Partisan split apparent going into final impeachment vote

Andrew Cummings
February 4, 2020

Trump, a Republican, may be tempted to lash out at his Democratic critics seated before him in the US House of Representatives, seeing it as a chance for payback against those who sought to oust him through what he calls a "witch hunt".

Donald Trump was on the brink of ending the darkest chapter of his tumultuous presidency on Monday as the U.S. Senate began the final phase of his impeachment trial that will nearly certainly conclude on Wednesday with his acquittal. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) added, "I've said from the beginning that it was not a flawless phone call and there are elements that were not appropriate".

But Murkowski was also highly critical of the House and the Senate, accusing the House of rushing its impeachment inquiry and critiquing her colleagues in the Senate for lacking impartiality.

Stephen Colbert is so stressed about the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump that he's taken to the kitchen to ease his anxiety. Critics said it undermined her own oft-stated message that this was a "somber" and "prayerful moment" for the country.

The Democrats say that this was inviting a foreign country to intervene in United States elections and was compounded by freezing military aid to Ukraine. "A lot of us in the front line felt that wasn't helpful".

As senators ponder how they might vote - impeachment or acquittal of the president - folks are wondering why the Democratic House managers are challenging senators by calling them names and stating that voting for acquittal would mean aiding the president in a cover-up.

The most recent polls on impeachment show that a majority of Americans think Trump abused power and obstructed Congress.

But most Democrats defend Ms. Pelosi.

According to a 2018 article, Manchin votes with the Trump agenda 60.5% of the time, more than any of other Democrat in in the upper chamber, and has often been speculated as one to switch parties - a rumor he has constantly swatted down.

Republicans, however, argued that the House of Representatives was the one overstepping authority by impeaching Mr. Trump.

The Alaska senator told reporters she agreed with Alexander, of Tennessee, that it was "inappropriate" for Trump to push Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

"A president free of accountability is a danger to the beating heart of our democracy", Schiff said. "That is a debate I am absolutely confident we are winning".

Still, the president held out little hope for bipartisan cooperation this year in the wake of the impeachment fight, saying he doubted Democrats would want to work with him. It is an "ugly distinction", in the words of Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, a progressive advocacy group.

Sen. Kevin Cramer suggested that while he personally could not pull off a State of the Union address riddled with snipes at political rivals over impeachment, the president's pugnacious personal brand could lend itself to such a speech.

Ms. Pelosi has answered the question before.

If left in office, Schiff argued, Trump would "100 percent... continue trying to cheat in the election until he succeeds".

House Democrats who have acted as trial managers in the Senate proceedings, urged lawmakers to remove Mr. Trump from office, warning the President posed too great a risk of inviting foreign interference into the coming election.

Therefore, he said that the President should be removed or history will judge the senators harshly.

Ms. Pelosi put it this way: "I think the spotlight that is on him will be very hot for him to handle".

We won't know the results of the Democratic Iowa caucuses until Tuesday morning at the earliest, Iowa's Democratic Party told the campaigns early Tuesday, but the presidential candidates still took the stage Monday night, casting "the unsatisfying delay in the most positive light possible for their campaigns", USA Today notes. It's a grand tragedy, one of the worst tragedies that the Senate has ever overcome. He warned senators that for Trump, the "past is prologue".

The Senate voted on Friday not to hear from any witnesses, including Trump's former national security adviser John Bolton, who in an unpublished book depicts Trump as playing a central role in pressuring Ukraine. "You won!" a guy yelled from the crowd, getting a laugh.

At the same time he will offer to work with his political opponents on issues like reducing healthcare and drug prices and rebuilding infrastructure, they said. If you don't get the confirmation within 10 minutes, please check your spam folder. "So what's the big deal?"

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