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Impeachment Trial - Day 3

Rich Galen

Friday January 24, 2020

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  • I thought Adam Schiff (D-Ca) who is the lead Manager for the House impeachment team did an excellent job in his two-plus hours of making the case against Donald J. Trump.

  • Alas, each side has 24 hours to make its case - eight hours per day - and there were still six hours more of presenting different angles of basically the same information.

  • On the first day of impeachment trial activities featured a never-ending sequence of roll call votes that Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demanded largely out of pique for not having had advance notice of changes that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) wanted to make in the rules of procedure for the trial.

  • Both sides had an hour to argue for each amendment offered by Schumer and, because they felt they had to fill their hour, both sides pretty much said the same thing for each hour; hour after hour.

  • When the actual trial got started (think of Tuesday as batting practice, and Wednesday as first pitch) Schiff did his thing - and, as I said, did it very well - and the other House Managers did came in to give their presentations as they had obviously rehearsed.

  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tx), whom I have known since he was a Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in the mid-90s, said to reporters during a break in Wednesday's presentations:
    "So far, we haven't heard anything new from what we heard yesterday, and I hope this isn't just going to be a series of repetitious arguments just to try to fill the time allotted. That's sort of what it feels like right now."

  • The Members of the U.S. Senate did not watch every moment of the hearings in the House Intel and Judiciary Committees. If put under oath, I would venture to say a huge majority of Senators didn't watch any of the hearings.

  • (A) They were either campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire or, (B) They were earning their government pay by attending their own committee meetings and doing other Senatorial stuff or, (C) they were abiding by the long-standing rule that Senators don't spend their time wondering what the House is up to.

    SIDEBAR

    Several years ago I was having lunch with a former Member of the House. We were discussing walking through the tunnels beneath the Capitol building to get from the House side to the Senate side.

    He recounted a time when he needed to have a meeting with the chief of staff of a Senator and

    I stopped him and said, here's what no sitting U.S. Senator has ever said in the history of the Republic: "I had to go over to the House for a meeting with the Congressman's chief of staff."

    END SIDEBAR

  • A U.S. Senator, other than for things like State of the Union addresses, does not venture to the House side for a meeting.

  • Another example: Late in the night during the debate on whether to subpoena John Bolton, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said
    "I see a lot of senators voting for a cover-up, voting to deny witnesses, an absolutely indefensible vote, obviously a treacherous vote."

  • Whoa! Check, please! Talk about getting their togas in a twist!

  • No Member of the House - even the chairman of a major committee - accuses a United States Senator of a cover-up, much less every Majority Member of the United States Senate.

  • By Wednesday night, the GOP Senators were marching up and down the hall to the Rotunda chanting "They keep repeating themselves. I'm bored."

  • The Democrats' approach on day two of the opening statements was to drill down to how they came to their conclusion that Donald Trump had abused his office and obstructed Congress.

  • It was a rehash of what we heard for that marathon session on Tuesday, but I thought that at least one of the presenters, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), was terrific.

  • A reporter Tweeted that he counted at least 20 empty seats on the GOP side of the Senate, this in spite of the Secretary of the Senate "Here Ye-ing" that they needed to sit in their seats and be silent under penalty of going to jail.

  • No Senator is going to jail for leaving their seat, but it would be terrific if they were required to wear ankle bracelets so reporters could track where they go.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to John Cornyn's remarks, to the hoo-hah that Jerry Nadler created, and to the bio of Hakeem Jefferies.

    The Mullfoto is a tooth gnasher; a meter maid car parked right under a "No Parking" sign.

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January 2020

01/24/20 - Impeachment Trial - Day 3
01/22/20 - Impeachment Trial - Day 1
01/16/20 - No Heat, No Light, No Debates
01/13/20 - Off the Ledge
01/09/20 - Off the Ledge
01/06/20 - Hard Questions; No Easy Answers
01/02/20 - Finally, the Election Year


December 2019

12/30/19 - Fifty Years Ago
12/25/19 - Christmas 2019 - Six Words
12/19/19 - Walk Time
12/16/19 - When You're a Jet You're a Jet all the Way
12/12/19 - Impeachment Moves Ahead
12/09/19 - Bulldozers and Airplanes
12/05/19 - Impeachment (Ver. 1,205,736)
12/02/19 - How Many More Democrats?
November 2019

11/21/19 - Political Ambassadors
11/18/19 - Impeachable? Maybe
                 Ugly? Absolutely

11/14/19 - And So it Begins
11/07/19 - Is Past, Prologue?
11/04/19 - One Year to Go


October 2019

10/31/19 - A Reason to Celebrate
10/21/19 - Doral
10/17/19 - Pennant
10/14/19 - Meanwhile, the Dems
10/09/19 - It's Government, but is it Good Government?
10/04/19 - Slow Down, You're Movin' Too Fast
10/01/19 - 2019 Subscription Drive


September 2019

9/30/19 - Main Event
9/26/19 - Impeachment - I
9/23/19 - Bullying Ukraine
9/16/19 - Iranian Drones
9/13/19 - Democratic Debate - III
9/12/19 - Boone
9/09/19 - NOT a Sharpie Column
9/03/19 - Aaaaand ... They're Off!


August 2019

8/29/19 - Back to School - 2019
8/26/19 - G7
8/22/19 - Rooting for Recession?
8/15/19 - Campaigning in Iowa - I
8/12/19 - Jeffrey Epstein is Dead
8/08/19 - It's Not All Trump's Fault
8/05/19 - Running with Trump
8/01/19 - The Democrats' Debate II


July 2019

7/29/19 - The Debate Effect
7/25/19 - The Mueller Hearings
7/22/19 - A Brief History of Technology
7/18/19 - Tranquility Base Here
7/15/19 - The Socialist Envelope
7/11/19 - Acosta
7/8/19 - Good Vibrations
7/4/19 - Happy Birthday, America
7/1/19 - Busy Times


June 2019

6/28/19 - The Democrats' Debate II
6/27/19 - Debates: High-Risk, Low-Reward
6/24/19 - Democrats' Dismay
6/20/19 - Crocodile Tears
6/17/19 - Deter, Safeguard, or Defend
6/10/19 - Military Service Fantasies
6/6/19 - Overlord
6/3/19 - California Dreamin'


May 2019

5/30/19 - Mueller Speaks
5/27/19 - Memorial Day - 2019
5/23/19 - A Clowder of Cats
5/20/19 - Spahn & Sain and Pray for Rain
5/16/19 - Then There Were 23
5/13/19 - Biden Widens His Lead
5/9/19 - That "I" Word Again
5/2/19 - Dems One - Barr None


April 2019

4/29/19 - Devotion to Socialism or Wanting to Win
4/25/19 - Requests, Demands, & Subpoenas
4/22/19 - Get Off the Impeachment Train
4/18/19 - Hung Jury
4/15/19 - Senior Citizenship
4/11/19 - Dis-Barred
4/8/19 - Kirstjen Nielsen: You're Fired
4/1/19 - April ... Ah, You Know


March 2019

3/28/19 - Opening Day 2019
3/25/19 - That's Over. Nothing's Changed.
3/21/19 - Why?
3/18/19 - Those Iowa Caucuses
3/14/19 - Cheating
3/11/19 - Democrats and Socialism
3/7/19 - Gone Fishing
3/4/19 - Just Walk Away, Don J.


February 2019

2/28/19 - Michael Cohen Speaks
2/25/19 - Managing Expectations
2/21/19 - The Mueller Report (1)
2/18/19 - Presidents I have Known
2/14/19 - Enough, Already, with the Wall
2/11/19 - Gals-Gals-Gals
2/6/19 - SOTU - 2019
2/4/19 - Blackface


January 2019

1/31/19 - Disrupter
1/28/19 - It Ain't Over
1/24/19 - Polling the Shutdown
1/21/19 - The Shutdown Offer
1/17/19 - The Fixer Fixed the Polls
1/14/19 - Pelosi Can't Afford a Wall
1/9/19 - Nine Minutes
1/7/19 - Relevance
1/3/19 - Shutdown


December 2018

12/27/18 - Trump in Iraq - 90 Points
12/24/18 - Christmas 2018 - Six Words
12/20/18 - The "I" Word - II
12/17/18 - The Nay-C-A
12/13/18 - The "I" Word
12/10/18 - Close, but No Cigar
12/6/18 - A State Funeral
12/3/18 - H.W.


November 2018

11/29/18 - The Election of 2018 is Over
11/22/18 - Thanksgiving 2018 - Rainbow Shiny
11/19/18 - January 3
11/16/18 - I was Right, This Time
11/12/18 - The War to End All ...
11/08/18 - Elections? What Elections.
11/05/18 - And ... Down the Stretch They Come
11/01/18 - Steve King


October 2018

10/29/18 - On Being Jewish
10/25/18 - Simultaneous Bombs
10/22/18 - Permanent Final Week
10/18/18 - Oil Without Saudi
10/15/18 - 45750
10/8/18 - Moderates?
10/4/18 - That Blue Tsunami
10/2/18 - End Game
10/1/18 - The 2018 Subscription Drive


September 2018

9/28/18 - The Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing
9/24/18 - Supreme Court
9/20/18 - Razor's Edge
9/17/18 - Statute of Limitations
9/13/18 - A Poll Dump
9/10/18 - Whodunit?
9/6/18 - Senate Judiciary Hearings
9/3/18 - Back to School - 2018


August 2018

8/30/18 - Monkey Around
8/27/18 - We Make History
8/23/18 - The I-Word
8/20/18 - Zero Shades of Grey
8/16/18 - 82 Days & Counting
8/13/18 - Stiffing a SCIF
8/9/18 - Ohio-12
8/6/18 - A Tweet Storm
8/2/18 - Audiences, Crowds, and Mobs


July 2018

7/30/18 - Good Numbers, Bad Numbers
7/26/18 - Putin isn't Coming
7/23/18 - Trump's Brove Affairs
7/19/18 - The ServPro President
7/16/18 - CNN is Not an Enemy of the People
7/12/18 - America's Resting Face
7/9/18 - SCOTUS Pick
7/4/18 - Happy Birthday, America
7/2/18 - Ghostbusters


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