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I presume nobody in the USA expect the Senate Republicans to convict their own man, so this was always about going through the motions. However the process is still important, and the failure to call material witnesses and documents, the failure to act impartially, and the extraordinary choices Trump made in the selection of his defence team will all not sit well with any who value the US Constitutions checks and balances which do not bestow absolute power on a President however "democratically" elected.

The use of the excuse that impeachment in an election year is inappropriate is reminiscent of the time the Republican Senate refused to even discuss President Obama's Supreme Court nominees so that they could appoint their own conservative choices after his term had expired. Again, another abuse of process. There is nothing in the Constitution preventing either impeachment of Supreme Court appointments in an election year. These processes are constitutionally separate and distinct.

BTW Could Trump have stood for election in November even if he was convicted and replaced by Pence, or does impeachment disbar him from participation in a future election?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 01:04:29 PM EST
Impeachment can bar one from holding federal office for life. Per Wiki:
In impeachment proceedings, the defendant does not risk forfeiture of life, liberty, or property. According to the Constitution, the only penalties allowed to be imposed by the Senate are removal from office and disqualification from holding any federal office in the future.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 03:54:09 PM EST
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Properly, Trump, Pence, Pompeo and Barr should all be impeached and barred from federal offices for life.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 03:57:41 PM EST
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In short - bar Barr.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 1st, 2020 at 04:14:38 PM EST
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This statement is not true.

The senate admitted Trial Memorandum and Statement of Material Facts in the impeachment trial of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump [111 pp] for consideration.

DNC propaganda, following defeat of amendments to S.Res 488, proposes that the WH denied discovery of evidence (oral and docs) would be probative but for defeat of Amendment 1295-1298 to S.Res 488.

In truth, House subpoena for specific items have been bound by litigation in circuit courts for nearly one year. The House has had a bigger problem circumventing Art. III adjudication (ConLaw) than "humiliating" Republican Party politicians, expressing governing "norms," or convicting Trump. Moreover, a substantial amount of Q&A time was dedicated to investigating separation of powers controversy--rather than the credibility of prior or future testimony--and implications to future legislative disputes. Ironic, no?

by Cat on Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 10:16:42 PM EST
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