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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 11:41 AM

No Begging Or Pleading -- It's Senate Republicans Who Are On Trial

By Josh Marshall
January 21, 2020 4:59 a.m.

You’ve probably now read about Mitch McConnell’s cover-up plan for a Senate impeachment trial. It’s outrageous and Democrats should fight it tooth and nail. But this is an important moment to remember just who is on trial. President Trump is obviously guilty. The President’s trial briefs concede as much — stating baldly the none of the alleged offenses are impeachable even if proven. It’s always been Senate Republicans who are on trial.

We know what Trump did. What remains to be seen is whether Senate Republicans will back his behavior. Monday evening we got a big part of the answer.

When we say that it’s Senate Republicans who are on trial, that’s not just rhetoric or wordplay. It’s the reality and understanding it is a guide to political action.

I’ve already seen a number of statements from Senate Democrats “hoping” that “Republican moderates” will force McConnell to backtrack. This is all wrong, not least because it prospectively credits the good faith of these supposed “moderates” who are in fact operating as McConnell’s foot soldiers in shutting the trial down. In other words, this is vouching for the good faith and good intentions of senators who deserve to be driven from office in November. Start making the case against them right now. If any of them think they are unfairly accused the solution is ready at hand.


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Tue Jan 21, 2020, 12:34 PM

1. Really

Actually our entire system and the actual future of the US is on trial...If out system can be gamed so easily it is going to fall apart...Our only real chance is to get Dems in control of both houses and the executive branch and take the time to fix things so that this cannot happen again...

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