For the full column on each of these on the impeachment trial, follow the links embedded in the headlines.

What Pelosi gained by delaying the Senate trial (Jan. 20). Thanks to the delay, her impeachment managers will be [were] far better prepared and will enjoy greater chances of calling key witnesses. …

Why McConell’s ‘deposition’ requirement is wrongheaded (Jan. 22).  Item by item, the impeachment trial rules enacted by Senate Republicans are blatantly unfair to the public interest, but one rule in particular deserves more criticism than it yet has received.

Even after stacking the deck against calling any witnesses in the first place, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasn’t satisfied. His rules provide that even if, after what amounts to nearly a week of this trial, senators do vote to allow witnesses, those witnesses must first be “deposed” outside the Senate chamber and then senators must vote again before hearing them as live witnesses.

Except under unusual circumstances in which both sides agree to this deposition requirement, the rule is procedurally inane….

Hakeem Jeffries explains anti-Trump case in two minutes (Jan. 22). In a day full of solid evidence presented by Democrats in the Senate impeachment trial, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York provided the most powerful, concise, two-minute summary of the whole controversy of the past four months.

His summation occurs beginning at the 2:04 mark in this video. Please click the link and watch it. It makes the whole thing clear.

“We are here, sir, because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain. We are here, sir, because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy. We are here, sir, because President Trump withheld $391 million in military aid from a vulnerable Ukraine without justification in a manner that has been deemed unlawful….”


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