Tag: McConnell, Mitch

Mr. Bolton’s Thunderbolt

It’s just possible that common sense and reality have a shot at prying open the doors to the Senate chamber after all. After claiming that it’s perfectly reasonable to put a United States president on trial without hearing from any witnesses, a few Republican senators are showing signs of recognizing that the truth matters. Or, […]

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John Roberts Can Call Witnesses to Trump’s Trial. Will He?

An overwhelming number of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, believe the Senate should hear from relevant witnesses and obtain documents during President Trump’s impeachment trial. Striking new revelations about the president’s role in the Ukraine affair, as reported from an unpublished manuscript by John Bolton, underscore the need for his testimony and that of […]

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Notorious D.J.T. on Trial

Republicans know very well who they are. That’s why it was such a juicy moment when Hakeem Jeffries, the congressman from Brooklyn and Democratic impeachment manager, quoted a lyric by fellow B-town native son Biggie Smalls to rebut Jay Sekulow when the president’s lawyer disingenuously wondered, “Why are we here?” Referring to the Democrats’ crystal-clear […]

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Day 4 of Trump’s Trial: The Case for Obstruction

Friday was crunch time for the House managers in the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Trump. It was their third and final day of opening arguments — which, to review, in most trials would be merely the start of their case. But in these jury-rigged proceedings, run by a Republican Senate leadership keen to block […]

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Trump Versus George Washington

Wow, Adam Schiff did a great job in Marathon Impeachment. Schiff, one of the managers the House sent to handle the impeachment trial in the Senate, has been the rock star of the proceedings. (O.K., suggesting this is a rocking experience would be … overstatement. But you get the idea.) On Wednesday, Schiff spoke for […]

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McConnell Prefers to Hold ’Em, but Also Knows When to Fold ’Em

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell never backs down — unless he has to. Facing a rare revolt from a wide selection of Senate Republicans this week over the rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, Mr. McConnell swiftly surrendered. Having written the rules mainly in secret, keeping the final text from even many of his fellow […]

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What if Trump Gave Alaska to Putin?

Let’s not dismiss the Senate impeachment trial as a “kangaroo court.” That’s an insult to kangaroos, who lately have been suffering enough. President Trump and Senate Republican leaders seem to be planning a rushed, sham trial with no witnesses and limited evidence. This reminds me of a trial I once monitored of a Chinese journalist […]

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Impeachment Trial Schedule Explained

WASHINGTON — With the adoption early Wednesday morning of the ground rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate prepared to plunge forward over the next week with oral arguments, questions from senators and consequential votes on whether to admit new evidence. The trial could be over in two weeks, or it could stretch on […]

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The Moderates’ Impeachment Moment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher After nearly 12 hours of vicious debate, the Senate voted early Wednesday to adopt the rules that will govern the rest of the impeachment trial. But in a Republican-controlled chamber, why weren’t they the rules that Senator […]

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Trump Impeachment: A Quill-and-Ink Process Enters the Digital Age

Viewed from one angle, the first day of the Senate trial of President Donald J. Trump was a plain affair. Or I should say, viewed from two angles — the two provided by the official congressional cameras, one trained tight on the speakers’ stand, one providing a static wide shot. This was by design: The […]

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Day 1: The Rules of Engagement

The opening day of the impeachment trial of President Trump was a Senate fight over the rule book. The Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, blazed into the session on Tuesday spoiling for battle over a procedural map put forward Monday night by his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell. In keeping with Mr. McConnell’s preference […]

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Republicans Block Subpoenas for New Evidence as Impeachment Trial Begins

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans blocked Democrats’ efforts to subpoena documents related to the pressure campaign on Ukraine and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. In a series of party-line votes punctuated […]

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Partisan Rules Debate Rages as Senate Opens Trump Impeachment Trial

WASHINGTON — A divided Senate began the impeachment trial of President Trump on Tuesday in utter acrimony, as Republicans refused to commit to hearing from witnesses Democrats demanded and moderate Republicans forced last-minute changes to rules that had been tailored to the president’s wishes. The debate, convened just after 1 p.m. in a Senate chamber […]

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Debate Over the Rules for Trump’s Trial

To the Editor: Re “McConnell Plans for Senate Trial on a Speedy Pace” (front page, Jan. 21): In the Federalist Papers No. 65, Alexander Hamilton, talking about the reasoning behind giving the Senate the power to try impeachments, wrote: “Where else than in the Senate could have been found a tribunal sufficiently dignified, or sufficiently […]

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Impeachment Live Stream: Highlights and Takeaways

Here’s what you need to know: Video A debate is under way in the Senate over the ground rules the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, has proposed for President Trump’s trial.CreditCredit…Erin Schaff/The New York Times The Senate’s historic trial of President Trump begins in earnest with a bitter fight. The Senate convened shortly after 1 […]

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Ukraine Said No to Trump’s Political Hit Job. Will G.O.P. Senators Say Yes?

Senate Republicans are threatening to give President Trump what even a foreign government knew was inappropriate: the dirtying of a political rival. What an irony it would be if Mr. Trump’s impeachment trial itself yielded the very result for which he is being impeached: the corruption of America’s election integrity by the baseless denigration of […]

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A Challenge for the Trial: 100 Senators Who Love to Talk, Sitting in Silence

WASHINGTON — In the Senate, there are few things of more value to a lawmaker than the sound of his or her own voice. Inside the gilded chamber, senators vocalize their votes — calling out “aye” or “nay” — make speeches on all manner of subjects — meaty policy addresses, weekly odes to exemplary constituents, […]

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McConnell Impeachment Rules Modify Clinton Precedent

WASHINGTON — For weeks, Senator Mitch McConnell sought to deflect charges that he was trying to stack the deck in favor of President Trump in his impeachment trial by repeating that he was merely replicating the Senate’s only modern precedent: the 1999 trial of President Bill Clinton. “What was good enough for President Clinton in […]

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Lawmakers Clash Over Shape of Impeachment Trial as Rules Vote Looms

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats wrangled publicly on Sunday over the shape, scope and length of the Senate impeachment trial set to reconvene on Tuesday, clashing repeatedly over the time each side will have to present its case and whether additional witnesses should be called to testify. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic […]

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Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage

News coverage of President Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate began last week with a Republican senator calling a CNN reporter “a liberal hack” in the halls of Congress and laughing about it later that night during a Fox News interview. Things haven’t improved much since. Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on […]

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