On Thursday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Chris Cuomo took Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) to task for voting against the very set of formal impeachment rules his party spent weeks demanding be passed.
“You guys wanted a vote, today you got a vote on the procedures and nobody voted for it,” said Cuomo. “Why even ask for a vote?”
“The problem with this resolution is it has the appearance of fairness without any actual fairness in it,” said Armstrong. “I’ve been a part of this process since the first day I got in Congress and I can tell you I’ve never seen anything that has made a determination before the trial has happened in any way, shape or form that quite relates to this.”
“What determination has been made?” asked Cuomo.
“The first media interview I got asked about impeachment on January 3, and I said there’s absolutely no chance they can’t do it,” said Armstrong. “I’ve been in Congress since January and I knew that the day I walked in the door. We started with Michael Cohen, walked through the Mueller report, Russia conspiracy, Russia conspiracy, we had concrete evidence of Russia conspiracy from the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. That proved not to be anything and then we moved into Mueller, and when the president wins re-election and if we don’t take back the House, we’ll start again.”
“You’re making this sound like it’s in a vacuum,” Cuomo shot back. “One of the president’s lawyers is sitting in jail, the other has two investigations, a criminal and a counterintelligence investigation going on into him, and he had indictments and people put in jail for other reasons that were in the campaign. It’s not like nothing came out it, and we’re not even listing the ten potential counts of obstruction. So I wouldn’t call it a nothingburger exactly. Dealing with Ukraine, what do you think was done today that hasn’t been the standard in impeachments past?”
“I spent ten years in a courtroom and six years running a committee in the state Judiciary Committee,” said Armstrong. “We would never, ever treat witnesses this way, have questions this way, when you’re the prosecutor and the judge and the overruling. I want to make a couple things clear. When we equate this to a grand jury or a special investigation, let’s be honest. If there were this many leaks, somebody would be in jail.”
“When Congress [impeached] Clinton, you guys were in charge then and you did it exactly this way,” countered Cuomo. “In fact, all of the different operations of process that were put into this resolution were created by Republican majorities. This is the way it was done in the past, it’s the way your party wanted it. Why all this hue and cry now about it being so unfair?”
“If this comes out and they give everybody due process when this comes out, call me really skeptical about that happening, then we’ll see how this goes,” said Armstrong.
Legal analyst rips senators for ‘getting the vapers’ and using Schiff ‘being mean’ as an excuse to vote against witnesses
Senators are already trying to come up with an excuse not to support calling witnesses for the impeachment trial and CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin thinks they found it.
According to CNN's Manu Raju, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) freaked out about a CBS News report cited by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that a Trump confidant said if the Republicans vote against Trump their "head will be in a pike."
Susan Collins denies CBS report that a Trump friend threatened Republicans’ heads ‘will be on a pike’
CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president's threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.
“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," the Trump confidant said.
According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.
CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff's quote of the story during the trial.
"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.
Here’s why Trump and McConnell can’t hold up impeachment witnesses during the Senate trial: Ex-special counsel
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been threatening senators that if they voted for witnesses to appear and be questioned, then it would turn the impeachment into an overwhelmingly long and drawn-out process. It's an argument that President Donald Trump's legal team has also argued. The problem is that it is legally incorrect, according to a former special counsel to the Defense Department.
In a panel discussion with CNN, Ryan Goodman said that there's no legal basis for this claim.
"In fact, the Senate can decide the matter and it wouldn't be litigated," Goodman explained. "If the Senate decided to issue the subpoenas and the Chief Justice, in fact, sent those subpoenas, it would be the final word. There's a Supreme Court case about this, Nixon v. United States, Judge Nixon, which said the Senate sets the rules and the courts review it. So, it's not like it will be litigated in a way. They are the final word."