McConnell Has Supposedly Won the Battle Over Witnesses, Forget About Romney

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This is disillusioning but certainly not unexpected. Mitt Romney said Monday, “I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.” And Mitch McConnell’s response was that he didn’t have the votes to prevent witnesses from being called — but supposedly that’s all changed, as of Thursday morning McConnell has it all locked up. The Hill:

On Tuesday, the momentum for witnesses among Republicans had slowed but it was still a hot topic of conversation as they wrestled over the issue at a lunch meeting and then again at a 3 p. m. meeting held in a large room near McConnell’s Capitol office.

Romney appeared to recognize the momentum among fellow Republicans had shifted against witnesses and did not follow up his forceful call on Monday for Bolton’s testimony with other impassioned arguments at later meetings.

Apparently McConnell did his usual and spoke privately with each and every senator deemed “persuadable” to witnesses and has prevailed.

McConnell warned his fellow GOP senators that voting for a motion to consider additional witnesses and subpoenas would give Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) a chance to force votes on multiple subpoenas and could drag out the trial indefinitely.

He warned prolonging the trial would be a painful alternative path to the same result, an acquittal of Trump on the Senate floor.

Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) said McConnell told colleagues at the Tuesday lunch to “look at the big picture in terms of what” voting for witnesses “means” and warned them “whatever we do here sets the stage for what might occur in the future.”

By mid-day Wednesday, Senate Republicans allied with Trump felt the push from fellow Republican senators for additional witnesses and documents had collapsed.

Contrast this information with the fact that the newest Quinniapic poll shows 75% of respondents want to hear from more witnesses. Yet the Republicans are going to ignore the will of the people? Apparently so — and not for the first time. Washington Post:

The implication of the poll for Trump’s opponents is clear: Americans want witnesses, so let Bolton in. That line of thought, though, misses two important points.

The first is that Congress has repeatedly shown a remarkable disinterest in responding to the majority will of the electorate when possible. Take the example of expanded background checks for gun sales: In the abstract, legislation to that end consistently has the support of a wide majority of the country. Often, though, possible legislative responses are simply set aside, allowing members of Congress to avoid having to weigh in against the will of the people. When legislation is introduced, specific proposals are often picked apart and attacked on the basis of particular elements of the legislation.

That, as it turns out, is probably a good analogy for the debate over impeachment trial witnesses. What a celebration of that 75 percent figure buries is that the witnesses sought by the 95 percent of Democrats who support the idea are almost certainly not the same witnesses supported by that plurality of Republicans.

Granted, different witnesses are wanted by both sides for very different reasons. And it is plausible, likely even, given the analogy here of background checks, that McConnell will do what he does best, ignore and stonewall to the detriment of the issue at hand, but to his partisan advantage.

The question then becomes, why is this Republican-ruled senate in office, if it’s not there to serve the will of the people? If this kangaroo court which is in session does vote to acquit Trump Friday afternoon, then our only recourse lies at the ballot box in November. It is not democracy to ignore the will of 75% of the people — and this is not the only poll showing numbers in the 60’s and 70’s in support of evidence and witnesses — which are standard fare at any real trial.

The senate is not some privately owned business that can dictate to the people what it will and will not do. It is supposedly a democratically elected body for precisely the purpose of representing the will of the people. But McConnell may pull this off, we’ve certainly seen him do it in the past. And the idea that Romney will prevail could also be — as we have seen in the past — a passing mirage.

I must admit, though, given Romney’s track record of never taking a stance unless he’s got support behind him assured, that I believed some better alternative than rubber stamping Trump’s guilt with a governmental seal of approval was possible.

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DHG
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Kentuckians are likely to sting up McConnell

Rutokin
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Rutokin

Banana republic, mcscrotum has to have a serious car accident on his way home. What a bunch of spineless sheeple. A trial without witnesses, how fair is that. What a sham they’re pulling off. This is just plain disgusting. I pray that another blue wave hits in November

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

Exactly what I was thinking except I wondered why it couldn’t have been McConnell the one diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer I stead of someone who stands for truth freedom and human courage

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

I think this is making me mentally ill. I find myself so tense in my neck and shoulders sometimes it feels like my shoulders are clear up by my ears & I have to make a conscious effort to take a deep breath & relax. I remember the 60’s. We’ve had many turbulent times in our Country, but this? We have an entire party with their fingers in their ears going lalala allowing a CRIMINAL to do what they want. I’m beside myself.

J. M.
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J. M.

I feel your pain!!!!!!

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Thank You J.M. If it wasn’t for you people that confirm that I am not insane I’d be even worse I think. Thank You, all y’all for being a steady source of support.

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

You are not alone in those feelings and reactions ma any people feel like that

David Bishop
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David Bishop

I called it last week. The repubs in this country deserve to be ostracized and thrown out of our democracy. They are craven, corrupt, hypocrites who are not representatives of human decency or law.

J. M.
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J. M.

This is why I can’t shake the flu, absolutely no other reason! It’s making us mentally and physically sick! It’s just so unbelievable! Living fcking nightmare!!!

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Please allow me to apologize for whining because at least I’m not sick too. Try L-Lysine. It’s an over the counter supplement that helps your immune system fight off virus. I know someone who swears by it to stop cold sores in their tracks, my sis-in-law is an elementary school teacher & she swears it’s the only way she lives through flu season, & it’s given a lot in veterinary medicine too. I sure hope you feel better soon.

J. M.
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J. M.

Thank You, your very kind.

SICK of the CON
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SICK of the CON
How about calling it as it is. Instead of tiptoeing around the obvious. This is a constitutional crisis and Republican congress is integral in the crime and cover up. They all need imprisonment for hijacking our democracy. This started when Obama acquiesced on that supreme court justice, then wanting McConnell to come out with them to warn of Russian election tampering ( not meddling). After that, McConnell knew he was stronger than the president. He and Trump need to be removed, by any means necessary. With Barr in control of the law, McConnell controlling the elected officials and Trump at… Read more »
Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

To “sick of the con” I totally agree with you and it makes me sick-I was an elected official and took an Oath and did my job-what is happening to our democracy may not be reversed, don’t really want to live in this country anymore and the worst part is what we don’t even hear about-ALL of the truth that we get is from Investigative reporting and legal Watchdog groups that take gov to court for release of documents….there is no hope it will get better as they have won all of this

Carlyn
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Carlyn

This is a lawless country benefiting the impeached lying murderer potus and the republicans say nothing

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Well, well, well, there is an article in red state newspaper that states CNN lying about threats against John Bolton from the White House. There is a copy of the letter that states that possible prison time if he publishes book as is. Personally I would think that might be a threat. You know going to prison not like running down to the local bookstore. Also, seeing this article says Moscow Mitch McConnell is reminding the republicans about the head on a pike reference that the White House allegedly didn’t make. Republicans are sure worried about their scrotom licking president!

fishouttaH2o
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fishouttaH2o

Isn’t that a bit strange? The book is full of lies according to IMPOTUS however, the lies are “classified information” so we can’t see it, & we’ll sue the author, so the “classified lies” aren’t published. The logic makes my brain hurt.

Reeby
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Reeby

I am a grossed out, nauseated, ashamed Kentuckian. No we are not all spineless, lying, idiots here. I am officially convinced that Trump, his administration and Republican Senators do not care and have never cared about this Country. It is unfortunate that those Americans who have fought in to uphold our Democracy are witnessing a criminal take over of it. We do know even though acquitted Trump is still guilty the facts don’t lie.

Ava Zuccaro
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Ava Zuccaro

Make sure you make your voice heard in 2020, and vote Moscow Mitch OUT. Get your friends & Neighbors together, volunteer, man the phones, canvas, do whatever it takes to let McTurtke know his cushy ride is over. It starts with you guys, and continues with all the rest of us in every state removing EVERY complicit Republican and finally King of the Con himself, Drump.

Time to permanently shut this disgusting party down, pray we can fix the mess they caused and ensure it can NEVER happen again.

Feel the Bern 2020!

Elli
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Elli

McConnell is as corrupt as Trump if not worse. Kentuckians you better vote this corrupt jerk out of office in November. He has to pay the price for his crimes just like Trump.

scorpio57
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scorpio57

I hope the KKKLOWN in the white house enjoys the rest of his first and last term because he WILL be voted out of office this November. As soon as the new Democratic president takes office, she or he will terminate every single executive order that this bastard has signed into law.