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Alan Dershowitz: Trump impeachment is a ‘motion-to-dismiss’ case, save for ‘political’ considerations

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Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, a constitutional representative for President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial, said that in a normal court of law, the case would be subject to a “motion to dismiss.”

Dershowitz said Monday on “The Ingraham Angle” that in a court of law, Trump’s attorneys would be wise to petition for a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the charges against him do not amount to a crime, whether or not he acted as he was accused.

Dershowitz said that in the case of an impeachment trial, such a motion would become a “political issue.”

“This is a motion-to-dismiss case, in which, if it were a criminal case and he was charged with dishonesty … the first thing you do is make a motion to dismiss because dishonesty isn’t a crime,” he said, using “dishonesty” as an example not necessarily germane to the current impeachment case.

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“Obstruction of Congress is not an impeachable offense. Abuse of power is not an impeachable offense. A motion to dismiss and a perfect world would be ideal, but do the American public want to see an end to the trial so quickly? I think that becomes a political issue.”

Dershowitz underlined that he does not believe the president committed either of those acts, adding that the Trump team’s legal brief lays out that case.

“The position is he didn’t do any of these things, that he is innocent as a matter of fact,” Dershowitz said.

“As every criminal trial lawyer knows when you have disputes over facts and disputes over law, you always argue in the alternative. You always argue that the facts are not proved, but hypothetically, even if the facts were to be proved, they wouldn’t rise to the level of a crime or in this case an impeachable offense. So, it is not an acknowledgment in any way by anyone on the legal team that the president did anything wrong, that is just not how that brief could possibly be read.”

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Regarding his title of “constitutional representative” rather than formally a legal team member or lawyer, Dershowitz told Ingraham his role is similar to the capacity in which he served during the O.J. Simpson case.

“My role is to present the constitutional argument — I am not meeting with the team on strategic issues. I am not involved in whether witnesses should be called, or whether facts should be alleged,” he said. “My argument is limited.”

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Reporter’s Notebook: Scenes from inside the opening of Trump’s impeachment trial

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The Senate chamber was particularly quiet as each senator’s name was called up to sign the impeachment trial “oath book.”

One exception was Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who was having a robust conversation with Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as they sat together in the back of the chamber at their wooden desks.

All senators were present for this rare moment in history, except for GOP Sen. James Inhofe, who was in his home state of Oklahoma helping a family member with a medical issue.

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It wasn’t a typical day in the Senate. Chief Justice John Roberts was presiding. Senators had to take a special oath and were required to stay in their seats.

The press were subjected to additional access restrictions at the Capitol and required new press badges to be present. A special yellow ticket was also needed to enter the press gallery and watch Day One of the impeachment trial of President Trump.

Senators were banned from bringing electronic devices and cell phones to their seats. That left a unique situation for those in the gallery staring down at this fishbowl moment in history.

First, senators solemnly stood and raised their right hand and pledged “impartial justice” in the trial of the president. Afterward, the senators were called up to affirm their oath by signing their names.

As aides with clipboards ushered the senators to sign the “oath book,” the vibe on either side of the Senate was different.

The Democrats seemed like astute students in the classroom ready to learn. Many had paperwork covering their wooden desks, notepads and pens out. Some were already jotting down notes.

On the GOP side, their wooden desks were largely bare. Some sat stiffly like they were prisoners to a process they believe shouldn’t be happening at all.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Sen James Lankford, R-Okla., were GOP exceptions, and both were spotted taking notes.

At one point, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was reading a book that a Cruz aide identified as the Constitution. Cassidy had a book on Senate procedures at his desk, open to the section on impeachment.

An aide later said Cassidy and Perdue were discussing the Prevent Government Shutdown Act and ways to reform the budgeting process. But largely senators only spoke in soft murmurs as they shared an exchange with their neighbor as the name-signing procession continued.

The biggest outfit stunner was Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who wore a bright red v-neck cocktail dress with a cape. The Arizona Democrat channeled a superwoman vibe for the momentous occasion in a normally buttoned-up Capitol.

For such a big day in the Senate, attendance never reached capacity. Though not all sections are open to the public, there were roughly a couple hundred seats vacant. One notable guest in the senators’ family section was Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

For his part, Sanders sat with a pen in hand ready to take notes at the trial opening. When it was his turn to sign the oath book, he greeted Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., with a handshake.

All the 2020 White House hopefuls left their campaigns to be jurors.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., walked so quickly and purposefully to sign the oath book, that she almost collided with Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., when he stopped in front of her in line. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a moderate who has preached on the presidential campaign trail about her ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, made a beeline for the GOP side of the aisle after the Senate trial adjourned. She had a conversation with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee.

Klobuchar, a daughter of a journalist, earlier this week expressed concerns about the severe press restrictions during impeachment and said she had raised the issue with Blunt.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sat next to each other without notes or paperwork on their desks. The two moderates are often partners when they break with their party on some thorny issues. Democrats are counting on them to be the two of the four senators they need to vote in favor of allowing witnesses and documents into the trial.

Collins said Thursday she’s inclined to support a motion to call witnesses after the first phase of the trial is complete.

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The Senate trial adjourned until Tuesday. Senate Democrats told reporters afterward they hoped the solemnity and gravity of the occasion would shake loose some more Republican votes over the weekend.

“We should have a trial — not a cover-up — that features documents, evidence (and) witnesses, rather than a historic sham that fails to meet the moment,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said.

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Former Clinton impeachment manager: Senate Dems want witnesses because House ‘did not do its job’

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Bob Barr, who served as a House manager in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, said Democrats want to call witnesses and are pushing for additional evidence to be presented in Trump’s impeachment trial because the House of Representatives “did not do its job.”

“Back in 1999 the Senate made very clear to us that they were not interested in handling this at all,” the former Georgia congressman said Thursdsay on “America’s Newsroom,” minutes before the Senate formally received the articles of impeachment,

“This time around there does seem to be more interest on the part of the Democrats to extend the trial and the evidence and the witnesses because the House did not do its job. It did not present a full, robust case, so the Democrat senators now realize that they better do that and that’s why they’re pushing so hard for witnesses and additional evidence,” Barr continued.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL BEGINS AS ARTICLES FORMALLY PRESENTED TO SENATE

Shortly after Barr made the statements on “America’s Newsroom,” House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving led a procession of Democratic “managers” across the Capitol and the upper chamber formally received the two articles of impeachment against Trump for charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his dealings with Ukraine.

The proceedings marked the formal start of the Trump impeachment trial a day after the House transmitted the articles of impeachment to the Senate following one month of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withholding the articles.

Barr weighed in on the one-month delay, acknowledging the House had been dillydallying, something that he said did not happen when he was an impeachment manager more than two decades ago.

“We have certainly seen it now in the weeks that have gone by between the House passage of the two articles of impeachment and finally appointing House managers and conveying the articles over to the Senate,” Barr said. “That is not something that we did or even considered back in 1998 and in 1999.”

“We believed at the time that precedent and good procedure required that as soon as the House took action, we would then move to appoint the managers and send it over to the Senate,” he continued. “We didn’t wait around for public opinion to shift or for new evidence to come forward, we went over there right away so that the Senate could start its work.”

PELOSI ANNOUNCES HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS TO PROSECUTE CASE AGAINST TRUMP

Barr also said he expects Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has not yet revealed the rules governing the process, to mirror the procedures during the Clinton impeachment trial.

“By everything I’ve seen so far he seems to be moving in the direction of mirroring the procedures in 1999, which was to have a bifurcated trial,” Barr said.

“You have arguments first, some questions, and then the House, the Senate decides if they want witnesses.”

Barr said McConnell could choose to avoid a “procedural mess” by allowing the Senate Judiciary Committee to handle the impeachment case, adding that Senate rules allow for such a move.

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“Under Senate rules, a committee of the Senate has the power to call witnesses and take testimony without any additional votes on the part of the Senate. So that would be a way to shift the venue so we don’t take up all of the time of the Senate and they don’t have to deal with all of the messes involved,” he added.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Rep. Matt Gaetz says Russia probe will ‘erode’ credibility of House impeachment managers

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. has said the seven House lawmakers who will serve as impeachment managers to prosecute the case against President Trump in the Senate have lost their credibility due to their roles in the “failed” Russia investigation.

“I think you have to trace this back to the failures of the Russia probe, the statements Democrats made about bribery and extortion and all these things that were ultimately unproven,” Gaetz told Fox News’ Dave Anthony on Thursday’s “Fox News Rundown.”  “I think that will erode the credibility of the House managers as they continue to kind of sing the same tale that we’ve heard over and over.”

HOUSE TRANSMITS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO SENATE

The managers selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., include House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who will be the lead manager and who directed much of the impeachment inquiry out of his committee, and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., whose panel drafted the articles of impeachment.

Pelosi also tapped House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.; Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.; Val Demings, D-Fla.; Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas; and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.

Speaking to the heart of the case against Trump, Gaetz commented on the president’s effort to convince Ukraine to launch investigations the son of former Vice President Joe Biden during his July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump denies wrongdoing, while Democrats allege he abused the power of his office by making the launch of the investigations a condition for Ukraine to receive military aid.

“The President’s call with President Zelensky was perfect,” Gaetz said. “He was making sure that U.S. involvement in Ukraine would not be subject to corruption.”

Gaetz also defended his decision to break ranks with most of his GOP colleagues last week and vote with most House Democrats on a War Powers Resolution curbing Trump‘s power to order military action against Iran — despite his praise for Trump’s Iran strategy.

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“This isn’t about President Trump. This is about the role of Congress, no matter who the President is, in stepping up to the plate and casting our lot one way or the other,” Gaetz explained. “The way I look at it, if my constituents have the courage to go and fight and die in these wars, then we ought to have the courage to vote for them or against them.”

Gaetz, one of Trump’s closest allies in the House, explained his support for the resolution was not meant to reflect negatively on the president.

“President Trump’s Iran strategy is working. It has been brilliant,” he said. “The crippling economic sanctions have really, I think, put the regime to a series of decision points. They have failed on those decision points.”

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Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: Trump impeachment trial should be postponed until House finishes investigation

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Two things happened simultaneously on Wednesday: (a) The House of Representatives transmitted to the Senate two articles of impeachment approved on straight partisan lines a month ago, and (b) the House’s impeachment inquiry — yes, it’s still very much alive — highlighted new, relevant evidence it has turned up about the activities in Ukraine of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and Giuliani’s associates.

The Democrats’ strategy is coming clear.

The House provided the Senate with two half-baked impeachment articles. House Democrats rushed through the investigation, forgoing salient witnesses and evidence, because of the political calendar.

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The charges are weak and the inquiry was needlessly short-circuited, so Democrats have continued investigating the premature allegations. Now they are publicly disclosing newly acquired evidence, with the promise of more to come. Transparently, their goal is to pressure the Senate not merely to conduct a trial but to complete the investigation that the House failed to complete — calling witnesses and gathering evidence, as if a trial were nothing more than an extension of an open-ended grand jury probe.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans should not let them get away with it. No trial court would allow itself to be whipsawed this way. A federal judge would tell prosecutors to go back to the grand jury, finish the investigation, and come back to the trial court when they have a case ready to be tried, not investigated.

That is not to say new evidence may not be serious. It may be very serious. It could make the case worse for President Trump. But in any event, there should be just one trial, and it should occur when the investigation is complete.

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This is not supposed to be a non-stop grand jury, with an ever-hovering prospect of new articles of impeachment, in addition to an endless stream of newly emerging materials that the Senate is expected to sort out rather than judge.

Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans should hold the two pending articles in abeyance, or vote to dismiss them without prejudice to the House’s re-voting them when its impeachment inquiry is finally concluded.

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Napolitano: Some Democrats’ patience is ‘wearing thin’ with Pelosi’s impeachment delay

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Some Democrats are getting fed up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withholding articles of impeachment from the Senate, and want to “move on” to a trial, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday.

Pelosi signaled to congressional Democrats late Tuesday that she plans to continue to hold on to articles of impeachment against President Trump — for now — demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., first release the resolution outlining the terms for a Senate trial.

In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated she would not transmit impeachment articles to the Senate until McConnell moves to “immediately publish” the resolution while accusing him of making “misleading claims” about past impeachment processes to “justify” Republican plans.

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Napolitano, a Fox News senior judicial analyst, said House rules allow Pelosi to potentially “sit on” the impeachment articles until January of 2021, though he believes party leaders will increasingly urge her to end the stalemate.

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“I think patience is wearing thin even from some Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein comes to mind. I think somebody is going to start saying to Mrs. Pelosi: ‘Let’s move on with this,'” he said.

“The longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” Feinstein told Politico.

McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to start an impeachment trial even without an agreement on potential witnesses – once the chamber receives the articles from the House. The vote would kick off “Phase One” of Trump’s impeachment trial, while the contentious issue of witnesses would come up after the trial is underway, McConnell said.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, McConnell said the House cannot “invent a sort of pretrial hostage negotiation” which would allow the House “to run the show over here in the Senate.”

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Napolitano said he believes Pelosi and Senate Democrats want a commitment from McConnell that former National Security Adviser John Bolton will testify at the trial. He said Pelosi wants “live, unrehearsed testimony” from Bolton and that Democrats believe it will prompt others to corroborate his story and bolster the impeachment case.

Napolitano agreed that if Democrats wanted to hear from Bolton, he should have been subpoenaed during the House proceedings.

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Kaepernick, ‘Squad’ members targeted in ad by Alabama Republican looking to defeat Sessions, Jones for Senate seat

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Outspoken ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick and  Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and other far-left “Squad” members all repeatedly make a mockery of veterans and are tearing the U.S. apart.

That’s according to U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, an Alabama Republican who’s hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Doug Jones come November.

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Byrne also makes his message personal in a new campaign ad released Monday by referencing his brother Dale Byrne, an Army veteran who died in 2013 of a heart attack following a lengthy respiratory illness that family members claim he contracted while deployed in the Middle East.

“When the towers fell, I knew my brother would be going to war. Dale was a true patriot. I can’t bring him back. I miss him every day,” Bradley Byrne tells the camera while seated in front of a campfire outside his family’s farmhouse in north Baldwin County where he and his brother grew up.

“It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11. Entitled athletes dishonoring our flag. The Squad attacking America,” he continues while images of Kaepernick, Omar and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., flash over the campfire flames.

“It hurts me to hear Ilhan Omar cheapening 9/11. Entitled athletes dishonoring our flag. The Squad attacking America.”

— U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, candidate for U.S. Senate seat

“Dale fought for that right,” a visibly emotional Byrne says, “but I will not let them tear our country apart.”

“That’s why I’m running for U.S. Senate,” he concludes.

Kaepernick previously faced a wave of backlash after he claimed to protest systemic racism by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games before completed his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Meanwhile, the four members of the Democratic “Squad” of freshman congresswomen frequently clash with President Trump, as well as their own party’s establishment, making headlines last year for a war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who spoke of them in dismissive terms. Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib recently drew criticism from veterans and others after accusing President Trump of committing “war crimes” for ordering the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and other military officials last week.

Byrne will compete against former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and five others for the GOP nomination in this year’s Senate race. They’re all vying to take on Jones — who is considered the most endangered Democrat in the U.S. Senate because he represents a usually reliably red state.

Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a 2017 special election to fill the Senate vacancy created when Sessions joined the Trump administration. He’s the first Democrat to represent Alabama in the Senate since 1997.

In a December interview, Jones brushed off concerns that a vote to remove President Trump from office would doom his chances of reelection in 2020.

The GOP primary in Alabama is scheduled for March 3, AL.com reported.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Gowdy: Pro-impeachment Rep. Al Green a ‘gift from God’ to Trump, Republicans

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Former congressman Trey Gowdy described Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, as a “gift from God” after the Houston lawmaker’s most recent comments about President Trump and impeachment.

“We should buy him [air]time during the Super Bowl so he just keeps talking,” Gowdy told host Ed Henry on “The Story” Thursday.

In his latest interview, Green told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that the “genesis of impeachment” was Trump’s 2016 run for the White House itself, rather than any action taken by Trump while in office. Henry noted that Hayes even appeared to try to coax Green into agreeing that impeachment was a purely apolitical exercise.

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Gowdy said Green is no stranger to impeachment discussions, having been one of the earliest Democrats to put articles before the House.

In December 2017, Green tried to have the president impeached for allegedly “associating the majesty of and the dignity of the presidency with causes rooted in white supremacy, bigotry, racism … or neo-Nazism.

“Donald John Trump has with his statements done more than insult individuals and groups of Americans, he has harmed the society of the United States, brought shame and dishonor to the office of President of the United States, sowing discord among the people of the United States,” Green wrote in his articles.

In 2018, Green again forwarded impeachment articles, this time decrying the so-called “Muslim ban,” invoking the Gettysburg Address and accusing Trump of “bigotry.”

On “The Story,” Gowdy further chronicled Green’s public statements in support of impeaching Trump.

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“He said the president should be impeached because he’s fearful he may win again in 2020, so I always thought this movement began during the inaugural address,” he remarked. “I thank Al for helping me better understand that actually running for office is an impeachable offense.”

“I give him high marks for honesty,” Gowdy added. “Not high marks for following the Democrat talking points.”

Gowdy also theorized that Democrats’ impeachment push is more about winning the Senate in November than winning back the White House or strengthening their majority in the House of Representatives.

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“If [Trump] doesn’t have the Senate, he’s essentially a neutered president,” said Gowdy, who noted that a Democrat-controlled Senate is unlikely to confirm any of Trump’s Cabinet picks or nominees for the federal bench in the president’s potential second term. “I always thought this was much more about the Senate than it is about removing him [Trump] from office because that ain’t going to happen,”

Gowdy pointed out that several Senate Republicans are up for reelection in swing states this year, naming Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine, Martha McSally of Arizona, and Thom Tillis of North Carolina.

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Rove: 2020 Dems should recuse themselves from Trump impeachment trial for ‘bias’

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Karl Rove called for 2020 Democratic candidates to recuse themselves from President Trump‘s looming impeachment trial, saying their “bias” would make them “incapable of serving on the jury” in a fair capacity.

His remarks come after Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., questioned House Majority leader Mitch McConnell’s impartiality.

“Every Democrat member of the Senate who is running for president has already called for the president’s impeachment,” Rove said Sunday on America’s News HQ.

“Mr. Booker himself, a little hypocritical, has already said months and months ago ‘impeach President Trump.’ When are we going to hear Booker denounce himself and denounce [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren, and denounce [Sen. Bernie] Sanders, and denounce [Sen.] Kamalah Harris and denounce Amy Klobuchar as being biased and incapable of serving on the jury?”

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The House voted to impeach Trump on Wednesday accusing him of crimes surrounding his efforts to pressure Ukraine to launch politically advantageous investigations. The request came after the administration had withheld millions in military aid to Ukraine, though Trump has denied any quid pro quo was at play.

“The jury will consist of Senate members who obviously have partisan backgrounds and partisan views…some of whom have been open and public about them,” Rove, who served as President George W. Bush’ White House chief of staff, added, “but the constitution assumes not that it’s an impartial jury of one’s peers, it assumes it’s of the United States.”

Despite Trump’s call for an immediate trial, House Speaker Nany Pelosi, D-Calif., has not yet transmitted the articles of impeachment to the GOP-controlled Senate, indicating that she does not intend to move to the next step in the process until Republicans provide details of their plans for witnesses and testimony.

“The longer this goes on, the more she [Pelosi] tries to play this game, I think it makes them look even more partisan, even more petty, and even more political.”

— Karl Rove

“The longer this goes on, and the more she [Pelosi] tries to play this game, I think it makes them [House Democrats] look even more partisan, even more petty, and even more political,” Rove said at an earlier point of the interview.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. D-N.Y., have been at an impasse over the issue, leaving open the possibility of a protracted delay until the articles are delivered.

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McConnell has all but promised an easy acquittal of the president. McConnell appears to have united Republicans behind an approach that would begin the trial with presentations and arguments, lasting perhaps two weeks, before he attempts to draw the proceedings to a close.

In response, Pelosi and Schumer are demanding that the Senate call on trial witnesses who refused to appear during House committee hearings, including acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Mike Davis: House Democrats pursue Trump impeachment while president, Senate GOP transform federal judiciary

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While House Democrats pursue their partisan impeachment charade, the Senate Republicans confirmed Donald Trump’s 50th circuit judge last week — helping the president continue to shatter the all-time record for the number of critically important federal circuit judges appointed at this point in any prior presidency.

To put that number in context, President Barack Obama appointed 55 federal circuit judges during the entirety of his eight-year presidency; Trump has almost matched that in just three years. In doing this, the president has already appointed 25 percent of all active federal circuit judges around the country.

The two newest federal circuit judges are Patrick Bumatay and Lawrence VanDyke, who won Senate confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit over ferocious opposition by Senate Democrats and their left-wing allies.

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Bumatay previously served as a federal prosecutor, fighting illegal immigration, drug cartels, and other serious crimes on the southern border in Southern California. He also served as a top attorney in the Justice Department, playing an important role in the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Bumatay graduated from Yale and Harvard Law, before clerking on the Tenth Circuit and then on a key federal district court in New York.

The Democrats and their left-wing allies have a long and well-documented pattern and practice of unfairly attacking conservative minority nominees – and they made no exception for Bumatay, who happens to be an openly gay Filipino. When Democrats claim they want more “diversity” on the federal bench, they really mean “liberal-judicial activists.”

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Judge Lawrence VanDyke brings a wealth of legal experience to the position. He too graduated from Harvard Law, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked on the prestigious D.C. Circuit for Judge Janice Rogers Brown, an African American conservative women (again) appointed over fierce Democrat opposition. VanDyke is the only person to have ever served as the state solicitor general – the top appellate attorney – for two different states. He’s had 24 federal appellate arguments and served as counsel of record for 39 Supreme Court briefs.

VanDyke is unquestionably qualified to serve on the Ninth Circuit. Yet, the liberal American Bar Association (inexplicably) claimed that he was “not qualified” to serve, a political drive-by shooting timed on the eve as his confirmation hearing. As the Article III Project (A3P) research has shown, the ABA violated its own rules during VanDyke’s evaluation. Thankfully, the Senate Republicans did not simply hand over their constitutional advice-and-consent duties to the ABA. The political drive-by shooting backfired and now VanDyke has a lifetime appointment.

Trump has already “flipped” the Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits from a majority of Democrat-appointed judges to a majority of Republican appointees. 

There are 29 active circuit judges on the once-out-of-whack Ninth Circuit. With the confirmations of Bumatay and VanDyke, Trump has appointed 10 of those 29. When Trump took office, the Democrat-appointed judges on the Ninth Circuit outnumbered the Republican appointees by 11. Now, that number is down to just three. And when Trump wins re-election, he could actually “flip” the Ninth Circuit – something thought nearly impossible before his presidency.

And Trump has already “flipped” the Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits from a majority of Democrat-appointed judges to a majority of Republican appointees.

The Trump transformation of the federal judiciary extends to all levels. With the appointments of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, Trump saved the Supreme Court from being overtaken by liberal-judicial activists appointed by a President Hillary Clinton. And at 174 Article III judges, so far, the president has appointed more than all but one of his predecessors at this point in his presidency.

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The judges appointed by Trump are younger and more qualified than the previous administrations’ picks. Don’t simply take my word for it; left-wing legal commentator Ian Milliser recently wrote extensively on the topic.

Long after Trump retires to Mar-a-Lago, these judges will continue interpreting the law as written (textualism) and commonly understood at the time of the law’s enactment (originalism) — not how they wish the law was written. Promises made, promises kept.

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