Impeachment Is Back: Senate Republicans Have Votes To Set Their Rules

Congress is back in session, so impeachment is the order of the day.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi left for the winter break without sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, saying she wanted to see their rules first.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell essentially thumbed his nose at her, pointing out that the Senate controls its own destiny.  Now McConnell has the votes to back that up.

McConnell said on Tuesday he has enough Republican support to set the rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will end the Democrats’ efforts to call new witnesses against the president.

McConnell doesn’t want more witnesses.  Instead, he wants to hold a fast trial based on evidence collected in the House of Representatives.  Still, they Senate could hear more witnesses.  The ability to set the rules gives them the power to leave that decision until later.

Senator Lindsey Graham, referring to an arrangement made during the 1999 impeachment trial of then-President Bill Clinton after Republicans and Democrats were similarly deadlocked over the question of witness testimony, said:

“We’ve got the votes necessary to start the trial using the Clinton model, which is good news.”

Meanwhile, Pelosi is still holding up the articles.  Her office said no decision has been made on the timeline for sending the articles of impeachment and that Democrats are backing the strategy of holding onto them for the time being.

All in all, it looks like Congress is back to where it was before the break, at an impasse along party lines.

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  1. ISRAEL CORIANO
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    Nancy Pelosi, and any other Democrat with more than ten years in their position, should retire immediately.

    • ISRAEL CORIANO
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      Nancy Pelosi, and any other Democrat with more than ten years in their position, should be asked to retire immediately.

  2. Teresa Valiani
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    Why does the general public put – up with this …….we pay those in office to better the lives of our citizens…….instead they play this never ending crap …….and they weaken America’s image in the world……don’t they know that the world is watching?!?

  3. Hans Munkwitz
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    To end this charade/witch hunt let’s tell Senator McConnell to tell Nancy Pelosi to go take a hike off a deep stiff cliff and take Schiffer with her! it is high time that these anti-american people in DC shut up and allow President Trump (who was legally elected by the We the People) to do the job he was elected to do unimpeded by the daily harassment from the left!!!!

  4. JoeyP
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    It’s about time that the SENATE told Senile Nancy Pelosi OFF and let HER know that there ARE “Separations of Powers” that she has NO influence over it. I thank Lindsay Graham, Mitch McConnell, POTUS Trump and others for being the “adults” in the room and letting the INSANITY of the Radical Left DIE in the HOUSE. We need to stick with the U.S. Constitution. Next: INDICTING Schiff, Nadler, Pelosi (and other Democrats Responsible for this illegal COUP impeachment SHAM) on Section 3, Article 3 in the U.S. Constitution for CRIMES against the American People and POTUS, Sedition and TREASON. The Democrats KNEW that the POTUS was NOT guilty of these BOGUS charges and are GUILTY as charged. This was meant as a means of illegally overturning the 2016 election results and ATTEMPTING to STEAL an election of a DULY elected POTUS. They need to be removed from OFFICE, led away in HANDCUFFS to a prison cell like all OTHER criminals. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  5. Kurt Walker
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    It’s past time to bring this impeachment agenda to an end. If Pelosi won’t send the articles the senate should, using the twenty five day rule, go ahead without the articles. The constitution says the congress must send the articles to the senate after closing their impeachment decision. Since she refuses to release the articles the senate has the power to proceed based on her delay and without her permission.

  6. Alice Cokefair
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    I see no good reason why the American people continue to PAY Congress for NOT performing their Constitutionally mandated work. All pay and benefits to Congressional members should cease immediately, and not continue UNTIL a true BUDGET is passed to run this nation for 2020. NOT a “continuing resolution” a BUDGET.
    Republicans, you seriously need to FIND your cojones, dust off your copies of the US Constitution, and support this President in his efforts to weed out the tremendous corruption YOU have placed in this government for the purpose of enriching yourselves at the cost of this nation and it’s citizens. TERM LIMITS FOR ALL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT POSITIONS!

    • Gwyn Lanier
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      I agree 100%

  7. Old Guy
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    Now if the losers in house would send it over, we could be done with this stupidity

  8. jack
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    Look people there isn’t a democratic party anymore . The party now is the Socialist Party Headed up by there Socialist Leader Pelosi ! She and the squad are the leaders now of the new Party of Socialist . Pelosi has lost control of the once democratic party .

  9. Kay
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    Pelosi has no right to tell the Senate what to do. She should have ask question all of people she want to hear from. She is evil and wants bad to get Trump, Pence out as she is next in line to run the country. She knows no one will vote her in for President. She hot to get to be president so she make us socialism country with her in charge. They know our life as we know it taking our freedom of speech, to own guns and us our money the way we want. They want our life so we can be like California. She wants to run and she will do anything to win. Would not surprise me if she hired someone to do Trump in. She evil and a witch on steroids.

  10. Rita H Gates
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    Thank god, finally someone isn’t letting Pelosi and her raiders push them around. She needs to learn, she isn’t the president, even though she seems to think she is. We, the people are so tired of all this B/S.

  11. Rita H Gates
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    Thank god, finally someone isn’t letting Pelosi and her raiders push them around. She needs to learn, she isn’t the president, even though she seems to think she is. We, the people are so tired of all this B/S.

  12. Ramona
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    Democrats and republicans who have prevented the President forbeing president. Need the pay withheld. They have went Against the constitution. And hold up many progresses OF OUR NATION. The uses of their job. NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. NO ONE SHOULD BE RUNING OUT NATiON. WITHOUT THE WISHES OF THe PEOPLE. INCLUDING ON HOW THE MONEY IS SPENT. WHO, AND HOW MANY COME IN TO OUT NATION. WHEN WE THE PPL SAY NO. NO IS NO ! They have become USLESS in the job that they hold. LIES under oth. NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH. DEMS HAVE LIED.and are running our nation like they are communist leaders. IN WHICH, We are not. We , The People , NEED to be relieved of these UNJUST democratic socialist PEOPLE. who taken our money and land , and resourses. And have done with them, as they wish . ..NOT FOR THE BETTER MENT OF THE PEOPLE OF OUT NATION.

    • Gwyn Lanier
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      AMEN!

  13. Stewart M Bestwick
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    Since the Democrat’s think they run the entire government, I would think that is overdue for the Senate to demonstrate that the Democrat’s in the House of Representative are only 1/3 of the three co-equal branches. The Speaker has player her hand, now it’s the Senates turn at hitting the ball out of the stadium. I use that term because the Democrat’s turned this matter into a game, that they couldn’t win!

    • Steven Muller
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      Right idiot, take your blinders off. McConnell has a stack of bills on his desk scratching the ceiling. Common Sence Gun Control, Safe Drinking Water, Environmental Policies, and on and on. McConnell has only accomplished taking millions of dollars from the NRA, and corporate lobbyists, which has made him the biggest obstructionist in the history of our government. So go either go back to your Russian loving FOX ( JUNK) NEWS, or go back to school and get educated, you might even learn to spell four letter words, something this ignorant moron of a president hasn’t learned yet.

  14. Rich
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    And so… there you have it. Months of BS, millions of dollars spent, and we are back to square one. Total nonsense! Can we please get on with running our country?

  15. Alila Barreras
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    The impeachment will have the same final that MUller _Rusia investigation had. “No obstruction no collusion”. The impeachment is a new Democrats Circus with the same crocodiles swimming in the dirty swamp waters.

  16. Steven Muller
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    McConnell and Graham are as corrupt as the day is long. The time has come for the Schumer and the Democratic leadership to find some spine and put these sleazy, corrupt arrogant Republican clowns back in their cages, preferably the same cages that they kept the innocent immigrant children in.

  17. Thomas Drapela
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    The Impeachment Charges will be sent to the Senate around September 2020 at the start of the Election Campaign. Seriously we must concentrate on who is the Vice Presidential Candidate for each party because They may end up being President due to the fact all U.S. Presidents assassinated were elected in years divisible by 20. And you know how crazy these Democratic Socialist are now; wait until President Trump is re-elected in another landslide.

  18. Gwyn Lanier
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    It is time to end this unnecessary impeachment mess and get back to working FOR the people of this GREAT COUNTRY instead of playing around like the democrats are doing now! GROW UP and get over loosing, that was four years ago and the PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY DID NOT WANT HILLARY AS PRESIDENT!

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