Fox News host Chris Wallace observed on Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had been forced to “back down” on impeachment trial rules that critics said were designed to cover up offenses committed by President Donald Trump.
In a surprise move Tuesday afternoon, McConnell made changes to two of the most controversial aspects of his trial rules.
Evidence will now be automatically entered into the record (unless a senator objects). The new rules also gives House impeachment managers an extra day to make their opening remarks.
“Why did they make this change at the very last minute?” Wallace asked during an appearance on Fox News. “Because, clearly, there were four Republicans senators — at least four — who were concerned about it, who said, ‘Why do we have to rush? Why do we have to do this until 1 in the morning. It makes us look bad.'”
“I think it’s fair to assume that the only reason Mitch McConnell backed down — and he did back down, which is very rare for him,” Wallace continued, “is because… there were at least four Republican senators who said, ‘Let’s soften this a little bit.'”
The veteran Fox News host said that it could be a sign that senators are open to having witnesses in the trial.
“It does indicate that the whole question of witnesses is more up for grabs than many of us thought,” Wallace stated. “It would seem to indicate that some moderate senators… are expressing concern. Just remember, Mitch McConnell is the majority leader but if he doesn’t have a majority, if the Democrats stand firm with 47 [senators] and then get four Republicans to jump over… then it’s Chuck Schumer who is really the majority leader.”
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Devin Nunes: Pandemic is a ‘great time to just go out’ to restaurants because you can ‘get in easily’
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) asserted on Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic is a perfect time to frequent gathering places like restaurants and pubs.
Nunes made the remarks during an appearance on the Fox News program Sunday Morning Futures with host Maria Bartiromo.
"What the American people need to understand is we need to stop panicking," Nunes advised. "There's no shortage of food in this country. People don't need to go to the store and fight over a bottle of water or toilet paper."
"We want you to buy food!" he continued. "There's a lot of concerns with the economy here because people are scared to go out. But I will just say, one of the things you can do if you're healthy, you and your family, it's a great time to just go out, go to a local restaurant."
Trump declares coronavirus ‘National Day of Prayer’ — and suggests looking to God for ‘protection’
The leader of the free world urged people to pray as he continues to receive harsh criticism for his response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
"It is my great honor to declare Sunday, March 15th as a National Day of Prayer," Trump tweeted.
"We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these," he argued.
"No matter where you may be, I encourage you to turn towards prayer in an act of faith. Together, we will easily PREVAIL!" he predicted.
Trump locks down all travel from Europe to the United States — except the UK
President Donald Trump began his address to the nation by saying that the "foreign virus" is being handled by the "best" people.
"This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history," he said.
He announced that the country was saved by blocking Chinese travel into the United States. The only reason the virus spread more in the United States, he said, is because European travels.
However, Trump said that it would not apply to the United Kingdom, but didn't explain why.
Trump said that he would prevent "surprise billing" from insurance and that his people are helping create the anti-viral medication needed to save lives.