The Republican Senators Who Are Being Asked To Judge Trump Are Guilty Of The Very Same High Crime For Which The Former President Has Been Impeached
Senator Lindsey Graham speaks at his press conference on Capitol Hill a day after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington on January 7, 2021.
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To Lindsey Graham, who said Donald Trump could “count me out” after the Capitol attack on January 6 but has spent the last month scurrying back to him, is apparently offended by the impeachment case presented by the House managers. “I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd,” he tweeted. And he’s probably right: Reporters in the Senate chamber are saying that some Republicans are engaging in performative disinterest, reading books or refusing to look at the videos of the violence, like they’re a bunch of Judd Nelsons who are too cool for school. Some are even refusing to sit in the chamber, as they are required to do.
Of course Graham is offended, because he is implicated. He, along with many other Republicans who now sit as jurors, were complicit in the very crime they’re now asked to judge.
To Republican Senators, Donald Trump Is Still the Boogeyman
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In Trump’s 2019 Impeachment Trial Romney Was The Only Republican Who Voted To Convict Already Six Times That Many Have Broken With The Ex
A second defendant has stepped into the dock in this first week of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The brilliant work by the House managers contrasted with the inept showing by the former president’s counsel so far leaves no good excuse for anything other than a conviction. That one-sidedness puts the U.S. Senate itself on trial, threatening serious reputational, career and historical consequences for senators who fail do the right thing — vote to convict Trump.
As a trial lawyer who served as co-counsel for the first impeachment of then-President Trump, I had been expecting surprises and there were many. The House managers enlivened what was supposed to be a constitutional debate Tuesday by previewing their main argument: that Trump knowingly incited the insurrectionists. It’s amazing that Trump’s lawyers were caught off guard by this. We did the same thing in the 2019 impeachment trial, using the opening debate over whether to call witnesses to preview the entire case. Nevertheless, Trump’s counsel were thrown into confusion — they both showed it and one admitted that they’ll “have to do better.”
Us Political Reporter Sam Clench Explains That Donald Trump’s Second Impeachment Is Just The Start Of The Process
US political reporter Sam Clench explains that Donald Trump’s second impeachment is just the start of the process.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump is planning revenge against the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him.
Donald Trump is plotting revenge against the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach him as he faces a potential criminal probe in Georgia.
The President reportedly was briefed by aides on Wednesday afternoon as he plans political punishment for the GOP members who sided with the Democrats.
Meanwhile, it is reported prosecutors in Georgia are preparing to open a criminal investigation into Mr Trump over his efforts to overturn the results from the 2020 election.
Mr Trump is facing a chaotic final few days in office ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration on Thursday morning after his efforts to secure himself a second term failed and appeared to end with the riot at the Capitol.
Legal challenges against him are mounting after he spent months claiming – without evidence – that the election had been stolen from him in an elaborate multi-state conspiracy involving hundreds of thousands of votes.
The President however is remaining defiant to the end as its reported he will leave Washington DC with a large send off and will refuse to the attend Mr Biden’s inauguration.
Some 10 Republicans voted to impeach him, the most ever to cross a party line on such a vote, and Mr Trump is now considering how to get back at them, reports the .
While Most Republicans Are Likely To Vote To Acquit The Former President A Handful Of Votes Appear To Be In Play
Former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the riot at the Capitol Jan. 6 begins with the battle lines clearly drawn. The partisan math makes it unlikely there will be the 67 votes necessary for a conviction. But at least a handful of Republican senators do appear to be in play to join what will likely be all the Democrats in voting to convict.
Forty-four of the Senate’s 50 Republicans voted Tuesday that the trial was unconstitutional because Mr. Trump has left office. Most legal experts disagree with that argument, but it was embraced by both the Trump defense team and even senators who believe he bears some responsibility for the riot, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Here are the most important Republican senators to watch during the second Trump impeachment trial.
Sen. Mitt Romney
Sen. Susan Collins
Ms. Collins has long held Trump at arm’s-length, especially when running successfully for a fifth term last year. Ms. Collins frequently falls back on a refrain that as a juror she can’t comment on impeachment proceedings until she gets to hear from the prosecution and the defense, but she has sharply criticized Trump’s conduct. “He incited them in the first place” and later failed to quell the violence by his supporters “by repeating his grievances and telling the rioters that he knew how they felt,” she wrote in a first-person account of Jan. 6 for the Bangor Daily News.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
They Know If He Runs Again In Four Years He Will Win And His America First Agenda Would Be Back On
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’30 Republican Senators Would Vote To Impeach Trump’ If Vote Was Secret Gop Consultant Claims
Prominent GOP consultant Mike Murphy claimed on Wednesday that he was told by a Republican senator that the majority of Republican senators “would vote to impeach” President Donald Trump if they could do so anonymously.
“These Senate Republicans, should the Democrats vote impeachment, which is far more likely than not, are going to be pinned down to a yes/no answer,” Murphy, who previously advised Republican politicians including Mitt Romney, John McCain and Jeb Bush, said in an interview with MSNBC.
“The politics of it will get worse and worse for Trump,” the Republican political consultant, who has long been critical of Trump, said.
“One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump,” he claimed, suggesting that the GOP lawmakers are concerned that voting against the president could harm them politically. The Senate is currently controlled by Republicans, with 53 GOP lawmakers serving in the legislative body.
On Tuesday, Murphy published an op-ed in The Washington Post, urging lawmakers to pursue Trump’s impeachment following revelations that the president had pressured Ukraine to launch an investigation into the business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of the president’s political opponent, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden.
Over the weekend, prior to the transcript’s release, Romney also voiced serious concern via Twitter.
Opinionmy Fellow Republicans Please Do The Right Thing And Back An Impeachment Inquiry
On Tuesday, Romney finally had some company. He was joined by the same four colleagues — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Susan Collins of Maine and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania — who also joined him in November in acknowledging Joe Biden’s victory and standing steadfast in opposition to outlandish claims that the election was rigged or stolen.
Murkowski denounced Trump for having “perpetrated false rhetoric that the election was stolen and rigged, even after dozens of courts ruled against these claims.” Sasse said Trump didn’t have any evidence to back up his claims of election fraud, “and neither do the institutional arsonist members of Congress who will object to the Electoral College vote.”
Opinionthis Trump Impeachment Defense Falls Apart As Soon As You Read The Constitution
Yet 45 Republican senators voted against taking up the impeachment trial Tuesday. Some want to spend as little time thinking and talking about Trump as possible, but many are still in thrall to his base. Twenty Republican-held Senate seats will be contested in two years, and the current occupants no doubt fear primary challengers from the MAGA right if they show any sign of breaking with Trump. What’s less clear is why, given their rhetoric and behavior over the last four years, they think the country would be any worse off with Trump sycophants in their seats.
Thanks to the impeachment process they’ve been gifted by the Democrats, Senate Republicans have one last chance to break with Trump and the conspiracist authoritarianism he represents. Their opening move Tuesday was a weak one, but they still have time for a course correction when the vote on conviction takes place next month. If they won’t do it for the country, they should at least do it to save their place in the party.
Scholar Rebukes Trump Impeachment Defense Team Saying They Misrepresented His Writings
Michigan State University College of Law professor Brian Kalt said former President Trump’s impeachment defense team repeatedly misrepresented his writings in their legal brief concerning the trial.
Kalt said that Trump’s legal team did not cite his article accurately, according to NBC News. In a law review article, he concluded that the Senate has authority to try former officials.
“There is plenty in there for them to use. The problem was that they did not cite accurately,” he told NBC News. — Christian Nunley
Raskin: ‘january Exception’ To Impeachment Would Be The ‘worst Nightmare’ Of Founders
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that carving out a “January exception” for prosecuting impeachable offenses would be the “worst nightmare” of America’s founders.
Raskin, the lead House impeachment manager, was the first to deliver arguments on the question of whether it is constitutional for the Senate to hold an impeachment trial for a president who has already left office.
Former President Donald Trump left the White House on Jan. 20.
Raskin characterized his opponents, Trump’s legal team, as arguing that otherwise impeachable conduct cannot be challenged in the final portion of a presidency.
As part of his argument against that position, Raskin played a lengthy video showing numerous clips of Trump’s pre-riot rally, followed by rioters storming the Capitol and lawmakers evacuating their chambers.
“If the president’s arguments for a January exception are upheld … would have you believe that there is absolutely nothing the Senate can do about it,” Raskin said. — Kevin Breuninger
Gop Leader Mccarthy: Trump ‘bears Responsibility’ For Violence Won’t Vote To Impeach
Some ambitious Republican senators have never been as on board the Trump train as the more feverish GOP members in the House, and the former might be open to convicting Trump. But their ambition cuts two ways — on the one hand, voting to ban Trump opens a lane to carry the Republican mantle in 2024 and be the party’s new standard-bearer, but, on the other, it has the potential to alienate many of the 74 million who voted for Trump, and whose votes they need.
It’s a long shot that Trump would ultimately be convicted, because 17 Republicans would need to join Democrats to get the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction. But it’s growing clearer that a majority of the Senate will vote to convict him, reflecting the number of Americans who are in favor of impeachment, disapproved of the job Trump has done and voted for his opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
Correction Jan. 14, 2021
A previous version of this story incorrectly said Rep. Peter Meijer is a West Point graduate. Meijer attended West Point, but he is a graduate of Columbia University.
With Some Republicans On Board Us House Democrats Press Forward On Impeachment Vote
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WASHINGTON – With at least five Republicans joining their push to impeach President Donald Trump over the storming of the U.S. Capitol, Democrats in the House of Representatives stood poised for a history-making vote to try to remove the president from office.
With eight days remaining in Trump’s term, the House will vote on Wednesday on an article of impeachment accusing the Republican of inciting insurrection in a speech to his followers last week before a mob of them stormed the Capitol, leaving five dead.
That would trigger a trial in the still Republican-controlled Senate, although it was unclear whether enough time or political appetite remained to expel Trump.
Democrats moved forward on an impeachment vote after a effort to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove Trump was rejected by Pence on Tuesday evening.
“I do not believe that such a course of action is in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution,” Pence said in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Despite the letter, the House passed a resolution formally calling on Pence to act. The final vote was 223-205 in favor.
While that was occurring, Trump’s iron grip on his party was showing further signs of slipping as at least four Republicans, including a member of the House leadership, said they would vote for his second impeachment – a prospect no president before Trump has faced.
Trump’s Defense Team Begins Argument Against Constitutionality Of Impeachment Trial
A member of former President Donald Trump’s legal team began his argument against the constitutionality of the Senate impeachment trial by condemning those responsible for the violence at the Capitol.
“You will never hear anybody representing former President Trump say anything at all other than what happened on Jan. 6 in the storming and the breaching of the Capitol should be denounced in the most vigorous terms,” attorney Bruce Castor Jr. said as he began his remarks.
Trump’s legal team is arguing that it is unconstitutional for the Senate to hold a trial to convict a former president.
Democratic House impeachment managers decried the idea of a “January exception” to being held accountable for impeachable conduct. — Kevin Breuninger
House Votes To Impeach Trump But Senate Trial Unlikely Before Biden’s Inauguration
9. Rep. John Katko, New York’s 24th: Katko is a moderate from an evenly divided moderate district. A former federal prosecutor, he said of Trump: “It cannot be ignored that President Trump encouraged this insurrection.” He also noted that as the riot was happening, Trump “refused to call it off, putting countless lives in danger.”
10. Rep. David Valadao, California’s 21st: The Southern California congressman represents a majority-Latino district Biden won 54% to 44%. Valadao won election to this seat in 2012 before losing it in 2018 and winning it back in the fall. He’s the rare case of a member of Congress who touts his willingness to work with the other party. Of his vote for impeachment, he said: “President Trump was, without question, a driving force in the catastrophic events that took place on January 6.” He added, “His inciting rhetoric was un-American, abhorrent, and absolutely an impeachable offense.”
Donald Trumps Second Impeachment Trial Rests In The Hands Of Republican Senators
With a two-thirds majority of senators required to convict the former president, 17 GOP lawmakers would have to join the Democrats
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Democratic control of the US Senate could create problems for Donald Trump in the weeks ahead when the former president likely faces his second impeachment trial – but not because Democrats by themselves would be able to convict Trump on the charge at hand: incitement of insurrection.
A two-thirds majority of voting senators – 67 if all 100 members vote – is still required to convict the president, and the Democratic caucus will number only 50 senators. Thus they would need 17 Republicans to join them to convict Trump.
If convicted, Trump could be banned from ever again holding public office. If not, Trump, who won the votes of 74 million Americans just two months ago, might simply run for president again in 2024.
Late Thursday it emerged that Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to push back the start of the Senate trial to give Trump time to prepare. He said he is suggesting the impeachment charge be presented to the Senate on 28 January and the trial to start two weeks after that.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said he was negotiating on timing but added “make no mistake about it. There will be a trial, there will be a vote, up or down or whether to convict the president”.
Trump Calls For ‘no Violence’ As Congress Moves To Impeach Him For Role In Riot
This time, there will be more. Some Republican senators have called on Trump to resign, and even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he is undecided at this point.
Trump’s impeachment won’t lead to his removal — even if he is convicted — because of the timeline. The Senate is adjourned until Tuesday. The next day, Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president. But there’s another penalty the Constitution allows for as a result of a Senate conviction that could be appealing to some Republican senators — banning Trump from holding “office” again.
While there is some debate as to the definition of “office” in the Constitution and whether that would apply to running for president or even Congress, that kind of public rebuke would send a strong message — that Republicans are ready to move on from Trumpism.
Fox Asks Court To Drop Smartmatic’s $27 Billion Suit Over False Election Claims
An attorney for Fox Corporation and Fox News asked a court in New York to drop a $2.7 billion defamation suit brought against the media companies by Smartmatic, a voting systems maker targeted by conspiracy theorists who regularly appeared on the news network, as well as some Fox hosts.
Paul Clement, a veteran Supreme Court lawyer who served as solicitor general under former President George W. Bush, wrote in court papers that Fox could not be held liable because its actions were protected by the First Amendment’s press freedom guarantees.
“This lawsuit strikes at the heart of the news media’s First Amendment mission to inform on matters of public concern,” Clement wrote in a filing submitted to the New York State Supreme Court in the County of New York.
In addition to Fox Corporation and Fox News, Smartmatic named Fox hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro as defendants in its suit. It also named Trump allies Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor.
The case is one of several brought by Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, another voting machine supplier, against those who peddled false and frequently outlandish claims about Trump’s defeat to President Joe Biden in November’s contest. – Tucker Higgins
Rep Tim Ryan: Probe Underway On Whether Members Gave Capitol Tours To Rioters
7. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington’s 3rd: Herrera Beutler was swept in with the Tea Party wave in 2010, but her district is a moderate one. Trump won it 51% to 47%. Herrera Beutler gained prominence several years ago for giving birth to a child three months early, born without kidneys and a rare syndrome. Her daughter, Abigail, became the first to survive the often-fatal condition. The now-mother of three and congresswoman from southwest Washington state declared on the House floor her vote in favor of impeachment: “I’m not choosing sides, I’m choosing truth.”
8. Rep. Peter Meijer, Michigan’s 3rd: Meijer is a freshman, who won his seat with 53% of the vote. He represents a district that was previously held by Justin Amash, the former Republican-turned-independent who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment in 2019. Meijer, a Columbia University grad who served in Afghanistan, is a social conservative in favor of restrictions on abortion rights and against restrictions on gun rights and religious freedoms. But he said Trump showed no “courage” and “betrayed millions with claims of a ‘stolen election.’ ” He added, “The one man who could have restored order, prevented the deaths of five Americans including a Capitol police officer, and avoided the desecration of our Capitol, shrank from leadership when our country needed it most.”
Trump Attorney Schoen Accuses Lawmakers Of ‘insatiable Lust For Impeachment’
Trump’s second defense attorney to speak on Tuesday, David Schoen, delivered a scathing critique of the impeachment process in a speech that accused Democrats of seeking to go after the ex-president in any way they could.
“The denial of due process in this case of course starts with the House of Representatives,” Schoen, a former lawyer to Trump ally Roger Stone, said from the Senate floor.
Schoen’s remarks, which he at times read from prepared notes, were more direct than those made by Castor, who assumed a folksy persona and appeared to ramble.
“In this unprecedented snap impeachment process, the House of Representatives denied every attribute of fundamental constitutional due process that Americans have correctly come to believe is what makes this country so great,” Schoen said. “How and why did that happen? It is a function of the insatiable lust for impeachment in the House for the last four years.”
Schoen played a video montage of Democrats, including the lead impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling for Trump’s impeachment as far back as 2017.
Other Democrats shown in the video included Keith Ellison, the former Minnesota congressman who now serves as that state’s attorney general, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, Rep. Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
Sen Rand Paul Objects To ‘sham’ Impeachment Trial Of Former President Trump
Those five votes — and the senators’ clear, forceful statements against Trump’s lies since the election — suggest that there is still a healthy, responsible part of the party . But there’s no guarantee it will survive. As the saying goes, the first step to fixing a problem is admitting you have one.
And Republicans have a very serious problem.
As they know better than anyone else, the kinds of politicians who populate the Senate don’t have a place in the party they’ve helped create. No matter how much they court Trump’s base or dog-whistle to the conspiracy theorists, foreign policy hawks like Marco Rubio of Florida, anti-poverty innovators like Tim Scott of South Carolina, old-school appropriators like Roy Blunt of Missouri, chameleons like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and erstwhile constitutional libertarians like Mike Lee of Utah don’t have a place in a party whose future belongs to Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, two freshman Republicans who have expressed sympathy for the QAnon cult.
There Are Historical Examples Of Officials Being Tried After Leaving Office
Many Republicans have argued that the Senate trial lacks constitutional legitimacy because Trump has already left office. But scholars and Democratic lawmakers have pointed out that the US Constitution is silent on the issue, and point to previous examples of federal officials, such as judges, being tried even after leaving office.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a report from the Congressional Research Service — Congress’s internal research organization — found that “while the matter is open to debate, the weight of scholarly authority agrees that former officials may be impeached and tried.”
The CRS report cited the example of Secretary of War William Belknap, who was impeached by the House and tried in the Senate in 1876, though he had already resigned after evidence emerged that he had acted corruptly.
Laurence Tribe, a legal scholar at Harvard Law School, wrote in the Washington Post in January that “the clear weight of history, original understanding and congressional practice bolsters the case for concluding that the end of Donald Trump’s presidency would not end his Senate trial.”
That isn’t to say there is a consensus on this view. Former federal appeals court judge J. Michael Luttig has argued that the Senate trial would be unconstitutional, and says that he believes only the Supreme Court can make a definitive judgment on the matter.
Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial Officially Begins As Senate Comes To Order
Former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial officially kicked off Tuesday, with the Senate convening in the chamber as a court of impeachment.
The trial began nearly a month after the House impeached Trump on one article of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.
Democrats had unsuccessfully pushed Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to start the trial before Trump left office on Jan. 20. With Trump now a private citizen, the opening hours of the trial are expected to center around whether it is constitutional for the Senate to try a former president. — Kevin Breuninger
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Boebert live-tweeted about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s location during the Capitol insurrection Jan. 6 as Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, was being rushed to a secure location. Greene, among other offenses, made in 2018 and 2019 suggesting that she supported executing prominent Democrats.
Some of the senators who endorsed Paul’s motion Tuesday might be tempted to think they can simply move on from Trump and therefore want to avoid an impeachment trial so his entire shameful presidency can be forgotten as quickly as possible.
But they’ve helped to create a disaster much bigger than Trump. By giving in to him at every turn, Republicans helped create the epidemic of conspiracy theories and alternative facts rampant in the Republican Party.
Perhaps most consequentially, they endorsed his Big Lie about the election. It wasn’t just Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri who propagated fantasies about widespread voter fraud, irregularities and a “steal.” Fourteen Senate Republicans announced before the attack on the Capitol that they planned to object to counting at least one state’s electoral votes, even though Trump had won none of his more than 60 lawsuits trying to overturn the results and even though no evidence of widespread voter fraud was found by election officials in any state regardless of party.
Republicans Who Voted To Convict Trump In Impeachment Trial Face Backlash
- The seven Republicans who sided with Democrats by voting to convict former President Donald Trump have been rebuked in their states and criticized by other factions within the party.
- The rift over Trump comes as the GOP hopes to win back the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections.
Backlash has been swift and unrelenting for the few Republicans in Congress who voted alongside Democrats in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
Some of the seven senators who voted to convict Trump on the charge of inciting the deadly Capitol riot are facing censure and criticism from within the party. One Republican who voted to impeach Trump in the House was reportedly even denounced by members of his own family.
“Oh my, what a disappointment you are to us and to God!” read a letter to Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., signed by multiple family members who support Trump, The New York Times reported Monday.
“It is now most embarrassing to us that we are related to you. You have embarrassed the Kinzinger family name!” read the letter dated Jan. 8, five days before he voted to impeach Trump.
The rift between Republicans who have vocally condemned Trump over the Jan. 6 invasion and those who want to keep him as a party leader comes as the GOP hopes to win back the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections. Trump, who maintains , has strongly indicated he plans to remain active in politics.
His state’s Republican Party censured him hours after the final vote.
Here Are The 7 Rino Republicans Who Voted To Impeach President Trump
Write these names down, remember them.
They are not fit to continue serving in office in the Republican party.
Actually….I feel like we need a new party altogether.
I don’t really want to be a “Republican”.
But I want nothing to do with the RINOs.
President Trump was acquitted today in a historic SECOND sham impeachment trial.
He soundly defeated the action, as the Democrat House Managers suddenly caved in a surprise turn of events after Trump’s team put Nancy Pelosi on the witness list.
— The New York Times February 13, 2021
Former U.S. President Trump declared not guilty at the post-presidency impeachment trial.
Senate vote was 57 Guilty & 43 Not Guilty. 67 was needed to impeach. Donald Trump can officially run for U.S. president in 2024 despite acts of treason & insurrection. #TrumpImpeachmentpic.twitter.com/8W5WJPEGSV
Here are the 7 RINO Republicans who voted with the Dems:
? 7 GOP senators voting guilty so far *updated*-Sen. Burr
— Olivia Beavers February 13, 2021
Never EVER vote for these people again!
Primary them, get them OUT!