After Midnight


Senate Republicans released their partisan impeachment trial resolution on Monday evening, a blueprint that could result in President Donald Trump’s swift acquittal.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to pass impeachment trial rules giving both the White House counsel and House impeachment managers 24 hours over two days each to make opening arguments, according to a copy of the resolution. That will be followed by 16 total hours of questions and answers, culminating in a four-hour debate and a critical vote over whether to consider witnesses or new information.

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The speedy timetable prompted complaints from Democrats, who see the possibility of 12-hour days and midnight arguments as an attempt to cover-up the trial. A House Democratic aide indicated that 12-hour days or arguments beginning at 1 p.m. would ensure that arguments stretch deep into the night, possibly until 2 or 3 a.m. when breaks are factored in.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said the resolution is a “national disgrace” and it is “clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through.” Schumer specifically dinged language in the resolution that doesn’t automatically admit the House’s evidence into the trial.


Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said Monday that McConnell “wants a fast trial, not a fair trial.”

But it was clear the president and his team were happy with the result.

“We are gratified that the draft resolution protects the [president’s] rights to a fair trial, and look forward to presenting a vigorous defense on the facts and the process as quickly as possible, and seeking an acquittal as swiftly as possible,” said Eric Ueland, the White House legislative affairs director.



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5 responses to “After Midnight

  1. Of course the repubs are going to win. It has been calculated for to Trump to be found not guilty so there we are- Democrats with egg on our faces and looking more stupid that Trump himself.

    it would have been better to concentrate on shoring up a dem. candidate that would be the most likely to win instead of wasting energy on a trial that the dems could not win.

    I stopped reading anything about the crooks in the Senate and how they have rigged the outcome. I sickens me because I just can’t take anymore heart break.

    • I have to disagree with you. There is winning, and there is winning. Look at O.J.. Yes, he was acquitted by a jury, but the entire world heard the evidence and know that he killed two people. He faced consequences, even if it was not a jail sentence (until he committed another crime). He lost all hope of ever getting an endorsement deal again. He is despised. He will forever be remembered as the guy who abused and then killed his wife and Ron Goldman. Twitler might be found no guilty by the Senate, but not only will he be forever tarnished and will hopefully be voted out of office and face criminal charges later on, but those senators who vote to acquit him will face their own consequences. Some of them might be reelected now, but we know that the entire truth of what really happened will come out someday, and those still in public office in a decade or two will have to explain how they voted to acquit someone who was so dangerous to this country.

  2. therub

    what yertle McConnell does or doesn’t do doesn’t surprise me at all. fortunately, highlights of this scam trial will be played in a loop on all the major networks for the public to see. we already know that twittler will be acquitted so it’s a matter of the public waking up to witness the trial that isn’t a trial and deciding at the polling booth if this circus is how we want our government to function.

    • Like Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Evidence is coming out every day, and senators have TV sets. They feed on public opinion, and if public opinion turns, so will they. If not, evidence will continue to come out after this trial if over, and then they will have to field questions about how they voted to exclude witnesses and evidence. There is no good answer. Your last sentence is what all the Dems should be hitting on day after day, Loonie. Is this how we want our government to function?