Trump on trial

The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

United States Constitution

WASHINGTON– Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Thursday that he will be in “total coordination with the White House counsel” as the impeachment into President Donald Trump presses forward.

During an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, the Majority Leader said that “everything” he does “during this, I’m coordinating with the White House counsel. There will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this, to the extent that we can.”

“We don’t have the kind of ball control on this that a typical issue, for example, comes over from the House, if I don’t like it, we don’t take it up,” McConnell stated about an impeachment trial. “We have no choice but to take it up, but we’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with White House counsel’s office and the people who are representing the President in the well of the Senate.”

So Mitch McConnell has publicly promised that he will not permit a fair trial in the Senate?

What, then, is the role of the Chief Justice? And why on earth isn’t the American public howling for McConnell’s scalp?

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It’s on, now

The House Judiciary Committee has voted support for both of the proposed articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. The articles now go to the entire House for consideration. If the House affirms the articles there will be a trial in the Senate; if not, impeachment fails.

So it isn’t quite correct to say that Trump has been impeached; that becomes a reality next week. But the full House almost certainly will approve the articles.

Good. Trump is grossly unfit for office and a national embarrassment.

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Dismal theology-related quote for the day

I was raised in a Southern Baptist church and I have been taught to believe, and it makes a lot of sense to me, that God created all these different races and if he had wanted them all commingled into one race, he would have done it himself. Why did he create all these races, if he didn’t mean for us to be separated by race?

Jim Cleveland, Hoschton City Councilman

I’m sure I’ve probably mentioned from time to time that the average Southern Baptist is so stupid that it’s painful to be around them, so I guess there isn’t any need to belabor it.

It makes a good example of religion as an engine of evil, though.

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Will Trump leave office if convicted?

Endorsing impeachment, the Philadelphia Inquirer speculates along some familiar lines.

In defying these orders, and through his continued ridicule of the impeachment process and the members of Congress who initiated it, Trump has severely disrespected his office and the document he swore to protect and uphold. Should this process end with a trial and a Senate vote to remove him from office — a prospect that seems highly unlikely — it’s not hard to imagine that he would insist that the process was invalid and refuse to go.

Such an act of tyranny is what the Constitution was created to protect against.

This is not idle fear-mongering, and I don’t have the slightest difficulty imagining the moronic cultists who are his base rallying to his support.

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Quote for the day

I believe President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.

Chris Wallace, FOX News

Given Fox News’ casual attitude toward truth, I guess he’ll be joining Shep Smith on the unemployment line soon.

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