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Weekend Reads Trump should be very worried about Senate Republicans

01:05  26 october  2019
01:05  26 october  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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Think of Senate Republicans ’ current antics protesting “secret” House hearings on impeachment — in which Republicans sit on the relevant committees — as not simply spurious The “unfairness” excuse to attack the House is also of very limited duration. Next month, the House case will be put on in public.

How many Senate Republicans are going to rebel against Trump 's border emergency? Should Trump 's veto succeed, Congress could look for other ways of reining in the executive branch. In February, Cruz told The New York Times, "I am very worried about the slippery slope that could.

a man looking at the camera: Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Capitol Hill on Thursday.© Melina Mara/The Washington Post Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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Think of Senate Republicans’ current antics protesting “secret” House hearings on impeachment — in which Republicans sit on the relevant committees — as not simply spurious (recall that Benghazi depositions were held by the House in private), but a warning sign to President Trump that his allies in the Senate seem altogether unwilling to defend him on the merits.

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In other words: Trump is Senate Republicans ' worst nightmare right now. We used the Cook Report's analysis of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans this cycle to rank who has the most to lose should Trump more permanently poison the well in the 2016 election — along with what the

This clip should be a big red flag to the White House. Trump ’s typical reaction to dissent is insults The second is the very real threat that Trump ’s actions regarding Ukraine might be impeachable after all. If Trump becomes a threat to Senate Republicans , McConnell will find a way to mitigate that

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) pleads that he cannot comment on substance because he cannot separate that from the “unfairness" of the House process. (It’s fairly simple, honestly.) Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-La.) claims he cannot comment on testimony he hasn’t seen that Trump used taxpayer money (in the form of foreign aid) to extort the Ukrainian government to interfere in our election. The problem with that: The testimony, at least the opening statement from acting ambassador William B. Taylor Jr., was released publicly this week.

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No senator is saying openly that the president’s conduct is not impeachable. No senator is saying the witnesses lack credibility. No senator is saying it is perfectly appropriate for the president to use his powers to aid his campaign effort. There is a reason for that stunning silence: There is every reason to view this conduct as unprecedented, impeachable and amply provable through multiple witnesses and documents.

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After all, Trump is still getting very high approval numbers from Republican voters. Frustrated Republicans say it’s time for the Senate to reclaim more power over foreign policy and are planning to move a measure Thursday that would be a stunning rebuke to a president of their own party.

New York Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that the Republican Party should be “ very worried ” about 2020, the Protecting Robert Mueller and his probe into Russian election interference and possible coordination between Kremlin and the Trump campaign

The “unfairness” excuse to attack the House is also of very limited duration. Next month, the House case will be put on in public. What excuse will Republicans use then?

Even the unctuous Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) could not actually include a condemnation of the House in his worthless resolution. It was more like a request for the House to be more transparent. Apparently, anything stronger was not going to keep Republicans together.

As things stood Thursday afternoon, the Hill reported, “The GOP senators not co-sponsoring the resolution as of Thursday afternoon, according to a list from Graham’s office, are: Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).” That might be a good starting list for senators who just might convict in a Senate trial.

Bill Maher Offers Donald Trump A Bribe If He’ll Resign: ‘Take My Million Dollars’

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How many Senate Republicans are going to rebel against Trump 's border emergency? Should Trump 's veto succeed, Congress could look for other ways of reining in the executive branch. In February, Cruz told The New York Times, "I am very worried about the slippery slope that could

This suggests conviction of Trump in the Republican -controlled Senate , should the House impeach him, isn’t a On Wednesday, about 30 Republicans very publicly stormed into the secure room in the Capitol’s basement He said he is worried that parents have been deported without their children.”

Graham delivered another elbow to Trump’s ribs by declaring, “I’m not here to tell you that Donald Trump’s done nothing wrong.” With groveling sycophants like Graham, who needs enemies?

The Senate reaction speaks volumes about the body’s squeamishness about taking a vote in an impeachment trial on conduct so utterly unacceptable. Ironically, if Senate Republicans would start speaking out with one voice they might push Trump into resignation — or at least a decision not to run for reelection (to avoid the humiliation of a strong bipartisan vote against him). Their silence only encourages Trump’s delusion that he will escape unscathed. In the meantime, you wonder why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is not cooking up an escape hatch (e.g., a presidential censure to take the wind out of impeachment and the whispers that some GOP senators will break with Trump). It is almost as though McConnell is indifferent to the outcome of the trial.

There is another takeaway from the senators’ stall tactics. The public is already moving with remarkable speed toward supporting impeachment and removal without seeing the witnesses, either. If the witnesses prove as stalwart and professional as they have apparently demonstrated behind closed doors, and/or the Republicans behave as ludicrously as they did during Wednesday’s mass violation of security rules by forcing themselves into a secure hearing room, who knows how high support for removal could go?

Why Republicans are trying to censure Adam Schiff

  Why Republicans are trying to censure Adam Schiff It's emblematic of Republicans’ broader problem: They don’t have much to work with to defend Trump from allegations that he used foreign policy to benefit himself politically. So they’re trying to get mileage out of a perceived blunder by the person designated as a boogeyman on the other side. That’s the reason Republicans are pushing to censure Schiff.

Trump isn't going to get his wall. Republicans are trying to figure out a way to save face for him. Indeed, the need to create the impression that Trump isn’t losing is driving the latest developments. Senate Republicans offered Democrats a deal in which billion of border money would be treated

Republicans have argued, variously, that they are being excluded, that Trump is being denied fair Yes, of course the transcripts should be released, and of course the American people should have But they would not be so worried about where this is all going if more public disclosure were likely to

Of course, the overwhelming number of Senate Republicans know full well the gravity of Trump’s offense. It is simply cowardice and an utter lack of imagination that prevents them from seeing a better political landscape with Vice President Pence in the presidency and Trump back in New York.

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Growing number of GOP senators consider acknowledging Trump’s quid pro quo on Ukraine .
Facing mounting evidence, some Senate Republicans argued privately this week that they should acknowledge the arrangement while saying it was not illegal and is not impeachable.In this shift in strategy to defend Trump, these Republicans are insisting that the president’s action was not illegal and does not rise to the level of an impeachable offense as the Democratic-led House moves forward with the open phase of its probe.

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