I see a looong journey in your future. You sir, are going to Rome! But I AM in Rome! Do I lie? History of the World Part I This is going to be a long day, methinks. Barely past dawn on the left coast, and already the howler monkeys are hurling shit balls all over the place. But here are a couple of quick things to keep an eye on right off of the bat, simply because the reaction, more than the action itself, may point the way to future GOP intentions as the impeachment fight heads into public territory. First, as I type this, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is about to take to the well of the Senate, where he will advise that he is sending a letter to the head of the Department of the Army, as well as the General Counsel of the Army, requesting that Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman be granted whistle blower protection. This is actually a very savvy move by Schumer. Right off of the bat, in his publicly released opening statement, Vindman stressed that he himself was not the whistle blower, did not know the identity of the whistle blower, and would not speculate on their identity. Nonetheless, due to the sensitivity of Vindman’s first hand testimony, as someone who actually listened in on Trump’s call to Ukraine President Zelinsky, as well as the GOP’s established vindictiveness to witnesses who defy the White House Counsel’s letter advising them not to testify, Schumer is putting the GOP on notice, as well as alerting the public and media to keep an eye out for retaliation against Vindman. Smooth move. The second one might be even more impactful, offering greater clarity into the GOP’s short term strategy as the Democrats prepare to pull back the curtain of secrecy, and start holding public hearings to educate the rest of us schnooks as to what they already know about El Pendejo Presidente’s foreign chicanery. Starting at 12 noon PDT today, the House Rules committee is going to “mark up” and debate the House resolution that will lay out the rules of the road regarding the path going forward for the House impeachment inquiry into the public testimony phase. Briefly, for those not particularly well versed n congressional procedure, here’s how that works. A bill or resolution is written and then proposed on the floor of the House. It is then referred to the committee that has jurisdiction over the subject content of the bill or resolution. The bill or resolution is read into the record, then debated in committee. Then the bill is put on the floor for the “mark up” session. All that means is that any member of the committee can add an amendment to the bill or resolution. The amendment is then debated and voted on. If it passes, it becomes a part of the text, to be voted on by the full House. In a bill, the amendment can be on pretty much any subject, but on a resolution, the amendment must deal with the subject content of the resolution. *PHEW!* We’re all glad that Schoolhouse Rock is over with on that one. But this is important, because this resolution is laying out the exact procedures that the House will use in the public testimony portion of the upcoming hearings. So, knowing what kinds of little perks and gimmes that the Republicans […]
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