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Melania could walk away with $50 million and real estate if she dumps Trump: Manhattan divorce lawyer

Reacting to the way that Melania Trump quickly strolled away from husband Donald when they arrived in Florida after leaving the White House permanently, the managing partner of a Manhattan law firm said, if a divorce is imminent, the former first lady could walk away with millions.

According to the Mirror, speculation grew rampant about a post-election loss divorce after Melania paused briefly then walked away from the ex-president as he posed for photographers.

"If the former first lady stays in the marriage for a long time after leaving the White House she could renegotiate her prenup again to give her more, said New York divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman," the report states with attorney saying large sums of money, and even properties, might be involved.

According to the attorney who is the managing partner at the law firm of Berkman Bottger Newman & Rodd. the next twelve months will be worth watching.

"I am guessing that she will receive actual cash payments as well as properties. Should she move back to New York City, he will be providing housing for her, whether it means her retaining a property in her own name or that he will provide her with an apartment to live in, which he would own, until their son is emancipated, which is 21 in New York," she speculated based upon the results of Donald Trump's two previous divorces.

She then added, "She will also retain any assets that are currently in her own name as well. I would not be surprised if the amounts range between $20 million and $50 million."

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'Sad Trump apologist' Elise Stefanik buried in brutal new Lincoln Project ad

For the second time in a week, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) got the Lincoln Project treatment for still sticking up for Donald Trump's lies after he lost the 2020 election, saying she has flushed her once promising career away to become just another "sad Trump apologist."

Noting that she was the youngest woman elected to Congress and came in as a "compassionate conservative," the ad accused her of selling out so she can move to the top of the GOP leadership food chain.

"When Trump attacks women, she goes along smiling, " the voiceover reports. "When Trump encourages racists, she is silent."

An earlier Lincoln Project ad on Stefanik accused her of being complicit in the attempted Capitol "coup" on Jan. 6th.

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K-Pop fans ruin GOP's attempt to push #ImpeachBidenNow

An attempt by far-right conservatives to get #ImpeachBidenNow trending on Twitter went down in flames early Friday morning as fans of K-Pop took over the hashtag and buried it in a flood of pictures of their favorite stars and dance clips.

As Variety reported, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) -- a newly elected lawmaker with a penchant for conspiracy theories -- announced on Thursday that she has filed what will turn out to be an ill-fated bill to impeach President Joe Biden one day after he was inaugurated. As like-minded far-right extremists try to push #ImpeachBidenNow to the top of the trending chart, they ran into the K-Pop resistance, which hijacked the hashtag and ruined their plans.

As Variety noted, conservatives were previously defeated by the same crowd when they tried to get "#whitelivesmatter to trend months ago.

Below is a sampling of what conservatives might be exposing like-minded followers to if they share the hashtag.

New Jersey 'dating specialist' facing charges for storming Capitol after online boasts

According to a report from NBC News, a 32-year-old "dating and relationship strategist" from New Jersey has been charged with taking part in the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol after boasting about it -- and posting videos -- on his social media accounts.

Patrick Stedman has been charged with one count of unlawful entry of a restricted building and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds in a complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Stedman's downfall came about after comments he made online led friends from high school and college to report him to the FBI.

According to the report, "Classmates are 'one hundred percent' certain that the tweets from @Pat_Stedman were from Stedman, with one tipster telling the FBI they believed Stedman still lived with his parents. The tips said Stedman posted a video of him 'storming the Capital, then bragging about if after.'"

On one tweet he wrote, "I touched no one and destroyed zero property. Cops let us go through - thousands of us. Ever heard of citizen journalism?"

"Another tweet from Jan. 9 stated that those outside of the group of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol Building would have to 'kill us all,'" the report states before quoting Stedman writing, "Do your worst. We are armed and ready. Every one us you drop will convert another 5 to the cause. This is a revolution. Better give up now. We outnumber you and will outlast you."

As of Wednesday this week he was still claiming he did nothing wrong, saying in a podcast, "Which is why I'm not going to apologize for anything I've done over the last 10 months. Why would I apologize for it?"

According to the criminal complaint, the FBI was able to narrow down their search for Stedman by matching images with his driver's license photo to "with videos where Stedman introduced himself by name and discussed the details of being inside the Capitol, including sitting in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi."

As for his "dating and relationship business" and the emails he sends to his subscribers, on Wednesday Stedman tweeted, "Never felt so disconnected from the commentary. I know energy and something big doesn't pattern. Would feel bad if it did. Regardless will be taking this opportunity to unplug for a few days and focus on writing, lifting, and meditation. Sending 1 email a day. Keep the faith."

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'Fear of what Trump will do' if he runs again may 'tempt' GOP senators to vote for impeachment: report

While the Democratic leadership of the House and the Senate is working on a plan to present the articles of impeachment filed against Donald Trump to the U.S. Senate for a trial and vote, Republican senators are looking at the pluses and minus of abandoning their support of the former president.

With former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opening the door to possibly siding with the Democrats against the former president now residing down in Florida, the Guardian is reporting that there are a multitude of reasons for GOP lawmakers to follow suit including the dread of having Trump as the face of their party again.

As the Guardian's Tom McCarthy wrote, "If convicted, Trump could be banned from ever again holding public office. If not, Trump, who won the votes of 74 million Americans just two months ago, might simply run for president again in 2024," before conceding that it is highly unlikely 17 Republicans would vote to convict.

But, as he points out, the "political landscape" where Republicans reflexively supported the president has changed since the election and even more so before supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol and threatened lawmakers' lives.

"Disgust at the fatal sacking of the Capitol has only grown since 6 January, creating pressure on Republicans to condemn Trump, who appeared in person to speak to the mob before the attack and encouraged them to march on the building," he explained. "Some Republicans might be eager to condemn Trump for other reasons, blaming him for their loss of the Senate majority, which happened because Republican candidates lost two runoff elections in Georgia in January, in a huge double upset."

Add to that, at least six Republican members of the Senate have indicated they are eyeing a presidential run in 2024, and having the ex-president sidelined might be in their best interests.

According to the columnist, it is "unclear how many Republicans might follow McConnell if he indeed tips toward convicting Trump," after only 10 GOP House members voted in favor of Trump's second impeachment, but there is a powerful incentive for senators to convict the president who has already vowed to help oust incumbents who did not support him.

"Up for election only once every six years versus every other year for House members, senators are more insulated from political tides. Anger at how Trump has divided their party could tempt some Republicans toward banishing him, as could fear of what Trump will do if he is permitted to run for office again," McCarthy wrote.

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'Time isn’t on McConnell’s side': Ex-majority leader's new stalling tactic could blow up in his face

In a column for Bloomberg, longtime political observer Jonathan Bernstein questioned the recent tactics being employed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) now that he has lost control of the Senate, saying he is playing with fire with a Democratic Party that has grown tired of his games.

At issue is the former majority leader's demand that Democrats agree to not change the rules on the filibuster for the next two years -- which would limit their new powers -- without offering anything of value in return.

As Bernstein writes, "He's insisting that Democrats pledge to leave the legislative filibuster intact over the next two years, or else he won't let the resolution pass — and without it, the Senate's work won't get done, and the majority-party Democrats won't even be able to take over as chairs of Senate committees," which the columnist notes is not sitting well with Democratic lawmakers anxious to get going after four years of Trump.

As Congressional scholar Sarah Binder tweeted, "Democrats are highly unlikely to make such a commitment, even if McC sees the ploy as a clever way to split the Democrats. Even if Dems *did* agree, both parties know it's not a credible commitment."

Since Democrats could go back on their word if McConnell attempts his usual shenanigans, columnist Bernstein asked what McConnell is up to.

"Maybe McConnell simply sees an opportunity to slow the Senate down. He's already succeeded in delaying confirmation of President Joe Biden's cabinet-level nominees, and even if he surrenders soon it's a bit of a victory. At the expense, to be sure, of the ability of the nation's government to function, but McConnell may consider that a win, or at least not a cost," he wrote before adding that McConnell might see it as a way to unify a fractured Republican Party that just lost the Senate and the White House.

He then suggested that McConnell might want to have this fight now rather than later when a key piece of popular legislation is held up by Republicans.

"He'd rather have the fight on something voters don't care about than allow Democrats to pick a popular policy issue for the confrontation," he wrote before suggesting it may be a trap to get the Democrats to go "nuclear."

"Without the 60-vote requirement, and as long as Republicans stay united, measures that are unpopular in their states give Democrats an impossible choice: Vote no and anger their party, or vote yes and potentially alienate swing voters. To be sure, a majority-party-rules Senate would mean significant policy gains for Democrats, but McConnell may not care about that as much as he does making life difficult for Democrats in 2022," Bernstein suggested.

Writing, "The flaw in that logic is that Republicans don't actually have to use the filibuster to attempt to defeat popular measures; they could either support them or allow them to pass by majority vote," the columnist wrote. "Time isn't on McConnell's side," and Democrats may just ignore him and proceed on because they "want their gavels, and they aren't going to wait for them indefinitely."

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'Shut up, you are not special': Morning Joe rips GOP lawmakers whining they can't carry guns into Capitol

On Friday morning, "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough dropped the hammer on Republican lawmakers who have been attempting to carry firearms onto the floor of the House just weeks after far-right extremists stormed the Capitol at Donald Trump's urging, with the MSNBC host exclaiming, "Who the hell do they think they are?"

Reacting to a report that Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) was stopped by Capitol police after he was spotted with a gun on his hip as he tried to access the House floor to cast a vote, Scarborough noted the number of GOP lawmakers who are balking at walking through metal detectors -- a common occurrence for anyone who wants to fly.

"Really, the stupidity is just extraordinary," the MSNBC host began. "By the way, I'm speaking as somebody who has done this, somebody who made thousands and thousands of votes. I've been there and I voted. As long as Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump aren't trying to get Americans to kill Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence and commit insurrection against the United States of America."

"For this guy and for others to think they're going to be able to carry a gun onto the House floor when we have Republican members of Congress that have had fund-raising letters that show pictures of AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrats while the Republican is holding an AR-15, saying I'm coming to target these women or they better watch out, or something along those lines -- who the hell would be comfortable with anybody having a gun on the house floor?" he exclaimed.

"There are Democrats who can say that they have had their life threatened or they have reason to believe that they are being targeted by somebody carrying an AR-15 and sending it around saying I'm coming to get these members of Congress," he later added. "So please, please stop your whining, start getting wanded, and go in and just vote and shut up, you're not special!"

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QAnon followers targeted with new bill barring them from getting security clearances: report

In an interview with the Daily Beast, a Florida Democratic lawmaker explained that her concerns over the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists have led her to author a bill that will bar QAnon followers from receiving security clearances.

Following reports that multiple rioters have military or law enforcement backgrounds, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) -- who previously served in the Pentagon -- stepped up out of fears that followers of the movement based on outrageous conspiracy theories could work within the government to undermine it.

In an interview with the Beast, she stated, "What we discovered was that there was a shocking number of people involved in that insurrection who seemingly live normal lives, working in government and law enforcement and the military. It's really dangerous for individuals who hold these types of views to receive a security clearance and access to classified information… if any Americans participated in the Capitol attack, or if they subscribe to these dangerous anti-government views of QAnon, then they have no business being entrusted with our nation's secrets."

According to the report, Murphy -- who has previously worked across the aisle with Republicans -- is hoping they will support the bill.

"The legislation, titled the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021, requires applicants looking to obtain or renew their federal security clearances to disclose if they participated in the Jan. 6 rally in Washington—or another 'Stop the Steal' event—or if they 'knowingly engaged in activities conducted by an organization or movement that spreads conspiracy theories and false information about the U.S. government,'" the reports states, adding that the question would be added to the current questionnaire known as Standard Form 86.

According to the report, Murphy is well-aware that her legislation could impact newly-elected Republican Rep. Marjorie Talor Greene of Georgia who has been quite vocal about spouting several QAnon conspiracy theories.

"It is not lost on her that she is proposing this legislation when at least one colleague, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), was elected while having professed support for QAnon. Other Republicans have reportedly been linked to the organizers of the Jan. 6 rally," the report states.

"It's a privilege that's afforded to us through our position," she explained "But I think this privilege should have its limits. And I certainly hope that this starts a conversation about holding accountable those members of Congress who share these extreme views and potentially, barring them from accessing classified information, especially if they have previously participated in efforts to overthrow the government, or have been motivated by their belief in these conspiracies to harm the United States or any of our elected officials."

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Trump aides hid him from public during his final days because he was 'too volatile' to be around reporters: report

According to a report in the Washington Post, Donald Trump's last days as president ended with a whimper instead of a bang as he hunkered down in the White House, unable to tweet and being kept away from the press by worried aides.

For the president, who relished nothing more than standing before crowds and preening for his fans, when he wasn't battling with the press as he made his way across the South Lawn, the last two weeks have been a silent affair with the president issuing several video messages.

The president's last major appearance was the speech he gave at the "Stop the Steal" rally in Washington D.C., which culminated in a march on the U.S. Capitol that turned into a riot that left five dead, including a Capitol policeman.

According to the Post, "In the two weeks since the riot, Trump has been disinclined to convene a final Cabinet meeting or a final news conference or a final coronavirus briefing because such events would remind people of his impending exit, aides said. And the president instructed his staff not to bring media members in for ceremonial events, such as awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom or other accolades."

Aides had no problem following his orders since they were also worried what he might do or say in front of the press.

"Another reason Trump has not held public events in his final days: Aides feel he is too volatile to interact freely with reporters. Trump is 'just not in a place where they would go well,' according to a White House official," the report states with former Trump adviser Sam Nunberg lamenting the depths the president has fallen to in four years.

"This is a fiasco," Nunberg said. "Donald Trump used to scream at me all the time, 'You're very self-destructive.' But I see it in him as well. It didn't have to end this way. And I'm sympathetic. I feel badly for him. I'm not criticizing him."

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Biden urged to unleash DOJ on Trump for Capitol riot and election interference: report

According to a report at the Daily Beast, before he is even sworn in, President-elect Joe Biden is already facing increasing pressure to unleash the Department of Justice to investigate outgoing President Donald Trump for his part in instigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol that left five dead and attempting to interfere with the vote counts in Georgia.

Biden has previously stated that he wants to leave those decisions to the incoming Attorney General Merrick Garland -- if he is approved by the Senate -- but Democratic lawmakers and outside advocates are urging him to take a more active role to set an example that no one is above the law.

Despite thepledge from Biden, the Beast is reporting, "[that] hasn't stopped Democrats from urging that his incoming DOJ investigate and potentially prosecute the man who inspired an insurrection at the Capitol earlier this month. Interviews with leading activists, party members, legal scholars, and one vocal member of Congress reveal an emerging belief that the department should hold Trump criminally accountable for the violent riots and his attempt to sway the election in Georgia."

Making the case for investigations, Rahna Epting, executive director of MoveOn, stated, "I think back to when I'm in therapy. My therapist says: What's really important for healing is for the acknowledgment of the injury to have actually happened by the perpetrator. We need people to own up, we need people to admit to their lies. We need the truth to be known. Without that, healing is just repressing."

In an interview with the Beast, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said he would "lose confidence" in Biden if Trump were not investigated.

"The president made the Justice Department part of his inner circle. Joe has stated very clearly he will not tell the Justice Department what to do, but he will not shirk from his responsibility," he explained. "If he ignores that second point … then I'll probably lose confidence in him. When you're looking back and defending democracy, you're looking forward, you're thinking of our kids and grandkids. I see that as his responsibility."

The report goes on to note that some Democrats have felt squeamish about going after Trump, thinking it will look like partisan payback, but things changed after the storming of the Capitol by Trump-supporting far right-right extremists.

"The shock of the domestic terrorism, nonetheless, inspired some party officials to consider ways to encourage leaders to demand accountability, citing the need to reestablish a culture of consequences that will outlast Trump's time in office," the report states. "The former president has not offered any regret for cozying up to his old Attorney General Bill Barr and subsequently turning on him after he refused to engage in factless musings about national voter fraud."

You can read more here.

Watch Live: The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

At noon Eastern Time, former Vice President Joe Biden and former Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States, replacing Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence after four years.

According to the Telegraph, "President-elect Joe Biden, and vice-president elect Kamala Harris, begin their day by attending a church service at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle with their spouses and key Congressional leaders. The service begins at 8.45am (1:45pm GMT). Meanwhile, Donald Trump will hold a farewell ceremony for himself at 8am (1pm GMT) before flying to Florida. Biden and Harris will travel to the Capitol at 10.30am (3.30pm GMT) before the swearing-in ceremony begins at 11.15am (4:15pm GMT). Biden will be sworn in at noon (5pm GMT) and will deliver his inaugural address after that. From there, it's off to a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 2.25pm (7.45pm GMT) before the pair are escorted to the White House where Biden will start immediately signing Executive Orders, beginning the process of undoing Trump's four years."

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Due to 'credible threats of violence,' Michigan capitol shuttered as Electoral College meets to confirm Biden Victory

Due to 'credible threats of violence,' Michigan capitol shuttered as Electoral College meets to confirm Biden Victory Kamala Harris and Joe Biden (AFP)

Missouri paper urges disbarment proceedings against Josh Hawley: 'He must answer for his treasonous misdeeds'

On Tuesday, the editorial board of the Kansas City Star proposed Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) face disbarment proceedings for his role in opposing the certification of the Electoral College votes making former Vice President Joe Biden the next president.

Coupled with the storming of the U.S. Capitol by far-right extremists hellbent on keeping Donald Trump in power, the board went as far as to accuse Hawley of "treasonous misdeeds."

Making the case against the embattled Republican -- who is also facing calls to resign -- the Star reported that there is a growing demand among the Missouri legal community for the Yale Law School graduate to be banned from practicing law.

"At least 60 attorneys have attached their names to a formal complaint against Hawley, Kansas City attorney Hugh O'Donnell said. The group wants the Missouri Supreme Court's Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel to investigate the senator's actions leading up to the assault on the U.S. Capitol," the editorial states before adding, "Lawyers from St. Louis to Kansas City had been expected to file complaints after gathering the signatures."

Stating Hawley deserves "due process" as he is being investigated, the editors nonetheless wrote that "...history will not be kind to the junior senator... and [he] must answer for his treasonous misdeeds."

"There should be no question about Hawley's culpability, and his indefensible actions must have consequences. He helped lead the charge to try to overturn a free and fair election, echoing President Donald Trump's fabricated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and offering a fist pump of encouragement to the rioters who stormed our country's Capitol," the editorial continued.

According to Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney from St. Louis who has circulated a letter demanding Hawley face an investigation, "The accusations are serious enough to warrant disbarment. But that's not my determination to make."

Another attorney, Tom Porto of Kansas City went further, telling the Star, "As a fellow attorney, I am ashamed of him."

According to the editorial board, "While Hawley is far more focused on his political ambitions than on actually practicing law, an inquiry into whether Hawley violated rules of professional conduct could force him to answer for his actions."

They concluded," Hawley's actions were cynical, wrong, politically motivated and incendiary. He has dishonored his office — and his profession. Hawley violated the oath that all lawyers in Missouri swear to support the Constitution, and a formal investigation by the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel should hold him to account."

Trump could face Kamala Harris presiding over his impeachment trial if John Roberts takes a pass: report

According to a report from Fox News, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has indicated he has no desire in presiding over the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump -- leaving the door open for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to oversee the proceedings.

Whereas Harris could have been one of one hundred senators to vote on whether Trump is guilty of "incitement of insurrection" as charged in the articles of impeachment to be submitted by the House to new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), she will be Vice President when the trial begins.

As the Fox report notes, "Politico reported on Tuesday that Chief Justice John Roberts 'wants no further part' in overseeing the politically charged situation after he presided over the first impeachment trial of Trump less than one year ago."

Should Roberts demur since he has other business to attend to during the court's current session, that would leave who presides up in the air, but the Constitution provides a roadmap.

"The Constitution says that in impeachments for presidents, the chief justice of the Supreme Court is the presiding officer. For lesser impeachments, the presiding officer has been the same as for other Senate business — either the vice president or a senator. The Constitution is not clear on who should preside over impeachments for former presidents." Fox is reporting. "If Roberts does not preside over a Senate trial, Harris would likely have the choice of whether to preside herself."

Should Harris decline, the next in line would be Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who is the longest-serving Democrat.

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Pence could be put on the spot to kill any chance Trump may have of running again: report

Of all the members of Donald Trump's administration surveying their political future after President-elect Joe Biden assumes power on Jan. 20th, none face a path more fraught with pitfalls than Vice President Mike Pence, who would like to put distance between the deeply unpopular president without alienating his rabid base.

Pence has mostly stayed in the shadows during the Trump administration, only really coming to the forefront when he was tabbed by the president to head up the White House task force dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The vice president's only conflict with the president came when he refused an entreaty from Trump to attempt to override the certification of the Electoral College votes and leave the president in power.

Now, with the knowledge that supporters of the president wanted to lynch him when they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan 6th after the president incited rallygoers to march on Congress, Pence is at a crossroads as he considers his future.

According to a report from Maureen Groppe for USA Today, Pence is not only a "man without a home," he is also facing the possibility that Democrats will force him to testify about the president's actions on Jan. 6th as rioters overwhelmed police and forced lawmakers to flee for their lives.

As Lara Brown, director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, put it, "Pence is not wanting to antagonize the base, but at the same time, he wants to leave open his options for repudiating this president."

Case in point, the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of Trump for "willful incitement of insurrection" stemming from the president's encouragement of the right-wing extremists who battled with Capitol police leaving five dead.

Pence, who likely would like Trump out of the way in 2024 if he is planning a presidential run, could stick the dagger in the president's back if he is called as a witness in the Senate impeachment trial.

And that is a distinct possibility.

As USA Today reports, "Pence could soon face another loyalty test when the Senate holds a trial on whether to convict the impeached Trump of inciting violence against the government. Democrats might want Pence to testify about why it was the vice president, and not Trump, who played a key role in mobilizing National Guard troops after the Capitol Hill Police were overwhelmed."

Calling it a "loyalty test," the report notes that Pence's testimony -- if damning enough -- could result in the president's conviction by the Senate, thereby barring him from running again.

According to conservative political consultant Michael Steel, "I think it's a prerequisite for a successful (Pence) candidacy that President Trump is not running."

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Trump's second impeachment trial will be drastically different than his first -- here's why

Having survived one impeachment trial in the U.S, Senate due to a GOP majority that had its mind set on keeping Donald Trump in the Oval Office, the president can expect a much different second impeachment trial in the coming weeks, according to Politico.

Trump now has the distinction of being the only U.S. president to be impeached twice and with that comes a chance that he may be convicted this time -- but that is not the only difference this go-around.

At the top of the list for differences is the fact that during the first impeachment, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) let it be known that there was no chance that the GOP-majority Senate would convict one of their own, while the impending impeachment trial -- with the Democrats in control -- is much more uncertain with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leaving the door open.

"Ahead of the last trial, McConnell said there was 'no chance' Trump would be booted from office and was a key defender of the president. But this time around, McConnell is keeping an open mind and is urging his fellow GOP senators to keep their powder dry. It could mean that Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in the first impeachment trial, will have company this time around," the report states.

Add to that, McConnell will not be in charge of the proceedings for this trial.

According to the report, "Do Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who oppose the trial, try to force a vote on dismissing the charges? If they do, it will probably fail since the Senate will be split 50-50 along party lines, and enough Republicans have signaled openness to conviction that they're unlikely to end the trial before it begins. But that vote could also be an early test for just how many Republicans might be open to conviction."

More intriguing this time is the personal aspect of the impeachment. The first impeachment had to do with the president using the powers of his office to dig up dirt on a political opponent Joe Biden. This time, the articles of impeachment concern an act of sedition that put Trump's Senate "jurors" in fear of their lives.

"Every impeachment manager and every juror was also a victim of the alleged crime: incitement of insurrection. The same people trying and deciding the case were the ones ducking behind chairs and dodging violent mobs less than two weeks ago, while they frantically pleaded with Trump for help that only belatedly arrived," Politico's Andrew Desiderio and Kyle Cheney wrote.

With the changeover in control of the Senate, this impeachment could involve witnesses who were not allowed under the Republican majority, which may make it harder for Republicans to dismiss the charges.

"One potential witness on Democrats' list is Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state. Trump has mercilessly harangued Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp, who are both Republicans, for not adopting his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the state," the report states.

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