A late-night vote by the Republican State Committee to censure Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) for voting to impeach Donald Trump went down to defeat with members upset with the retiring lawmaker having to settle instead for a strongly-worded rebuke.
With colleagues Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) both having been censured by their respective state parties, Toomey ducked the same fate because several members refused to weigh in.
According to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Committee members were given the choice of voting for a statement proposed by Chairman Lawrence Tabas that "strongly rebukes but does not censure Mr. Toomey, and a second statement that does censure him. The censure movement was blocked by a narrow 128-124 margin, with 13 abstentions, according to a source who had been briefed on the results."
The report goes on to note that some members hoped to avoid the whole ugly fight as a sign to voters that they are not in thrall of the unpopular Trump with "gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races on the horizon" in 2022.
Toomey isn't out of the woods entirely, with the report stating he may still be censured by smaller county GOP committees with one Republican lawmaker calling those threats a waste of time.
"Instead of wasting our time on this," stated Rep. Sue Helm, of Dauphin County. "I think we should be looking for a new and good candidate for when he (Toomey) isn't going to run in two years."
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Here are the biggest mistakes from Chauvin's lawyers today — other than paying expert $11,000 for testimony: experts
Barry Brodd, a former police officer and so-called "use-of-force expert," was paid $11,000 to say that Derek Chauvin's actions were "justified."
According to the New York Times and Washington Post, if Brodd seemed to be having a tough time saying the words "top" when asked about Derek Chauvin's positioning on George Floyd. As if it was a game of "charades," Brodd repeatedly didn't "understand" simple questions about where Chauvin was with respect to Floyd.
"Yeah, no," said trial attorney Katie Phang speaking to MSNBC's Joy Reid Tuesday evening. She went on to explain that Brodd was unlikable and that he and the defense ultimately failed during the proceedings. She went on to wonder why the defense team would use him when there are other more likable experts.
Brodd was called in as an expert witness in the Laquan McDonald trial as well, which Phang said he failed at too.
"What was really critical about this expert is that he was trying desperately to show in a very clinical way that use of force has to be done, you know, compliant with police procedures, et cetera," she went on. "The problem is the defense must assume that the jury is not paying attention because we heard from the actual guy, Lt. Johnny Mercil, who said that technique that Derek Chauvin used is not taught by the Minnesota PD. So, we already have the person who is actually in charge of everything, including the chief of police saying we don't condone this. We don't authorize this and the other critical mistake made by the defense was through this guy, Barry Brodd."
She went on to say that a "golden rule" of trials is never to ask the members of the jury to put themselves in the shoes of the defendant.
"That's a mistrial so what's critically wrong with this argument they're doing? If you ask the jurors any of these 12 jurors to put themselves in the shoes of Derek Chauvin, none are ever going to say what that cop did was reasonable, objectively, subjectively wasn't reasonable so that was a major mistake because none of those jurors will say that 9:29 on somebody without a pulse as something they would ever do as a reasonable officer. That was a critical problem," she said.
See the video below:
Why Barry Brodd was such a huge and expensive failure for the defense www.youtube.com
The Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police, sheriffs and national guard appear to be pushing back against protesters in the streets angry over another death at the hands of police. The protests have been largely peaceful, other than throwing water bottles at cops. Large fencing being set up and law enforcement, clad in full riot gear, with a police tank at the ready.
"You need to disburse and leave the area," police said over a loudspeaker an hour before the designated curfew. They said that the assembly is "unlawful" and are demanding that protesters and the media leave the scene.
It's the third night of unrest after police "accidentally" shot unarmed Daunte Wright. Pepper spray, flashbangs and a line of police surged forward toward into crowd of protesters, who carried umbrellas to protect themselves.
A soft blanket of snow fell, mixing with the smoke and anger in the crowd.
See a CNN report of the protests below:
Unrest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota www.youtube.com
On CNN Tuesday, analyst Gloria Borger tore into Sen. Marco Rubio for refusing to comment on the Matt Gaetz scandal to correspondent Manu Raju — and the Republican Party generally for seeming to take a vow of silence on the matter.
"There is this reporting from The New York Times about cooperation between this Gaetz associate, said to be cooperating with the Justice Department," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "Except for Congressman Adam Kinzinger, Republicans have been largely quiet when it comes to commenting on Gaetz's future. Nobody wants to weigh in on this. Marco Rubio, when asked whether he backs Gaetz, said, I don't know anything about the case. You can only keep that up for so long."
"Right," said Borger. "And look, I think when I hear Marco Rubio, it takes me back a few years to hearing Republicans over and over again say, oh, I didn't read that tweet by Donald Trump, I don't know much about this, I can't comment on it. The irony is that Matt Gaetz is not a popular person on Capitol Hill. They don't like him. But Donald Trump has been sort of tepid in response to the Gaetz thing, saying he's denying, denying and what is being played out is the Trump playbook that, effectively, Republicans learned you can deny anything until there is some disposition one way or another in the Justice Department case. So Republicans are hanging back."
"The only person who called the charges 'sickening' is Liz Cheney of Wyoming," added Borger, "and she wouldn't comment any further, but you'll recall that Gaetz went to her district to campaign against her after she said that Donald Trump should be out of office."
Gloria Borger on Marco Rubio's refusal to discuss Matt Gaetz scandal www.youtube.com
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