On Thursday, members of the U.S. Senate were sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, pledging under oath to act as impartial jurors and to consider all the evidence fairly.
But barely hours after taking that oath, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) went on Fox News to trash the whole process, and once again make clear that he had already picked a side.
“[Democrats] turned the trial into a complete circus. You’re allowed to do that but not with my vote,” said Graham. “I’m going to judge the case on the evidence assembled by the House. I’m not going to expand the record. This Parnas thing, I smell a rat. It is a complete, neverending desire to destroy everything Donald Trump. I took Mueller seriously. I don’t take Schiff, Nadler seriously. And I don’t take Chuck Schumer seriously when he says he’s looking for the truth. He’s looking to get back, to be the Majority Leader, nothing more.”
Lev Parnas, the indicted business associate of Rudy Giuliani, has implicated Graham in the Ukraine scheme.
The Senator took an oath hours ago and he still has the audacity to appear on Fox News to announce his bias pic.twitter.com/KetEpaceXw
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) January 17, 2020
Judge Amy Jackson refuses to reschedule Roger Stone’s sentencing after he requests new trial
Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on Tuesday that Roger Stone's sentencing would move forward as scheduled even though he has requested a new trial.
Jackson made the ruling during a conference call with attorneys and prosectors.
The jusge indicated that she would rule on the request for a new trial at a later date. She said that Stone's sentence will not be executed until the new trial ruling has been made.
Attorneys for Stone have argued that the jury foreperson in his trial was biased against President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Roger Stone’s sentencing will still happen on Thursday despite the events of the last week or so, Judge Jackson says. @dsamuelsohn reporting
Ex-GOP lawmaker wrecks his party for letting Trump drive America into ‘financial ruin’
Former Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who also ran an ill-fated primary challenge against President Donald Trump, has written an op-ed for the New York Times in which he scolds his party for completely abandoning the mantra of fiscal responsibility that it repeated throughout former President Barack Obama's two terms in office.
Even though the GOP angrily attacked Obama and Democrats for passing a $700 billion economic stimulus program in the middle of the Great Recession, the party now seems to have no issue with Trump running up $1 trillion deficits during a period of economic growth.
Tennessee lawmaker files resolution to ‘congratulate’ Trump on impeachment acquittal
A Tennessee Republican lawmaker has filed a resolution in the state House to "congratulate" President Donald Trump on being acquitted in a Senate impeachment trial.
WCYB reported that Rep. Andy Holt introduced the resolution last week.
The resolution notes that both Tennessee senators -- Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander -- voted against removing the president from office.
Holt's measure also praises Trump for the economy, the 2028 Summer Olympics and 2026 World Cup.