A number of Republican senators are trying a variety of ways to force the impeachment trial of Donald Trump to get underway or else be dismissed as Democrats continue stonewalling; plus, more of today’s top headlines in conservative politics.
Senate has the votes to block Democrats witness demands in the impeachment trial
The Republican majority in the Senate has enough votes to block the witness demands by Democrats in the Trump impeachment trial.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is maintaining the position that the Senate should follow the precedent set by the 1999 impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton and defer the calling additional witnesses until later in the process.
In the 1999 trial, subpoenaing additional witnesses and documents came after the trial was already underway.
Moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) are in favor of following the 1999 precedent.
“The process moved to a period during which the Senate debated and voted that three witnesses should be deposed,” Collins said in a statement. “I believe that this process — the Clinton approach — worked well.”
“I think we need to do what they did the last time they did this unfortunate process and that was to go through a first phase and then they reassessed after that,” Murkowski told reporters.
Two Senators introduce a resolution to dismiss impeachment
A pair of senators introduced a resolution yesterday to update the Senate rules to allow a motion to dismiss the articles of impeachment against President Trump over a lack of prosecution. The resolution was introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Josh Hawley (R-MO).
In a press release, Cotton said the introduction of the resolution was a response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “unprecedented attempt to prevent an impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate.”
Haley: Democrats only ones mourning the death of Iranian General
Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that Democratic leaders and 2020 presidential candidates are “the only ones mourning” the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
“I’ll tell you this: You don’t see anyone standing up for Iran,” Haley said during an interview. “You’re not hearing any of the Gulf members, you’re not hearing China, you’re not hearing Russia.”
“The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates,” Haley said.
Iran vows to inflict “historic nightmare” on the United States for general’s killing
Iran says it is evaluating thirteen potential ways it could inflict a “historic nightmare” on the US for its killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.
“Even if the weakest of these scenarios gains a consensus, its implementation can be a historic nightmare for the Americans,” the head of Iran’s National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani said. “For now, for intelligence reasons, we cannot provide more information to the media.”