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Trumpís First Impeachment Win
The Atlantic ^ | October 31, 2019 | Russell Berman

Posted on 10/31/2019 10:47:55 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The House’s resolution should have been the easiest for Republicans to go along with. None of them did.

So this is how the impeachment of President Donald Trump is going to go.

The House this morning cast its first vote in a process that could lead to just the third Senate impeachment trial of a president in U.S. history. When Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans for the vote earlier this week, there was at least some promise of drama: Which House Democrats would defect? How many Republicans might defy Trump to back a formal impeachment inquiry that a few of them had signaled their support for?

After all, this was a vote that Republicans and the White House had been demanding for weeks—an official resolution that took the ambiguity and the secrecy out of the closed-door process Democrats had been conducting, a means of forcing every lawmaker to go on record in support of or in opposition to the impeachment inquiry. Pelosi, who had resisted holding such a vote for more than a month, had given in.

Yet when lawmakers gathered in the House chamber this morning, the actual tally turned out to be like so many others in Congress: party-line and partisan, a mere formality. Not a single House Republican voted with Democrats to affirm the impeachment. Not Representative Mark Amodei of Nevada, who had briefly backed the inquiry in the early going. Or Representative Will Hurd of Texas, the ex-CIA officer who earlier this month called Trump’s demand that Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden “terrible.” Or even Representative Francis Rooney of Florida, who had voiced his openness to impeachment and then promptly announced his retirement from Congress.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 116th; congress; couppeachment; declassification; democrats; fbi; fisa; impeachment; pelosi; republicans; trump; trumpukraine
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1 posted on 10/31/2019 10:47:55 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, what does that mean? The House still voted for impeachment. Stupids...


2 posted on 10/31/2019 10:50:18 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s too late after the secret kangaroo court is over with selective leaks for the last month.


After all, this was a vote that Republicans and the White House had been demanding for weeks—an official resolution that took the ambiguity and the secrecy out of the closed-door process Democrats had been conducting, a means of forcing every lawmaker to go on record in support of or in opposition to the impeachment inquiry. Pelosi, who had resisted holding such a vote for more than a month, had given in.”


3 posted on 10/31/2019 10:51:03 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with islamic terrorists - they want to die for allah and we want to kill them.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So this is how the impeachment of President Donald Trump is going to go.

Or not go. At the end of the day you aren't going to move any Republicans. Except maybe Mitt Romney if he wants to commit political suicide. So impeachment is a dead letter.


4 posted on 10/31/2019 10:51:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a crock. The whole article is a crock.


5 posted on 10/31/2019 10:51:58 AM PDT by rockinqsranch ("Democratic" party sold out to the ICP. It is now the Communist Party USA.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, is this a formal floor vote to start an impeachment or, is this some flim flam brought by left wing feather merchants to try and make legitimate the existing kangaroo fraud?


6 posted on 10/31/2019 10:52:14 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The writing is on the wall. The House voted to call their sham an impeachment. They authorized releasing what they want, but still no way for opposition to ask questions.


7 posted on 10/31/2019 10:52:18 AM PDT by Ingtar (Bedbugs, thy name is Democrat.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

” The House still voted for impeachment. Stupids...”

Not exactly.


8 posted on 10/31/2019 10:52:41 AM PDT by TexasGator (Z1z)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Those walls. They are closing in.


9 posted on 10/31/2019 10:53:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Romney is in the Senate. This article is only talking about the House.


10 posted on 10/31/2019 10:53:47 AM PDT by TangledUpInBlue
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The entire Democrat farce would be laughable if it didnt portend so ill for the future of Constituional governance.


11 posted on 10/31/2019 10:53:55 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Everyone who voted for a Democrat Representative is to blame.


12 posted on 10/31/2019 10:54:08 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Gone but not forgiven.)
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To: TangledUpInBlue

Yes I know. They aren’t going to move any Republicans in either chamber except perhaps for Romney. Maybe Susan Collins if she is thinking about retirement.


13 posted on 10/31/2019 10:55:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer)
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To: rockinqsranch
I disagree. I think the author's point is valid.

Through the public vote it is clear that this sham impeachment is purely partisan -- which neither Trump nor any Republican in the House could do by themselves without control of the House. This sends a strong message to Republican senators (which the author notes) as well as an unambiguous message to McConnell that if impeachment is ultimately referred for trial it must be struck dead at the door of the Senate as the sham it is.

14 posted on 10/31/2019 10:58:18 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If 1 R had voted for it, the media would be filled with stories!

2Dems voted against it, and no one says a word (except parenthetically).


15 posted on 10/31/2019 10:58:42 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: Lion Den Dan

It’s flim flam. They voted to develop a process, not to start proceedings, and in the meantime, the Dems can keep their secrecy and prevent GOPers from asking questions.

This is not what GOP reps were asking for, but just another Schiff-Pelosi tricky maneuver. They’re like eels - just when you think you’ve got a grip on them, they twist and scoot their slimy way out to attack again.


16 posted on 10/31/2019 10:59:34 AM PDT by livius
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To: reg45

“...Everyone who voted for a Democrat Representative is to blame.....”
Outside of their hard-core crazies, that’d would blissfully be the bleeding-heart, soccer moms all across the fruited plain.


17 posted on 10/31/2019 10:59:36 AM PDT by lgjhn23 (It's easy to be liberal when you're dumber than a box of rocks.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I see them leaking key “favorable” info as they see fit, then NOT voting for impeachment (which would jeopardize too many house seats in Rep. districts). Then they will present their biased “findings” to the public and leave it up to the next election. Thus, they never provide the president with a hearing to call whiteness or counter their charges.

What a mess they are making of this!!


18 posted on 10/31/2019 11:00:22 AM PDT by impactplayer
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To: rockinqsranch
I disagree. It shows what the left is thinking about how well they did or didn't do. Right now, the Atlantic being a reliably far left rag, it shows the left did badly with this resolution because it failed to peel off any Republicans.
19 posted on 10/31/2019 11:02:43 AM PDT by libstripper (a bit,)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The dem Rep in our district voted for impeachment today. He’s gone by 50 points next November.


20 posted on 10/31/2019 11:03:45 AM PDT by lurk
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