I thought this was supposed to be a somber, serious affair.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer would not have touched Rudy Giuliani crony Lev Parnas with a sterilized surgical glove before Parnas decided to claim that President Trump knew about his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.
Now he’s an honored guest at this very grave proceeding.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected calls by Democrats to summon new witnesses in the upcoming impeachment trial.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, requested McConnell subpoena top Trump administration officials who had refused to testify before weekslong House impeachment proceedings. The list of requests includes former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.
But McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the Senate trial should weigh the evidence produced by the House and should not summon new witnesses. The witnesses are challenging House subpoenas in federal court, and those cases could take months to resolve. House Democrats decided to move ahead with impeachment rather than wait for the court to decide whether the witnesses should be compelled to testify.
“It is not the Senate’s job to leap into the breach and search desperately for ways to get to guilty,” McConnell said. “That would hardly be impartial justice. The fact that my colleague is already desperate to sign up the Senate for new fact-finding, which House Democrats themselves were too impatient to see through, well, that suggests that even Democrats who do not like this president are beginning to realize how dramatically insufficient the House’s rushed process has been.”
There is still argument between McConnell, who wants a quick trial and no witnesses, and President Trump, who wants to call witnesses to prove out his case.
I’d side with McConnell. Quit while you’re ahead. On the other hand, nobody’s political instincts over the past three years have been better than Trump’s.
President Trump dragged Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi down Pennsylvania Avenue for what was supposed to be an infrastructure meeting. Then he threw them out and held a press conference in the Rose Garden about how they are unjustly investigating him, and he’s not doing any infrastructure until they cut it out.
A brilliant PR stunt by the master.
According to the Washington Examiner:
President Trump canceled a scheduled meeting on infrastructure with Democrats on Wednesday, saying he was upset about claims he engaged in a coverup and Democrats’ use of “the I word” — meaning impeachment.
“Instead of walking in happily into a meeting, I walk in to look at people that have just said that I was doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden about 25 minutes after the scheduled start of the meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Trump said he was particularly upset about Pelosi suggesting he engaged in a coverup during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
“I walked into the room and I told Sen. Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, ‘I want to do infrastructure. I want to do it more than you want to do it. I would be really good at that. That’s what I do. But you know what? You can’t do it under these circumstances. So get these phony investigations over with,'” Trump said.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democratic leaders are mounting an effort to block a pro-Israel bill on Tuesday in order to protest the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is now in its third week.
The Senate late Tuesday will hold a procedural vote on a bill that supports Israel by allowing state and local governments to divest from entities that boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel because of its occupation of the West Bank.
The provision is part of legislation numbered “S.1” that was to be the very first bill senators debate in the 116th Congress. In addition to the BDS language, it includes several Middle East security provisions such as new authorities for sanctioning Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria and reauthorization of security assistance to Israel.
But Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., a top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, will vote Tuesday against moving to debate the BDS bill, even though they cosponsored the bill when was introduced in 2017.
Would Republicans do this? Would President Trump, whom Democrats have accused of anti-Semitism?
Efforts to resolve a government shutdown fight have been at a standstill since Saturday, when Democrats rejected a White House proposal that reduced President Trump’s $5 billion demand for a border wall and offered flexibility on just how solid the wall needed to be.
According to a senior White House official, White House negotiators led by Vice President Mike Pence and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner huddled with Democrats on Capitol Hill Saturday and proposed between $1.6 billion and $5 billion in funds for a “physical barrier” that would include “fencing, a wall, and steel slats.”
This, the official acknowledged, meant not all the funding would have to be used for a “wall.”
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) privately urged President Trump in a phone call earlier this week to nominate federal Judge Merrick B. Garland, then President Barack Obama’s third nominee to the Supreme Court who was summarily shunned by Senate Republicans in 2016, to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.
Trump had called Schumer on Tuesday afternoon for a Supreme Court-centered conversation that lasted less than five minutes, according to a person familiar with the call. Schumer, the person said, pressed the president to name Garland to succeed Kennedy, arguing doing so would help unite the country.
Unite the country? I don’t think so.
This is Chuck’s plan to keep every Republican home on Election Day 2018 and 2020. That the phone call lasted less than five minutes, I assume, is a sign Trump got a good laugh over this and went on to the next thing.
All of this, of course, presupposes that Schumer isn’t in the early stages of dementia, which if he is, certainly would not be a laughing matter.
President Donald Trump had a simple message for Senate Republicans during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday: Kill the filibuster now, before Chuck Schumer and the Democrats do.
Trump told more than 15 House and Senate GOP appropriators that Schumer, the Senate minority leader, would get rid of the legislative filibuster if Democrats took over the chamber in November. According to several lawmakers, Trump suggested that a mutual friend he shares with Schumer heard this from the New York Democrat and then passed the tidbit onto the president.
In Trump’s view, Senate filibusters should take place only when a senator stands up and holds the floor. Trump mentioned “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the 1939 movie in which Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, stages a filibuster until a corrupt Senate leader is exposed, as an example of how the process should operate.
I don’t need someone who talks to Trump and Schumer to tell me that Schumer, even if he did not want to do such a thing, would be under irresistible pressure from the left to end the filibuster rule, which basically requires 60 votes to pass anything that can’t technically be related to the budget.
But Republicans will probably wring their hands and wait instead of seizing the opportunity to enact legislation before a possible Democratic takeover.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Monday issues a feckless repudiation of Maxine Waters, failing to even name her and saying President Trump does the exact same thing as she did.
“No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right, and that’s not American,” Schumer said, without pointing the finger directly at the offender.
Waters has called for people to harangue Trump officials wherever they find them.
Meantime, Schumer said President Trump was doing basically the same thing as Waters and said it was understandable that people would want to do what Waters did. “The president’s tactics and behavior should never be emulated,” he said.
If something is wrong, it’s just wrong. It’s hardly a criticism to say someone did something bad and then add, the Devil made them do it.
Nancy Pelosi, to her credit, singled Waters out. I assume it’s because she has to deal with her directly and is as tired of her as anyone else.
In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea. https://t.co/vlpqOBLK4R
The media and Democrats are busy blaming Trump and the “tone” he has set for the actions of liberals, for the harassment of Trump officials. The left, though, is perfectly capable of setting this tone all by itself. How about the tone set by Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who repeatedly suggested conservatives were un-American. How many times did Obama repeat, “That’s not who we are.”
Sure, he’s more subtle than Trump. But his comments were filled with contempt. Where were all the articles in the media back then about the climate of hate on the left?
But no, I don’t blame the vitriol of Obama, Joe Biden, or Bernie Sanders for the shooting just a year ago by a leftist of several Republicans while they practiced for the annual congressional softball game.
For a stroll down memory lane, here’s Biden during the 2012 campaign quipping the Republicans want to re-enslave African Americans.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today refused an invitation to meet with the president of the United States at the White House, a slight I have not witnessed in 20 years working at the White House and one that borders, given their positions in government, on the unpatriotic. Schumer… Continue Reading
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