Yep, old Punxsutawney Phil was rudely roused from his winter nap at Gpbbler's Nob, promptly saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of Election 2020 garbage. Althouse, I hope we open up Pandora's Box! I mean, if we're going to have a show trial, at let it be a good show.
I'm reading "Lindsey Graham Warns Democrats Against Calling Witnesses In Trump Impeachment Trial/'You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness,' cautioned the Trump ally, who claimed a lengthy trial of the former president would be 'bad for the country'" (HuffPo).
“If you open up that can of worms (by calling witnesses), we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people actually pre-planned these attacks and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol,” the South Carolina Republican continued, parroting a right-wing talking point that the attack was planned well before Trump urged his supporters at a pre-riot rally to march to the Capitol.It's hard to parse these "warnings." I assume that if a politico warns the other side not to do something, he's worried about damage to his own side. But that's so obvious that the warning should backfire. Does Graham actually want the Democrats to call witnesses and open the door to weeks or months of testimony that might serve the interests of Republicans? If so, wouldn't the Democrats know that and resist the temptation to call witnesses... or does Graham know that and hope to con the Democrats into not calling witnesses? Infinite layers of potential interpretation.
Graham did not mention that Trump ― even before the election ― whipped his supporters into a lie-fueled frenzy about voter fraud. “You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness,” Graham said. “I hope we don’t call any and we vote and get this trial over next week when it starts.”
More Graham from AllahPundit at Hot Air, Lindsey Graham: If Trump Tries To Prove Election Fraud At The Trial, He’s Going To Lose Everybody
Sundance at CTH, House Managers File Legal Brief for Impeachment Article on Insurrection – Trump Legal Team Respond. 80 pages with circles and arrows and a paragraph on each one to be used as evidence against him. TNP, BREAKING: Democrat Brief Claims U.S. Election Results Never Rejected Before – That’s A MASSIVE Lie.. Twitchy, ‘The House impeachment brief is garbage’: Breitbart’s Joel Pollak says Democrats could at least ‘take the time to impeach properly’
The House impeachment brief is garbage. How does it deal with the fact Trump told the crowd to demonstrate "peacefully"? It claims that was canceled out because Trump later told them to "fight like hell." It also obscures the 1.5-mile distance between Ellipse and Capitol. Absurd.
Ex-Republican Capt. Ed at Hot Air, BREAKING: Trump Defense Files First Response To Impeachment. Neener, neener, neener, you can't convict me. But it has a typo, so it's all null and void.
The response makes two basic arguments simultaneously — that the Senate now lacks jurisdiction because Trump is a private citizen, and that Trump never incited the crowd nor lied about the election. In almost every instance, David Schoen and Bruce Castor answer the House using some form of “Admitted in part, denied in part as not relevant to any matter properly before the Senate.”
Tyler O'Neil at PJ Media claims Trump Eviscerates Democrats' Impeachment Charges, while Acem never one for hyperbole says Trump Submits First Reply to Farcical, Fascist Fake Impeachment Charges "LOLGF."
Capt. Ed has the sads, Kaine: Let’s Face It, My Trump Censure Proposal Is DOA and Politico thinks Conservative groups go MIA on Trump’s impeachment "They were vocal in backing him the first go around, but they’re sitting on the sidelines now. Acquittal, after all, seems guaranteed." Are they sure they're just not ignoring them as usual? Reuters, 'He invited us': Accused Capitol rioters blame Trump in novel legal defense Especially the agent provocateurs. Meanwhile, Bail fund backed by Kamala Harris freed same rioter twice – now he's been charged again "In addition to the latest arrest, prosecutors say Thomas Moseley is under investigation in another matter" (Fox).
Tristan Justice at Da Fed Reports House Republicans Prepare To Oust Liz Cheney From Leadership for her impeachment vote. But wait, Sundance says Lindsey Graham Supports Liz Cheney and Choosing Sides: McConnell Slams Marjorie Taylor Greene, Praises Liz Cheney (AllahPundit). With friends like those. . . Swiped from Insty, WHEN THE ESTABLISHMENT CAN’T EVEN DO WHATABOUTISM RIGHT:
Courtney in reply to Frank Luntz,
Liz Cheney, even if she is removed from House GOP leadership, is not being canceled. She is a sitting member of Congress. This is a gross misuse of the term cancel culture which largely refers to people who have no social capital, no leverage, no platform. No means to fight back.
It's ironic that GOPers who are most outspoken against Cancel Culture (as they should be) also want to cancel Liz Cheney for her vote of conscience and courage. Cheney put country ahead of career.
@Rasmussen_Poll · Jan 31
Note to Self-Appointed Elites: Almost half of ALL VOTERS are concerned about US election integrity: - President Trump left office w/ a job approval of 51%. - 47% of ALL VOTERS believe there was election fraud in Nov 2020. - 45% of ALL VOTERS want a debate on election integrity. twitter.com/Rasmussen_Poll…
Wednesday and the big story is President-in-exile Donald Trump's second "impeachment" trial. On the face of it, it's an absolute farce; Trump cannot be subject to a process the sole purpose of which is to remove him from an elected office that he no longer occupies. If one needs to go beyond that, the "charges" against him are completely baseless, without merit, and defy the timeline of events that occurred on Black Wednesday, January 6th.
Just off the top of my head, these are the events as I have seen, heard and read about them from multiple, reliable eyewitness sources:
1-The overwhelming majority of rally-goers on January 6th were no doubt fired up and passionate about showing up as a way of registering their displeasure at Congress and VP Pence giving the Good Housekeeping seal of approval to the Electoral College vote.
2-In calling for his supporters to come to DC, at no time did President Trump demand, encourage, promote nor even hint at anyone "getting in the faces" of elected officials or being in any way, shape or form destructive.
3-DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and other Democrat elected officials knew in advance that there would be trouble and yet did not call for reinforcements nor did they take any other precautions. There is ample reason to suspect that she and the echelons of the DC cops as well as high level Democrats colluded with Antifa/BLM agitators in advance to stage Reichstag Fire 2: Electric Boogaloo.
4-The actual breaching of the Capitol buildings were led by Antifa/BLM confederates dressed in MAGA gear and in fact were shown to be let in and guided by Capitol Police. It is they who caused whatever minimal damages to property that occurred. John Sullivan, a rabid racialist BLM-tifa leader called for burning the place down on social media whist wearing a MAGA hat and Palestinian terror towel around his neck. Those few dozen who followed them in were seen to be behaving as if they were on a guided tour instead of the mostly peaceful Democrat arsonists who torched a dozen cities over the course of the summer and afterwards.
5-The breach occurred on or about the time Trump started speaking, so he could not have ordered the storming of the Bastille as it was already well under way. Plus, any honest analysis of what he said will show at no time did he tell people to storm Congress or act in any way, shape or form that could be remotely construed as violent.
6-Ashlii Babbitt was shot in cold blood by a Capitol cop and, surprise surprise, no reasonable prosecutor will hold the killer to account. One has to wonder beyond the actions and mindset of the assassin what would be revealed about his higher ups regarding preparations for that day. But that's just conspiracy talk, right? The others who sadly died that day evidently were not as a result of any violent confrontation.
7-When he learned of what was going on in Congress, Trump himself told everyone to disperse and go home as quickly, quietly and peacefully as possible.
8-"Bomb planted at the RNC headquarters the night before? Never heard of it!" -- Charlie Gibson
and more links.Trump Legal Brief Response Blasts Democrat Efforts as "Moot" And "In Violation of the Constitution"
DC Police: Likely "Not Enough Evidence" to Charge Capitol Police Officer In Ashli Babbitt's Death
It Was the Supreme Court's Liberals Who Established Protests Are Not 'Sedition'
Why Trump Should Press His Case On Voter Fraud
Titty Caca AOC Dismissed the Suffering of Riot Victims But Now Wants Us to Have Sympathy For Her
Trump Will Play the Senate's Game Using the Democrats' Chips