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McConnell hit for impeachment coordination with Trump but Dems did the same with Clinton
Fox News ^ | 12/27/2019 | Adam Shaw

Posted on 12/27/2019 10:16:18 AM PST by Olog-hai

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has come under fire from Democrats, and at least one Republican, for his coordination with the White House on the pending impeachment trial in the Senate — but the outrage overlooks the fact that Democrats took a similar approach with President Bill Clinton during his 1999 impeachment trial.

McConnell, R-Ky., stirred a hornets’ nest when he told Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier this month that he will be “coordinating” with the White House and that “there will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this.” […]

But whether or not Senate leaders should be coordinating with the White House, McConnell is appearing to follow a precedent set during the 1999 Clinton impeachment.

According to then-Washington Post reporter Peter Baker’s book, “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton,” Senate Democrats coordinated with the White House on a number of impeachment-related issues behind the scenes.

According to Baker, one of those arrangements involved White House Counsel Charles Ruff arranging a “secret signal” with Democratic leadership. If Ruff wanted to rebut anything from the Republican House managers, something rules didn’t allow for, he pre-arranged with then-Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle’s aides for a senator to submit a question to then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist asking the White House to respond.

Aides reportedly would “fill in the name” of one of several “default senators” — such as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and then-Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. — who had agreed to allow themselves to “be used in this way.” …

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrisdodd; clinton; democrats; dodd; hypocrisy; impeachment; leahy; leakyleahy
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1 posted on 12/27/2019 10:16:18 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Senator John Glenn was referred to as “Counsel for the Defense”. Reward was another ride in space, because “NASA wanted to research zero-g on the aged”.


2 posted on 12/27/2019 10:20:31 AM PST by Jumpmaster (U.S. Army Paratrooper. I am the 0.001%.)
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To: Olog-hai

What was goose for the Democrats isn’t sauce for the Republicans. Got it.


3 posted on 12/27/2019 10:22:46 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Olog-hai

The defense (Trump and his legal team) need to be fully informed about all relevant rules and evidence.

It’s just being fair.


4 posted on 12/27/2019 10:23:34 AM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: Olog-hai

Someone should tell Murky-Cowski.


5 posted on 12/27/2019 10:23:58 AM PST by Fido969 (In!)
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To: Olog-hai
Hey, Team Barry (and that includes you, Lisa M.),
Just as you've been so quick to crow, "Elections have consequences!"
6 posted on 12/27/2019 10:27:02 AM PST by rx (Truth will out!)
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To: Olog-hai

Clinton’s Dims acted behind the scenes, while McConnel is open about what he is doing. Apparent or not apparent, there is no difference in how the two parties have acted. Remember, little other than naming which body carries out the impeachment and which carries out the trial, the Constitution has very little specific to say about how it must, can, or cannot be done. That leaves many of the “rules” left to politics.


7 posted on 12/27/2019 10:34:00 AM PST by Wuli
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To: Olog-hai
Fast forward to the "Flaming Bags of Dog Poop" theory below. I think I have it dialed in now....

Which impeachment is Nancy doing now?

Schrödinger's Cat Impeachment: As Nancy refuses to hand over impeachment to the Senate, Trump might be both Impeached and Not Impeached at the same time.

Seinfeld Impeachment: An impeachment about NOTHING.

The ObamaCare Impeachment: The House passes the Articles of Impeachment first then they figure out what they did doesn't work and hands them off to Chief Justice Roberts to fix, at trial, in the Senate.

The Rorschach Test Impeachment: Throw ink against the hearing room wall and interpret it in any way you want. It can be treason to some, bribe to others, and a perfectly legal exercise of the Separation of Powers to others.

The 6th Sense Impeachment: Where the audience (the American people) finds out at the end, the Articles of Impeachment were dead the whole time.

The Wizard of Oz Impeachment: Nancy threatens impeachment of Trump (.....and his little dog, too!) for killing Witch Hillary in the 2016 election. Nancy sends out her flying monkeys, led by Schiff and Nadler, to do her dirty work. In the end, Nancy get doused with water in the next election and melts down.

The Einstein Insanity Impeachment: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The Susan Rice Impeachment: Impeached because of an obscure YouTube video. Based on repetitive themes, it may become a remake of "Ground Hog Day".

The Caveman Impeachment: Representative Al Green "I'm concerned that if we don't impeach this president, he will get reelected...." Impeachment so easy, a caveman can do it.

The Flaming Bags of Dog Poop Impeachment: Nancy sets fire to a flaming bag of dog poop at the front door of the Senate, but delays ringing the doorbell. This buys time for Schiff and Nadler to put together a second bag of flaming dog poop. Nancy sets up the second bag of dog poop at the back door of the Senate. Sooner or later, Nancy rings the front doorbell. Mitch stamps out the fire at the front door. Then Nancy rings the doorbell at the Senate's back door, forcing Mitch to track dog poop throughout the Senate. Mitch stamps out the second flaming bag of dog poop, getting his shoes even dirtier. (This seems to be the most accurate predicted plan for Impeachment.)

8 posted on 12/27/2019 10:36:16 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Olog-hai

Democrats marched over to the Clinton White House and had a party the day the House impeached The Bent One.


9 posted on 12/27/2019 10:36:29 AM PST by lodi90
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To: Olog-hai

The longer this goes on the more likely that chattering campaigns will be used to skew the process.

Trump thinks the trial should happen because it will generate support, but there is real risk that the whining by Schumer and the deranged Rats will lead to unintended consequences.

The Senate should take the matter up as soon as possible or have Trump file a writ of Mandamus. If the analogy to ordinary process is going to be maintained, then this will compel the matter to be heard in the Senate.

And it all needs to be dismissed with prejudice as being utterly without merit, produced by the most reprehensible, non-American House majority in our history.


10 posted on 12/27/2019 10:36:49 AM PST by Regulator
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To: Regulator

And it all needs to be dismissed with prejudice as being utterly without merit, produced by the most reprehensible, non-American House majority in our history.


The House can and likely will keep filling the same charges and possibly new ones as long as Trump is President. They have sole power of impeachment and by God they intend to exercise it good and hard. I hope it destroys them.


11 posted on 12/27/2019 10:42:45 AM PST by hanamizu
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To: Jumpmaster

>>>Senator John Glenn was referred to as “Counsel for the Defense”. Reward was another ride in space

Glenn also helped deflect charges that Clinton sold missile guidance technology to the ChiComs in exchange for campaign cash. I’ll never forget those investigations. They were blacked out by CNN, EXCEPT for the portion where the Rats dragged in Republican Haley Barber for some unrelated matter. They broadcast that part.

https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3568630/posts


12 posted on 12/27/2019 10:46:41 AM PST by Jeff Chandler (BLACK LIVES MAGA)
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There were 11 provable and agreed to {by the demonRATs] crimes, listed and committed by blowjob bent billy.

There are zero listed crimes by President Trump, not even close.

klintoon committed multiple perjuries under OATH, bribed witnesses, suborned perjury {multiple times, with multiple witnesses} extorted witnesses and used the full force of the fbidojciasecretservice to intimidate everyone that could provide negative testimony.

klintoooooon and skag were and still are a criminals on multiple levels, and should have been in jail for the last 30+ years, but they continue to blackmail and bribe their way around the swamp.

I absolutely hate that duo.

13 posted on 12/27/2019 11:02:09 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist mooselimb savages, today.)
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To: SERKIT

I am so stealing that...


14 posted on 12/27/2019 11:04:57 AM PST by Chuckster (Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish)
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To: hanamizu
The House can and likely will keep filling the same charges and possibly new ones as long as Trump is President.

Do you think the Democrat will hold the House majority after 2020?

15 posted on 12/27/2019 11:09:17 AM PST by Chuckster (Friends don't let friends eat farmed fish)
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To: Olog-hai

is it Illegal for Mitch to talk with the president now and support him?

Folks, this is never going to end- ‘Rolling impeachment’ - Hopefully the4 left lose so badly during midterms that they finally get the message to stop their asinine witch hunt! May they lose both house and senate for decades to come because of their war against we the people and this President!


16 posted on 12/27/2019 11:10:23 AM PST by Bob434
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To: Olog-hai

None of the Senate members are witnesses until they are sworn in by Chief Justice Roberts. The Senate doesn’t even have the articles of impeachment.


17 posted on 12/27/2019 11:12:50 AM PST by Captain Compassion (I'm just sayin')
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To: Chuckster
:::::I am so stealing that...:::::

Please do, but speak well of me....

18 posted on 12/27/2019 11:15:19 AM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Olog-hai

Note: Dems have not claimed support for Trump’s Constitutional rights. They want Repubs to be uncommitted. LOL That dog don’t hunt no more.


19 posted on 12/27/2019 11:16:39 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (A deep and terrible ignorance born of abject corruption is required to hate our president.)
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To: lodi90

Basically Pelosi froze the process so the rats can continue with additional articles. It’s actually a brilliant move by Pelosi. What’s the legal recourse by the Senate?


20 posted on 12/27/2019 11:16:53 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (When you think about what the left is doing to America, think no further than Cloward-Piven)
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