On CNN Saturday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and Republican strategist Doug Heye clashed after the latter suggested Democrats should value their re-election over holding President Donald Trump accountable for wrongdoing.
“We have to remember, this is not a trial as we think of trials in courtroom,” said Heye. “This is a political process. It is designed to be a political process, and that’s why this whole process is played out the way that it has so far. I would say to Maria, the Republicans aren’t spending money to shore up Republicans per se. They’re spending money to go after vulnerable Democrats who are going home and then coming back and telling Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership, I’m getting killed back home.”
“Nancy Pelosi warned about this being a partisan process,” continued Heye. “She said she didn’t want it to be. It sure is going to be, and as the that’s one of the reasons why censure is the better way to move forward.”
“Doug, you’re right. This is not a slam dunk by Democrats by any means,” said Cardona. “Many Democrats are going to be very nervous and there may be some who will lose their seats over this. But there might not be. And what you see over and over again is that even those Democrats who are in districts that Trump won and that they took over in 2018, they are the same Democrats who came out to say to Nancy Pelosi, it’s time. It is time to impeach this president because the overwhelming evidence and facts that this president put our national security at risk is more important than politics.”
“And here’s where I think that so many Democrats are proud of our own Democrats, and where I think the American people will also say, look, here you have leaders who are putting the self-interests of the country before their own political self-interest, because they are worried about this president and the damage he is doing long-term to the national security of the country and to our elections,” continued Cardona fiercely. “It is bigger than just one seat in Congress. It is bigger than just the political viability of one person. And that is what Democrats are doing. They are putting their oaths of office in front of their own self-interest. That’s something the president should try once in a while.”
Legal analyst rips senators for ‘getting the vapors’ 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."