The Party Begins
Welp, it’s officially official. The articles of impeachment have been delivered to the Senate and now we’re all done except for the trial.
Turtle McConnell has not said how long the trial will run, but most on the Hill are predicting it won’t be over before President Trump delivers his State of the Union address on Feb. 4. Some have suggested that Trump should postpone his SOTU address until the trial is over, giving the speech an air of victory upon his acquittal. Others, like myself, value the contrast that a substance-laden SOTU speech would provide for the American public, as the president would be able to highlight the important work he’s been doing while Democrats have been obsessed with impeachment.
Earlier in the day, a drunken Nancy Pelosi appointed a team of seven House Dims to serve as prosecutors, aka impeachment managers, led by her close ally and sociopathic liar Adam Schiff. In addition to Schiff, Pelosi named House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Jason Crow (D-CO), Val Demings (D-FL) and Sylvia Garcia (D-TX) as managers.
Every one of the impeachment managers has a background in practicing law or law enforcement. All but one — Crow — served on the committees leading the investigations into Trump. The crew was handpicked by Pelosi for both their experience in law and their familiarity with the Trump case, though it should be noted that Pelosi’s hand was shaking really bad while pointing to her selections.
Turtle McConnell has arranged for the House managers to return to the Senate tomorrow (Jan. 16) at noon to formally present the articles of impeachment. The two articles are also expected to be read from the floor at that time.
Chief SCOTUS Justice John “RINO” Roberts, under the deal that passed the Senate, will arrive two hours later at 2 p.m., at which point he will be sworn in to preside over the trial. Roberts will then swear in all 100 senators.
The trial is expected to begin in earnest next Tuesday, presumably around 10 a.m. EST. As things stand, the most contentious issue ahead remains the potential calling of witnesses. As was covered in yesterday’s recap, there is a standoff of sorts happening between the GOP and Dims. While Dims want senior administration with firsthand knowledge to testify as to the president’s arrangement with Ukraine, Giuliani, etc., Republicans have suggested that they would call Hunter Biden in response.
In my opinion, they need to keep this aggressive posture. In a perfect world, the whole thing would have been dismissed before it got started. Since that doesn’t seem to be on the horizon, our next best strategy is offense as the best defense. Dims help us out a great deal in this regard, as they just happen to be abjectly corrupt. The prospect of Hunter Biden or other “connected” Dims having to answer for their sweetheart deals before the country on Capitol Hill surely isn’t what Schumer and co. would consider a good day.
Dims have planned a pressure campaign of their own, which has begun full steam ahead with the new “evidence” that is being reported in the press, which will surely be working hand in hand with Dims throughout this operation.
Giuliani associate Lev Parnas will be on the Rachel Maddow show tonight claiming that President Trump “knew exactly what was going on” with the efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. There is also a handwritten note allegedly from Parnas that details a demand from the administration to have President Zelensky announce the Biden probe publicly.
“He was aware of all of my movements,” Parnas said. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”
This claim contradicts President Trump, who claims he was not involved in whatever Giuliani and Parnas were doing in Ukraine. Parnas has also turned over evidence to the House Intel Committee, which includes texts between himself and Giuliani. This is not good for the president, as it strains credulity to believe he had no idea what Giuliani was doing on his behalf.
One piece of good news for Team Trump is the recent statement by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a RINO and perpetual swing vote for all matters such as these. Collins (rhetorically?) questioned why House Dims have waited until now to release documents from a key witness.
Collins was not particularly moved by the note on Ritz-Carlton stationery stating Lev Parnas’s chief objective was to ensure “the Biden case will be investigated.”
“I wonder why the House did not put that into the record and it’s only now being revealed,” Collins told reporters when asked if the evidence changes her view on the need to hear from additional witnesses in the forthcoming trial.
Susan Collins is a great weather vane for determining whether the Dims’ latest ploy will have legs. Thus far, she’s not impressed, which is good for the president.
But while Dims lack the evidence for a full blown conviction, they do have enough to make the president’s life hard for a bit. The best bet for Republicans is to illustrate the type of corruption that was happening in Ukraine to give the public an idea of why their actions in the country were warranted. It would also serve the president well to be completely forthcoming about his interest in uncovering the corruption of the Bidens. “Yes I wanted them to investigate and here is why” tends to be more effective than “I had no idea what my personal attorney was doing in Ukraine in my name.”
All in all, the political calculus behind impeachment remains largely unchanged from yesterday. The odds of conviction/removal are virtually nil and Dims run the risk of hurting themselves politically with a drawn out process during an election year.
While it’s hard to envision that calculus changing substantially in one direction or the other, we’ll keep you updated nonetheless.
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