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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 03:24 PM

The man who could ruin McConnell's plan for a sham impeachment trial

Terry H. Schwadron

Amid impeachment gatherings in cities nationwide, partisan debates and a seething White House, the House of Representatives has finally voted along party lines to impeach Donald Trump, an action that is only the third in history.

A lot of people underwent a lot of effort to make things dramatic, but the numbers of the vote were understood from the get-go.

There were late-inning screeds and pleas: The presidentís 6-page attack on Democrats did not waive away the dishonor of impeachment. Indeed remarks by Rudy Giuliani just underscored that there was a scheme, not a single phone call to extort campaign help for U.S. recognition and military help to a foreign country.

McConnell has been unusually pushy this week, going public with the message that he is in charge, that he is not an impartial juror, that this is a political process rather than a legal one.

And there was Speaker Nancy Pelosiís screwball curve, vowing to hold the impeachment and not deliver it to the Senate until she understands that there will be a fair trial.

So, shortly or not, weíre on to the Senate, where, the question was forming as to whether it will be Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who will drive the decision-making for Trumpís impeachment trial.


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