in 1999, during impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, Graham asserted that an impeachable offense “doesn’t even have to be a crime”. Apparently Lindsey Graham cannot keep up with his own beliefs. Integrity? I think not. Cojones? If he has any, he keeps them in a safe deposit box in the bank, where they have grown mold. Bah, humbug!

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  3. I do not trust Bolton Jill. I too, am amazed he’s had an epiphany all of a sudden. Why? That’s the big question here. Some are saying that Schiff should subpoena him right now. I think that’s a good suggestion. I’d love to hear how he would explain not showing up for that one. I just think we all need to be careful thinking this guy is going to put a dagger into Trump’s presidency. Never forget, he’s one of the original neocons. I don’t trust any of those people.

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  4. Jill, my guess is Bolton wants to use the platform to reinforce the aggression toward Iran. But, I do believe he wants to clear his name by indicting Giuilani moreso than the president. The cross examination would be interesting, especially if he is not forthcoming or contradicts other testimony,

    Keith

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    • I hadn’t even thought he might have an ulterior motive … just figured he would know more about it all than most anybody, and since Trump fired him, he really had nothing to lose. But, several have mentioned we should question what it is he has to say, and why now?

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  5. It makes all non-conservatives everywhere crazy, NTP, but it’s obvious conservatives don’t care about facts or reason or humanity, all they want is power and to keep power. Just look at all the conservtive premiers we have in Canada, a bunch of little Trumps. They lie, cheat and steal for power. I’m sick of this whole fucked-up world. Change is a necessity!

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