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Rand Paul: 45 Republicans Prepared to Dismiss Charges Against President
Breitbart ^ | 1/22/2020 | Hannah bleau

Posted on 01/22/2020 6:26:56 PM PST by bitt

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday that 45 GOP senators are prepared to dismiss the charges against President Trump and effectively end the Senate impeachment trial.

The Kentucky senator told the Washington Post on day two of the Senate impeachment trial that 45 Republicans are ready to dismiss the charges against Trump. (Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the upper chamber.) He estimated that “five to eight” want to “hear a little more.”

“There are 45, with about five to eight wanting to hear a little more,” Paul told the Post. “I still would like to dismiss it, but there aren’t the votes to do it just yet.”

However, Paul said he is not pushing the point just yet.

“I will push it at some point,” he told the paper, adding, “The more Adam Schiff speaks, the more we become unified.”

Paul has openly rejected the Democrats’ calls for additional witnesses and has issued a political threat to his GOP colleagues, in the event they side with Democrats.

“If you vote against Hunter Biden, you’re voting to lose your election, basically. Seriously. That’s what it is,” Paul said, according to Politico. He continued:

If you don’t want to vote and you think you’re going to have to vote against Hunter Biden, you should just vote against witnesses, period. My first preference would be to be done with it as soon as possible and not to have any witnesses.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters on Wednesday that a witness trade is “off the table,” but Paul affirmed that he does not believe the Senate should call former national security adviser John Bolton as a witness, referring to him as “a disgruntled employee with an ax to grind.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: itsallaboutrand; kentucky; paultardation; randpaul; thefixisin
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To: tennmountainman

I want to know the names of the 8 GOP Senators that are unwilling to
vote for dismissal. I already know a few of the names. Who are the rest?


I’m not really interested in that. They all hate Trump and are hiding being Majority Leader Collins’ skirt. The GOP as a party is failing to support a GOP POTUS under seditious assault. It’s that simple, really.


41 posted on 01/22/2020 7:45:02 PM PST by lodi90
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To: Ronniesque

Well the VP can only vote in the case of a tie, he does not preside over the Senate during impeachment proceedings. But the Constitution does not say that he must be presiding in order to exercise that privilege. As the Constitution does not specifically prohibit it, I would argue the VP can in fact vote. But I’m sure Roberts would disagree with me.

In summary: it’s unclear.


42 posted on 01/22/2020 7:49:24 PM PST by SteelCowboy
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To: bitt

LMAO! The final score will be 53-47. Just maybe a D or R will want to be a rebel depending on what awaits their next election.


43 posted on 01/22/2020 7:56:30 PM PST by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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To: Old Yeller

“Apparently they don’t realize if they remove Trump, they’ll reap the whirlwind.

Burr and Alexander have already announced they are retiring. Neither fears the voters.


44 posted on 01/22/2020 7:57:36 PM PST by Soul of the South (The past is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow can be a better day if we work on i)
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To: tennmountainman

The bit**es from Maine and AK, Romney and Mike Lee,...


45 posted on 01/22/2020 7:59:28 PM PST by Beagle8U (Did Eric Ciaramella kill Epstein? He didn't kill himself.)
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To: Ronniesque
The VP is not on trial.

In the early years of our republic, the VP and President were elected separately, they could even be from different political parties.

46 posted on 01/22/2020 8:24:02 PM PST by pfflier
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To: pfflier

My question was more of a concern as to whether his role in presiding being taken over by the Chief Justice had any effect on him breaking ties. I do not believe it does, but not clear.


47 posted on 01/22/2020 8:29:00 PM PST by Ronniesque
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To: Beagle8U

Mike Lee wants his “replace Americans with Indians” bill to get passed and signed. SOB is using this to get that. He must have a lot of money at stake (big tech bribes)


48 posted on 01/22/2020 8:31:51 PM PST by StolarStorm
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Yup.


49 posted on 01/22/2020 8:40:47 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

Yup. Kill it.


50 posted on 01/22/2020 8:41:13 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: bitt

McConnell will check very carefully with interests from Az, Me, Co, and NC before he gets behind a motion to dismiss.


51 posted on 01/22/2020 9:38:58 PM PST by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: StolarStorm

All the Mormons are open borders liberal pukes, Romney, Lee, Udall, Crapo..


52 posted on 01/22/2020 9:47:45 PM PST by Beagle8U (Did Eric Ciaramella kill Epstein? He didn't kill himself.)
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To: pfflier

VP not in charge here, is he?

Chief justice running impeachment


53 posted on 01/22/2020 10:16:40 PM PST by thinden
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To: shanover

The vote on McConnell’s plan was along party lines 53 to 47, so there is no way the democrats get to 67 for removal.


54 posted on 01/22/2020 11:06:21 PM PST by rdl6989
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To: bitt

By day 8 of this snooze fest all of the Rs and half of the Ds will re ready to vote for dismissal.


55 posted on 01/22/2020 11:31:31 PM PST by CurlyDave
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To: Ronniesque

I read that for this impeachment thing, the tie would be broken by Judge Roberts.

I heard Ted Cruz talking several days ago that he thought it would be better to have the trial and find Trump innocent of the charges than to just dismiss it out right, as that still leaves the idea of “impeachment” out there for the democrats to harp on.


56 posted on 01/22/2020 11:34:30 PM PST by 21twelve (!)
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To: Jane Long
There should EASILY be 53 + + a few sane Dems (I know, not a thing) who want to shut this miserable Schattshow down, NOW.

Manchin has been voting with the other dems so far. Hope Sessions can trounce Doug Jones in Alabama this year.

57 posted on 01/23/2020 6:49:48 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.)
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To: bitt

After Schitt’s grueling and torturous speaking yesterday, I figure almost everyone there is ready to dismiss just to be done with it. (I tuned in for a couple minutes once in a while, and it took me back to the most boring sermons I sat through and truly wanted to scream.) Either that, or they’ll be asking for clean razor blades for wrist slitting. He just needs to keep it up and wait for the men in white coats to escort him off the stage.

That man is absolutely inSANE.


58 posted on 01/23/2020 6:54:18 AM PST by MayflowerMadam ("Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength" - Corrie ten Boom)
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To: 21twelve

The final vote for Clinton was 50-50. No tie break needed for the verdict because 67 votes needed to convict.


59 posted on 01/23/2020 7:02:56 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe.)
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To: Ronniesque

The narratives leading up to the impeachment circus has said the VP can break ties. I don’t know if that is limited to procedural issues but I assume he has the power as president of the senate still. The chief justice is presiding legally over the process, not as a member of the senate.


60 posted on 01/23/2020 7:56:01 AM PST by pfflier
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