And now these exact same attorneys and McConnell try to promote all these low-information voters who believed Home Republicans on why there shouldn’t be any witnesses or paperwork or proof or something. Nothing! Which means the 55% of Individuals who thought the Home course of was truthful know that the White Home did every thing doable to choke off essential proof from being thought-about in that inquiry. However on prime of that, roughly 50% of Republicans need a trial that features witnesses and proof possible as a result of they nonetheless assume their inclusion would assist exonerate Trump. So to Schumer’s level, McConnell just isn’t solely attempting to defy public opinion, he’s additionally working towards the wishes of chunk of Republican voters.
The votes on McConnell’s decision and Schumer’s proposed amendments are anticipated to happen Tuesday afternoon and into the night. Schumer’s first proposed modification would subpoena “all paperwork, communications, and different information throughout the possession, custody, or management of the White Home” associated to Ukraine. In different phrases, the Senate would subpoena principally every thing the White Home unilaterally blocked the Home from getting. (It was simply voted down by Senate Republicans—however extra amendments are to return.)
Nonetheless, if Senate Republicans have been already feeling some warmth earlier than the trial started, they possible don’t really feel any higher now.
I sat in chamber for complete Schiff speech. That was a mauling. Trump group thought they have been there to debate course of and Schiff ambushed them with a full-throated case for impeachment. Republicans have been visibly uncomfortable. Sekulow & Cippolone responses have been rambling & bombastic
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 21, 2020