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Susan Collins and Mitt Romney Say Bolton Claim Strengthens Call for Witnesses

The claim by John Bolton in his upcoming book that President Trump told him he wanted to withhold aide to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into the Bidens is emboldening Senate moderates already inclined to demand witnesses.

It’s getting hard for me to see how they vote on this thing without calling at least a few witnesses. It’s also hard to see how they convict Trump even if they do, since even most Republicans probably believe Trump sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine but do not think it rises to the level an impeachable offense. Especially with Election Day just over nine months away.

According to The Hill:

Former national security adviser John Bolton’s claim in an unpublished manuscript that President Trump told him he wanted to hold military assistance to Ukraine to get officials there to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden has sharpened a rift within the Senate GOP over trial strategy.

Two key moderates, Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), say Bolton’s claim strengthens their calls for the Senate to hear from witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial.

Yet GOP leaders and other rank-and-file Republican senators are questioning Bolton’s motivations and dismissing the reported claims of his book draft as adding little to the case against the president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), at a Republican conference lunch meeting Monday, urged his colleagues to hold off on making a quick judgment on the need for witnesses in the wake of news reports on Bolton’s claims.

Romney told reporters Monday morning “it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Says there Was No Quid Pro Quo

Not the answer Christian Amanpour was looking for.

President Trump supposedly prevents Vice President Pence from going to Ukrainian President Zelensky’s inauguration because Zelensky didn’t announce an investigation into Biden. But his foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said the Ukrainians themselves are to blame for having to arrange the inauguration so quickly.

Maybe the Democrats want to call Prystaiko as a witness in the impeachment trial.

Romney Losing Support in Utah for Challenging Trump Impeachment Trial Rules

Let’s see how far he can go messing with President Trump before he gets a primary challenge next time around.

From the Washington Examiner:

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney lost support from Republicans and independents in his home state during the weeks after he called for witnesses in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, a new poll shows.

The Morning Consult found support for Romney, 72, going down after he called for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, which began on Thursday.

The poll shows the senator’s approval rating among Utah Republicans, from September through December of 2019, dropping 18%. Additionally, 9% of independents shifted to disapproving of Romney over the quarter.

In the prior quarter, 65% of Utah Republicans supported Romney, and while a majority still do presently, that number sank to 57%.

The numbers are particularly striking for Utah, one of the most Republican states in the country.

Trump Senate Impeachment Trial to Begin Tuesday

Looks like Pelosi is finally going to allow Adam Schiff to walk the articles of impeachment across the Capitol, a sober, serious, somber and . . . deeply partisan affair that will occur Wednesday.

There’s a lot still unknown, including how long the trial will last, whether witnesses will be called, and if so, which ones.

What is known is that Trump is that there are not enough Republicans who would agree to an immediate dismissal, and so the trial will proceed. Also known is that Trump will not be convicted, and that Democrats will finally have gotten their half a pound of flesh, which they’ve been seeking since he was elected.

John Bolton Volunteers to Testify at Senate Trial

Not sure why he’s doing this now. I gather his relationship with President Trump is irrevocably broken, and he hopes to do what he can to ensure a President Pence – who after all is an Iran hawk, like Bolton.

Pence was among the Trump aides who backed killing Qassem Soleimani.

But who knows?

From a statement by Bolton:

The House has concluded its Constitutional responsibility by adopting Articles of Impeachment related to the Ukraine matter. It now falls to the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional obligation to try impeachments, and it does not appear possible that a final judicial resolution of the still-unanswered Constitutional questions can be obtained before the Senate acts.

Accordingly, since my testimony is once again at issue, I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.

“Fish or Cut Bait”: Lindsey Graham Demands the Articles of Impeachment

Every circus has to end, no matter how much the clowns are enjoying themselves.

Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S.C., wants the Senate impeachment trial to get started. So, I suspect, do most Americans. Even more so, they want it to be over.

Nancy Pelosi has decided to monkey around and withhold the articles of impeachment, saying she wants to negotiate a fair trial in the Senate, after holding an unfair impeachment. She thinks they can’t start the trial without a formal transmittance of some kind.

Graham is done with it.

Please tell me why the Senate needs Adam Schiff to walk over with the articles of impeachment to hold a trial? As far as I’m concerned, he can walk them over to the Air and Space Museum and drop them in the Apollo 11 lunar module, it doesn’t matter. The House impeaches, the Senate holds a trial, that’s what the Constitution says.

As the Wall Street Journal notes:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to withhold the House articles of impeachment from the Senate, further trivializing a serious constitutional power and process. Senate Republicans seem content to play along while ridiculing her gambit, but they should take their own duties more seriously and hold a trial.

One emerging dodge seems to be that President Trump isn’t formally impeached until the articles are transmitted to the Senate. This is absurd. The House voted on two articles and passed them with a majority. The House broadcast this fact to the country along with more-in-sorrow-than-anger claims that they are doing their solemn constitutional duty. 

There’s nothing in the Constitution that says impeachment requires a formal transmittal of the articles to the Senate, whether by sedan chair or overnight FedEx, or that the House must appoint impeachment managers. The parchment merely says the House has sole power over impeachment and the Senate the sole power to try an impeachment. The act of impeachment is the vote.

What is the House going to do if the Senate just holds a trial. Say it wasn’t legitimate? Nobody’s going to listen or care.

Mitch, tell your orthopedist to find your spine, and then instruct John Roberts to gavel things to order first week in January.

WashPost, Jan. 20, 2017, 12:19 pm: “Campaign to Impeach President Trump Has Begun”

To those who say Wednesday’s impeachment of President Trump is being done with somber regret, that there was no intention to remove the legitimately elected president from the beginning, please consider this Washington Post article, published just 19 minutes after Trump was sworn in: The effort to impeach President Donald John Trump is already underway.… Continue Reading