I'm headed to the Senate floor to talk about the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump. We have a duty to ensure the integrity of the American system of justice and ensure that nobody—including the president—is above the law. Watch live here. https://t.co/PoVP4xp35g
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) January 13, 2020
Senior White House officials tell CBS News they increasingly believe that at least four Republicans, and likely more, will vote to call witnesses in Pres. Trump's impeachment trial, which could get underway in the coming days https://t.co/wBJm9Q66q7 pic.twitter.com/uc1lTDztYf
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) January 13, 2020
Great photo choice, IMO — reminiscent of the evacuation of Saigon. Per the Washington Post:
Top Senate Republicans on Monday rejected President Trump’s call for outright dismissal of the impeachment charges against him, but continued to grapple with the shape of the Senate trial that could begin as soon as this week.
Most Senate Republicans are eager to stage a trial that ends with Trump’s acquittal and vindication on charges that he abused the power of his office in his dealings with Ukraine and obstructed a subsequent investigation in the House. But over the weekend, Trump urged the Senate simply to dismiss the charges against him — without hearing arguments from House prosecutors or his own legal team.
On Monday, senior Republicans said immediate dismissal could not win approval in the chamber, where Republicans hold a 53-seat majority. And even some staunch Trump allies argued that the president’s legacy would benefit from a robust trial…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said that he wants the trial — only the third impeachment of a president in U.S. history — to follow the format used 21 years ago in the trial of President Bill Clinton. In that case, the Senate approved a resolution that would have allowed the Senate to vote to dismiss the charges.
But senior Republicans signaled Monday that they are not inclined to include such a provision in the resolution that will kick off Trump’s trial, perhaps as soon as Thursday…
Rand Paul is definitely going to vote to hearmwitnesses…as long as four other a Republicans have already announced they’re voting for witnesses.
Rand “Never-a-Deciding-Vote” Paul
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 14, 2020
Now let’s get the at least four or more Republican Senators to call for—not just witness—the documents that the White House has been concealing from the U.S. Congress.
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) January 13, 2020
PSA: last week, when McConnell said he had the votes to move forward on impeachment, he clearly did not – but most reporters gave him credit for it anyway. The fact that he’s still negotiating language a week later means he didn’t have the votes back then. https://t.co/PQjdy1Ilpf
— Adam Jentleson 🎈🐢💧 (@AJentleson) January 14, 2020
Looks like Nancy Pelosi can count votes in the Senate Republican caucus better than Kevin McCarthy can in the House Republican caucus.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 13, 2020
"You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – the most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia' – but only slightly less well-known is this: 'Never go against Pelosi when a vote count is on the line!'"
— billiecat (@billiecat) January 13, 2020
Speaking of elaborate fantasies… it’s probably too much to hope Roooody Colludi will get his wish here:
Rudy Giuliani, whose dealings with Ukraine are a key facet of the impeachment case, has been lobbying the President to join his legal team on the Senate floor during his upcoming trial — sources tell me, @PamelaBrownCNN & @Acosta https://t.co/tJXUEkumhA
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) January 13, 2020