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Impeachment and the Clock

By on December 15, 2019 in See It Here

One of the events we will see in January is the Senate taking up the impeachment of President Trump. It will be a trial and that means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will decide on witnesses, if any, when it begins, and how long it will last.

Let’s look at a couple of items here:

(1) Senator McConnell is talking with the White House about the format. This is a trial and the guy in charge is deciding who-what-when with the defendant with an expected result being acquittal of the two indictments-obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

(2) President Trump will deliver his State of the Union Address to Congress in January or February. Take a wild guess if he does this while the Senate trial is underway?

(3) From the Department of Independence, Senator McConnell is on record saying it should be a short trial and has forecast the result. This is a “fair juror” in charge of the trial?

It makes me want to sit in a political science class and listen to the discussion with hopefully, a comment about “there’s something wrong here.”

Key word is “hopefully.”

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