This week, among other grave issues, Iran launched missiles at two overseas U.S. military bases, a jetliner crashed in Iran killing all 176 people on board, and gun violence, lack of access to health care, and other threats continued to rock the country. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is still spending all of his time on Twitter. This Friday morning, he posted almost three dozen tweets and retweets and counting, many of which focused on harassing Democrats for daring to demand fairness in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
For example, a couple of Twitter posts that the president retweeted from West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito included the angry message:
‘For months, House Democrats said @realDonaldTrump was a national security threat and that impeachment was urgent. Where’s that urgency now? I’m joining @LindseyGrahamSC in urging Speaker Pelosi to send over the Articles of Impeachment. This delay is an abuse of power & denies POTUS his day in court. Send it or end it!’
In fact, although the president and his allies have beat this drum over and over again, House Democrats have simply waited to name managers for their case and transmit that case until they can examine the actual rules that the Senate comes up with for the trial. Just in recent days, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced that he had the votes to approve trial rules without any support from Democrats at all. The Republican plan is to delay even considering hearing from witnesses — who have been featured in every impeachment trial that the Senate has ever held — until after opening arguments and initial questions from Senators.
This week, McConnell himself signed onto a resolution demanding that the impeachment be thrown out within 25 days from January 12 if the House doesn’t send over the case. Axios notes that the constitutionality of that resolution is definitely contestable, but that hasn’t stopped Republicans, who have consistently completely ignored the ample evidence clearly implicating the president in a plot to get Ukraine to investigate his domestic political opponents.
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