29 January 2020

Keep Up the Pressure

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded yesterday to Republican Senators behind closed doors that he doesn't have the votes to block witnesses at Donald Trump's impeachment trial (details here).

Per the linked article: "McConnnell's statement, in a closed-door meeting of senators, was an acknowledgment of the extent to which revelations from Bolton have scrambled the trial's schedule and the desire for testimony. Bolton writes in a forthcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it helped with investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden. That assertion, if true, would undercut a key defense argument and go to the heart of one major article of impeachment against the president."

This is not cast in tablets of stone, however. McConnell is a slippery snake and could somehow whittle the number of willing Republicans below the necessary threshold.

That's why it's critical to keep up the pressure. Call your Senators again. Call them every day until the vote. Tweet them, email them, send them a fax. Senate contact information for every Senator can be found in my recent post here.

Reach out to them today and every day until the witness vote, which is now expected to be this Friday.

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