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Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:34 PM

John Dean recommends Rule XI impeachment committee

On CNN just now. He said it would be a good way to go to educate the public. I won't pretend to know the rules of the Senate but here is what I found on a search.

https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/3_1986SenatesImpeachmentRules.pdf

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Response to Bradshaw3 (Original post)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 03:48 PM

1. That's what I've been saying for weeks!

They should have sent impeachment to a committee while continuing to do the main normal Senate work on the floor.

Imagine weeks of damaging committee coverage.

This doesn't seem like what Democrats want to do, though.

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Response to servermsh (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 04:15 PM

2. What would be the other benefits?

I would like to know more and it may be too late. I believe they had to impeach him but another Senate vote that just goes along party lines seems unsatisfactory. Although impeachment from a historical perspective was required and it will at least put the repubs on record, not that they or their voters care.

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Response to servermsh (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 1, 2021, 09:19 PM

3. I don't understand the thinking behind wanting a quick trial in the Senate.

It does seem that committee hearings would be a great way to 'educate the public' as Dean says. We would all be learning what really went on, who was involved, what everyone knew and when they knew it. Why in the world would we not want that when stakes are so high?

Is there some chance that Dems want trump out of the way quickly so that they can go after the smaller fish in peace? Given the uncertainty of a Senate vote to convict, it doesn't make sense not to spend more time in order to make it absolutely obvious that the election was not in doubt, that there was a Big Lie, and that the republic was on the line.

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