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Sun Feb 14, 2021, 12:30 PM

"People want to get home for Valentine's Day."

Multiple sources close to the impeachment managers disputed that claim, saying instead it was significant pressure from Senate Democrats that resulted in their decision to change course. The House managers wanted to bring Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) in to testify, only relenting after receiving pushback from multiple Senate Democrats, they said.

During the Senate break after the witness vote Saturday, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) twice came into the managers’ room off the Senate floor, according to multiple Democratic sources. Coons pressed House Democrats to relent, saying their quest for witnesses would cost them Republican votes to convict and maybe even some Democrats.

"The jury is ready to vote," Coons told the managers, according to a senior House Democratic aide. "People want to get home for Valentine‘s Day."

Coons later returned a second time to urge the managers to take a deal with Trump's lawyers to enter what House Democrats viewed as damning evidence from Herrera Beutler into the record. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also approached a House manager in the hallway to urge them against calling witnesses, according to sources close to the managers.


https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/13/senate-democrats-impeachment-witnesses-468992

EDIT: Please note that House Managers could NOT have called witnesses earlier. No one was allowed to do that until that moment Saturday morning.

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Reply "People want to get home for Valentine's Day." (Original post)
servermsh Feb 14 OP
NJCher Feb 14 #1
StarfishSaver Feb 14 #5
leighbythesea2 Feb 14 #2
niyad Feb 14 #3
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Response to servermsh (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 12:50 PM

1. Amy Klobuchar on Jonathan Capehart

says no. Valentines Day had nothign to do with it.

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Response to NJCher (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 01:11 PM

5. This "What about the witnesses" is pure bullshit

They can't deal with the fact that the House managers did a magnificent job and managed to get more Republicans than expected to vote to convict Trump - they're already bored with that story so they've glommed onto the "Why weren't WITNESSES called?!" as if not calling witnesses screwed something up or changed the outcome.

The press - and some Democrats who see politics as entertainment - wanted witnesses because they think it would have been exciting and fun, not because they have any reason to believe that witnesses were necessary, would have offered any new information or evidence, or would have resulted in a different outcome.

So today, they are engaging in false equivalence and "whataboutism" and the ultimate bothsiderism, giving as much time and outrage to the fact that the House managers didn't drag the process out further with pointless witnesses as they are to the fact that 43 Republicans just gave a free pass to a president who incited a deadly insurrection.

This is ridiculous.

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Response to servermsh (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 12:51 PM

2. Huh

I get some of the thought pattern around maybe we've got some repub votes now, and other, better outlined strategies people here on DU have said, but adding the Valentine's bit is just weirdly grasping.
That can't be true, can it?
I mean presidents day is coming up. How about the repub traitors not feel like they tarnished that quieter holiday. But we know its far too late, their souls are long gone.

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Response to servermsh (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 01:05 PM

3. Politico?? Okay.

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Response to servermsh (Original post)

Sun Feb 14, 2021, 01:06 PM

4. "Multiple sources close to the impeachment managers"

Ok

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