Chief Justice Roberts lets Senate Republicans show blatant disdain for impeachment proceedings

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Senate Republicans are united again in saying they’ve heard absolutely nothing new in the House impeachment managers presentation against Donald Trump. That’s after they voted en masse, as a unified bloc, against 10 amendments from Democrats to provide more information at the outset of the trial. They don’t want to hear anything new, which is glaringly apparent in their disdain for the rules and blatant flouting of them.

They’re acting like a bunch of middle school kids bored in their civics class. “Gum-chewing, snacking, yawning and alleged napping could be seen throughout the cramped chamber,” AP’s Laurie Kellman reports. “Some openly snickered when lead prosecutor Adam Schiff said he’d only speak for 10 minutes. And when one of the freshman House prosecutors stood to speak, many of the senator-jurors bolted for the cloak rooms, where their phones are stored.” Which is the least of it. Numerous Republican senators have been reported to have just left for long stretches at a time. Rand Paul brought in a crossword to play with. At one point more 1/5 of the Senate—21 members—were out of the chamber. Which leads to one major question: what in the hell is Chief Justice John Roberts doing in the meantime, since he’s refusing to enforce the rules?

He is presiding over this trial, which is supposed to mean enforcing the rules, not acting like a potted plant and doing whatever it is he’s been doing—catching up on reading? Crossword puzzles? We don’t know that either, because Mitch McConnell didn’t let any cameras in besides the ones controlled by him. We get one camera view, the person who is speaking, so all the senators who are supposed to be remaining in their seats, paying attention, not talking can do whatever the hell they want, it seems.

Republicans clearly don’t give a damn about anything, Trump could steal the entire treasury and if they got a kickback, they’d be fine with it. But they’re being just a little too obvious in that, underestimating the extent to which the voters are turning against them, both in hearing new witnesses and documents, and in convicting and removing Trump from office.

They’re playing with fire, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be severely burned in November.

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8 Comments on "Chief Justice Roberts lets Senate Republicans show blatant disdain for impeachment proceedings"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

They are being so arrogant and it pathetically shows. As you stated they will pay in November

DHG
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Roberts is just a POS partisan like the rest of em. The new Dem Pres in 2021 needs to expand the SCOTUS and relegate these crooks to minority status.

Joy
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Wow! So unfortunate. It would have been great to have someone that also respects his role, job and perform with integrity. The disrespectful Republican senators need to be written up and penalty assessed for not abiding by the impeachment rules they established. They need to be told to stop wasting tax payer money and ban them from further hearings. They are not listening or following protocol or rules, they should have no voting power to cast a vote.

Inzane
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Inzane

Robert’s true colors come out. Amazing how much arrogance these idiots demonstrate. I would not walk down a dark alley with any of them. A good thrashing in November should leave them speechless less the loud sniveling.

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

I email, call, & tweet Cornyn & Cruz telling them I am a Registered Republican, (true-I vote for the worst possible candidate in some of the primaries to take on the Dem. candidate, hoping to mess with them), & how dare they insult my intelligence by voting to withhold evidence & testimony in the IMPOTUS trial, & I will remember how they treated me when I vote for all Democratic Candidates in November.

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

Roberts is nothing but a joke. He thinks because he has a black robe and title, he is somebody. Roberts is nothing! When are we going to realize the Supreme Court is not as supreme as they want to be.Nothing but politicians in robes. Do the country a favor Roberts, go home.

J.M.
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J.M.

Cult members don’t follow rules. Higher ups in cults don’t make them. And by the way, Susan Collins would you just please for the love of God, go away!

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Maybe they should put part of their time into looking at the help wanted adds in their home newspaper. Might get a jump on competition in January 2021!