FoxNews.com reports that
As the Senate impeachment trial dragged on late Tuesday night with a series of similar Democrat-proposed subpoena requests that Republicans methodically shot down one-by-one, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered Democrats an option: bundle all of their document requests into a “stack” for a single vote, so that the process could move along.
But, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was having none of it — and made clear that he wanted individual votes on each of their proposed amendments to McConnell’s rules, no matter how long it took.
“There will be a good number of votes. We are willing to do some of those votes tomorrow. There’s no reason we have to do them all tonight and inconvenience the Senate and the Chief Justice [John Roberts], but we will not back off on getting votes on all of these amendments,” Schumer said.
“A number” of additional amendments were going to be offered, the Democrat added. Eventually, the Senate started debating his fifth proposal: to subpoena Pentagon documents about Ukraine aid.
The chamber handed President Trump something of a win Tuesday by voting 53-47 four separate times to effectively kill a series of proposals from Schumer to subpoena White House, State Department and Office of Management and Budget documents, as well as acting White House Chief of Staff Mike Mulvaney, respectively. The party-line vote demonstrated GOP unity at the start of the trial, which is all but certain to result in the president’s acquittal.
However, the votes were not final determinations that there would be no new witnesses or document requests. Instead, Senate Republicans have indicated they will vote for McConnell’s underlying scheduling resolution, which permits potential new witnesses and documents later in the Senate trial.
Fox News was told to expect at least three or four more amendments — including potentially similar amendments to subpoena officials such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton. There were signs that attention was flagging in the chamber: As of 9 p.m. ET, the galleries to watch the proceedings contained only 29 members of the public.
Eventually, once Democrats’ amendments are all defeated, the Senate is expected to vote sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning on McConnell’s underlying rules resolution in order to set the ground rules for the trial.
“It’s getting late,” White House counsel Pat Cipollone said late Thursday night. “I would ask you, respectfully, if we could simply start, maybe tomorrow we can start — and they can make their argument, and they can, I guess, make a case that they once called ‘overwhelming.’ We’ll see… Seriously, can we please start?”
Before they began the trial yesterday, the House and Senate Democrats paraded before the microphones of the press attempting to paint a picture of an unfair, “rigged” trial, even before yesterday’s proceedings began.
There was a reason for that.
As arrogant and impressed with their own intelligence as the Dems are, even they know that their “Impeachment Inquiry” through which they railroaded the President of the United States of America’s name, reputation, and character as all being lacking through a series of clandestine meetings, held in the basement of the Capitol Building, proved nothing at all
For them to be insisting on “fairness” now (meaning doing things THEIR way) not only strains credulity, it breaks that sucker clean in two.
The allowing of Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce amendments which had no chance of passing was as tediously harsh as the sound of fingernails on a blackboard.
However, I would be lying if I told you that I did not take an extreme amount of enjoyment as the Senate Republicans struck all of those amendments down.
The Dems spent all day yesterday telling the American public that they did a rushed and inadequate job of building any sort of credible case for impeaching President Donald J. Trump.
While that was not their intent, nor did they come right out and say it, that is exactly what their whining for the allowance of THEIR witnesses in the Senate Trial means.
Additionally, their bringing up polls which they claim show that the majority of Americans support impeaching the President is as big an exercise in inaccuracy as when they and their propagandists in the Main Stream Media were proudly touting all of the polls predicting that Hillary Clinton was going to be the 45th president of the United States of America.
Speaking for this ‘average American”, it was all I could do to keep from throwing something at the TV when Adam Schiff was lying as easily as he drew breath.
One part of me wants the president’s Legal Team to absolutely tear apart these seditious idiots in front of the entire world.
Another part of me just wants the Republicans to go ahead and call for the vote to dismiss this whole political hatchet job, allowing it, like the attack on Pearl harbor, to be an action which will live in infamy.
Both were meant to harm America and Americans.
The Japanese wanted to take our lives.
The Democrats want to nullify our votes from November 8, 2016.
Until He Comes,