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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tanngrisnir View Post
    Always good to see a whore like Lindsey confronted with a hard truth.
    Well said!
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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    Source: (Washington Examiner) We don’t have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    With this loss, it appears Trump & McConnel have fully capitulated to actually having a trial.

    Looks like Round 1 went to Pelosi, and soon we'll see who gets Round 2 (witnesses).
    Right now, each side wants rating attracting witnesses. Democrats want Bolton and Mulvaney, Republicans want the Biden's and the WB.

    I think the Democrats should take Cruz up on his offer in the witness for witness bargain. The Biden's aren't the best speakers, but there's nothing there that's criminal. It would be a huge disaster for the Republicans, because it would give the appearance that the Republicans are concerned that Biden will beat Trump this year. It would also serve the House's interest in that whether Bolton confirms their narrative of Trump's motives, or simply asserting executive privilege to each question would be horrible optics.

    My guess is that won't happen though. It would be awesome, but each side is afraid of the unknown. What's more likely is both sides recalling some of the House witnesses, then maybe getting some of the documents previously blocked by the WH as a sort of compromise and/or Michael Duffey testifying.

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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    mafia and mafia-like dudes never wanna go to court and have witnesses testify.

    and if they get that far they usually intimidate the witnesses.

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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Well, as you probably know, my problem has been with this idea that the accused has some duty to prove their innocence.

    My position is that it is up to the prosecution to show guilt, and the defense only needs to counter any evidence that points to actual guilt.

    IMO Trump's best defense is to stay off the stand, put as few rebuttal witnesses on as necessary, and let the Senate vote on the what the House presented.
    Yep. And let's not forget this is a political trial, not a legal trial. There's far too much possible political hazard at hand, to muck-around necessarily or extraneously. I'd simply do the minimal political moves get to the point of an "acquittal" vote, and move-on to the upcoming election. Who knows what type of black swan can raise its head when playing with fire?
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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by MovingPictures View Post
    Right now, each side wants rating attracting witnesses. Democrats want Bolton and Mulvaney, Republicans want the Biden's and the WB.

    I think the Democrats should take Cruz up on his offer in the witness for witness bargain. The Biden's aren't the best speakers, but there's nothing there that's criminal. It would be a huge disaster for the Republicans, because it would give the appearance that the Republicans are concerned that Biden will beat Trump this year. It would also serve the House's interest in that whether Bolton confirms their narrative of Trump's motives, or simply asserting executive privilege to each question would be horrible optics.

    My guess is that won't happen though. It would be awesome, but each side is afraid of the unknown. What's more likely is both sides recalling some of the House witnesses, then maybe getting some of the documents previously blocked by the WH as a sort of compromise and/or Michael Duffey testifying.
    Despite perhaps Trump's possible protestations, I'd be surprised if the GOP really want the Biden's to testify - despite their claiming they do (ostensibly to rile their base).

    I don't see bringing hostile witnesses (Biden's) as a good thing, because you never know what they may say!
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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by Chomsky View Post
    Despite perhaps Trump's possible protestations, I'd be surprised if the GOP really want the Biden's to testify - despite their claiming they do (ostensibly to rile their base).

    I don't see bringing hostile witnesses (Biden's) as a good thing, because you never know what they may say!
    The same applies to the Democrats.

    If you thought Mueller was a difficult witness, wait until you get Bolton up there. But, that's the thing. If he claims executive privilege because of the WH, that would be horrible optics.

    The witnesses will be tough, but the documents shouldn't be. If you can't get Republicans agreeing to subpoena the material the State Department and OMB refused to turnover, then they will be conceding they understand Trump to be guilty.

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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Dismissing the impeachment outright was always the least likely outcome. More likely is they'll vote to keep out relevant evidence and witnesses. We'll see.

    What I find fascinating is how little interest in legacy they have. They want the imprimatur of respectability that acquittal brings with it, yet are determined to trash that imprimatur at every available opportunity.
    If the ask for Z to investigate Biden is on the phone call transcript, which is the reason for this impeachment, a wittiness can say nothing to change the dialogue. The "whistle blower" wasn't even a party to the call. What could a wittiness possibly say, to change the mind of a single senator? They all know what was said in the phone call. The only thing that is in question, is what was in Trumps mind, when the call took place. He claims that he was given evidence that Biden and Burisma was corrupt, and he wanted it investigated. He went as far as to want Z to state publicly that Burisma and Biden were being investigated, to box him into doing it. If that was what Trump believed, he was within his scope to do this. Why did Pelosi want to rush the impeachment through? So she can say "It's forever"? Or does she know that the Durham investigation is going to prove Trump right? That there was a movement afoot to keep him out of the WH, and a back up plan as "insurance" if he got elected?

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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by MovingPictures View Post
    The same applies to the Democrats.

    If you thought Mueller was a difficult witness, wait until you get Bolton up there. But, that's the thing. If he claims executive privilege because of the WH, that would be horrible optics.

    The witnesses will be tough, but the documents shouldn't be. If you can't get Republicans agreeing to subpoena the material the State Department and OMB refused to turnover, then they will be conceding they understand Trump to be guilty.
    When this far behind, I think the risk-reward is definitely worth putting him on the stand.
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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    I would like the trial stretched out for months and for Republicans in the Senate to stop acting like cowards.

    Clearly, these are the most relevant witnesses for the defense:

    Both Bidens and President Obama. Was there a legitimate basis for concern of the Vice President Joe Biden using $1 Billion US dollars demanding the firing of the prosecutor investigating his son receiving millions of dollars from a Ukraine company "within 6 hours?" Since Biden said this was Obama's decision, President Obama also is a fact witness. Also, we should hear whether Joe Biden or his son are lying - his son claiming he told his father - and his father saying he didn't.

    Schiff, Nadler and Pelosi, their staff members - political and Congressional - plus their lawyers, all their lawyers and staffers notes, files and emails - to determine if there was any influencing witnesses and to fully explore if there is an exculpatory evidence - since Republicans were not allowed any witnesses, the President not allowed to have any lawyer asking questions, and the President unable to subpoena evidence.

    Every member of the President's staff and the management staff of every executive branch of government so that all of them can tell their opinions, any gossip they heard and speculations - since the case is based hearsay, opinions and gossip. We must hear the hearsay, opinions and gossip from everyone - not just Trump haters the Democrats pick.

    Every person living who has taught constitutional law at any university. The Democrats declared that opinions and arguments on constitutional law isn't just for opening and closing arguments, but such opinions are to be sworn fact testimony under oath. Therefore, everyone who taught constitutional law in any law school is equally qualified to the witnesses the Democrats called for the impeachment.

    Every ambassador for the USA still living - current or former - to tell their opinion under oath of President Trump on foreign policy, since the Democrats in the House determined and made an impeachment based upon opinions of ambassadors on foreign policy.

    All of Obama's staff to determine why team Obama refused any military aid to Ukraine on behalf of Russia. Also, to be questioned of any conversations any of them has with any Russia or anyone else with any foreign government on any occasion.

    The trial should last at least until mid October - and every Senator should be required to remain in the Senate chamber 6 days a week until the conclusion. Democrats want this to be center stage of their 2020 campaign. Give it to them. Have their candidate's campaign, if a Senator, generally limited to this issue. Any who refuse to attend any session should be dragged back in leg irons by US Marshals. Give the Democrats what they want - their 2020 campaign is based upon the impeachment trial entirely.

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    Re: 'We donít have the votes': Graham says push to dismiss impeachment articles right away is 'dead'

    Quote Originally Posted by mrdeltoid View Post
    If the ask for Z to investigate Biden is on the phone call transcript, which is the reason for this impeachment, a wittiness can say nothing to change the dialogue. The "whistle blower" wasn't even a party to the call. What could a wittiness possibly say, to change the mind of a single senator? They all know what was said in the phone call. The only thing that is in question, is what was in Trumps mind, when the call took place. He claims that he was given evidence that Biden and Burisma was corrupt, and he wanted it investigated. He went as far as to want Z to state publicly that Burisma and Biden were being investigated, to box him into doing it. If that was what Trump believed, he was within his scope to do this. Why did Pelosi want to rush the impeachment through? So she can say "It's forever"? Or does she know that the Durham investigation is going to prove Trump right? That there was a movement afoot to keep him out of the WH, and a back up plan as "insurance" if he got elected?
    Did you intend for "wittiness" to be clever?

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