Republican Thom Tillis faced an uphill challenge to his election in November, with a majority of Republicans disliking him so much they booed him loudly at rallies for President Donald J. Trump. Nonetheless, Trump did endorse Tillis, and voters held their nose and elected Tillis for his second term.
It took Tillis absolutely no time whatsoever ever to betray Trump and his supporters, with Tillis go hard left on numerous topics including meeting with open borders proponents in November and now, padding the “stimulus bill” with the great idea of making live streamers into Felons.
Remember, one of the ways the left attempts to shut down independent media is by loudly broadcasting music alongside a broadcaster, causing people to have to shut down their coverage of live events. No doubt this power to criminalize live streaming will be used to censor people.
According to TV Technology:
“Illegally pirating streaming video could put guilty parties in jail thanks to a new bill. The Protecting Lawful Streaming Act introduced by Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) was included in the omnibus spending bill of the COVID-19 relief bill that was passed by Congress on Dec. 21.
Under Tillis’ bill, any person that pirates video streams of copyrighted work will have committed a felony act and be subject to either fines or imprisonment. The previous penalty for pirating streaming content was a misdemeanor.
The bill targets large-scale, criminal, for-profit streaming services, not good faith business disputes or noncommercial activities. Nor does it target individuals who access the pirated streams, knowingly or unknowingly.
Streaming has become increasingly popular in the last few years, particularly in 2020, as the global pandemic has changed viewing habits as people have more time during lockdowns. This new bill brings the pirating of streamed content to the same level as other pirating efforts, including the illegal downloading of copyrighted content.
Co-sponsoring the bill with Tillis is Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.).”
Conveniently, this addition to a bill meant to “help the American people” is being shoved down our throats with no debate and no transparency. The Bill flew through both the US House and the US Senate, with civil servants drunk on power, gorging the American taxpayer after a year of financial and emotional struggle.
“Thom Tillis claims the proposed law only targets criminal organizations that stream copyright content as their primary purpose. I am concerned for creators that think their background music, intro/outro, and other regularly occurring music usage is 100% clear… but it’s not. I don’t trust the federal government to be able to distinguish between different music copyright situations effectively. Leadership we have in the federal government is clueless, way too old, and could irresponsibly and unknowingly punish regular people,” @AwallDigital, a former Digital media Executive, posted on Twitter.
So, Swamp dwellers like Tillis found the energy to focus on criminalizing Americans with just one more regulation, while real-life Americans are struggling with massive concerns over many other things. It is clear who the Swamp will protect, and that is not the average American.
Federal authorities have raided homes and offices of several Tennessee lawmakers, including the property of former state House Speaker Glen Casada, officials say.
The raid was to investigate the defeat of Republican North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis’s brother, Rick Tillis, in Tennessee.
Rick Tillis, brother of US Senator Thom Tillis, lost the August primary to Todd Warner, a local businessman. Tillis, once high in caucus leadership, was ousted after his anonymous Twitter account bashing his colleagues was outed to the public.
The Tenness Outlook reported at the time about the Twitter harassment by Tillis that forced him to step down from leadership:
“After facing scrutiny for his alleged role in an anonymous Twitter account that attacked his fellow Republicans, Rep. Rick Tillis has resigned from House leadership.
Rep. Jeremy Faison announced the move in an email obtained by The Tennessean sent to the 73-member House Republican Caucus on Aug. 30. Faison is the GOP caucus chairman.”
“Representative Rick Tillis alerted leadership today that he is stepping down as our Republican House Whip, effectively immediately,” Faison informed the caucus.
But the investigations are into ads:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Tennessee confirmed the FBI visited the homes of state Reps. Robin Smith and Todd Warner, as well as a former aide to the former speaker, according to The Tennessean newspaper and Local24.
According to Fox News, “A federal law enforcement source tells FOX 17 News the investigation is into the laundering of campaign finance money toward a dark money company that ran ads against Todd Warner’s opponent Rick Tillis. Warner went on to beat Tillis in the Aug. 2020 election for Tennessee’s new District 92 House representative.”
The Tennessean reported:
“The FBI also searched the office of Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, though House Speaker Cameron Sexton said he understood that Calfee “is not part of the investigation.” Calfee’s legislative assistant, however, has been placed on administrative leave in connection with the inquiry.
Agents guarded offices in the Cordell Hull legislative office building and carted away boxes of evidence as part of their investigation. “
The raid happened on Friday:
“Since becoming speaker, I have been contacted by federal authorities regarding an ongoing investigation related to the former speaker’s office,” Sexton also said, according to CBS News. “On the advice of both Ethics and Legal Counsel, I am placing everyone that was subject to the execution of today’s search warrants on administrative leave until further notice.”
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee acknowledged the agents’ activity on Friday, describing the incidents as “raids.”
“I’ve spoken with Speaker Sexton this morning, and I’m aware of the FBI raids,” Lee said in a press conference. “It’s certainly very concerning. I know very little about that. There’s been no FBI outreach to us, but I am confident that Speaker Sexton is on top of this situation as it unfolds.”
Wednesday night, the GOP lawmakers sent a letter asking Durbin to schedule hearings into the conduct of the Cuomo administration since it has been reported that it intentionally withheld the COVID-19 death numbers from nursing homes after Cuomo forced COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes with the most vulnerable of our society for this pandemic virus, the elderly.
“The American people deserve to know the extent to which Governor Cuomo and his senior staff violated the civil rights of New York seniors, lied to the Department of Justice about their actions, and violated federal civil and criminal laws in the process,” the lawmakers wrote.
“That so many people needlessly lost their lives because of the failed policies of Governor Cuomo’s administration — an administration that many have lauded over the past year — is tragic and deserves a full investigation and accounting.”
Of course, you just know that Durbin and his cohorts in the party are going to use the Cuomo administration’s lie that they did it because President Donald Trump was pressuring them on Twitter.
In the letter sent to Durbin, the senators said they expect Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, to commit to investigating this growing scandal.
“When Judge Garland testifies before this Committee, we expect him to commit the Department of Justice to fully investigating this cover-up to determine whether any criminal laws were violated and to prosecute any violations,” they wrote. Not that it will ever happen, because while Democrats make things up against Republicans out of thin air, they rarely ever go after one of their own, and the tyrant governor of New York is most definitely one of their own.
Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for the governor, slimed on about Cruz’s request, “Every death in this pandemic is a tragedy and shame on the Treason Caucus for exploiting them to distract from fermenting the Capitol insurrection that resulted in the death of a police officer.”
Can you believe that? This putz (a little cultural appropriation) tried to dilute the scandal by referring to a fake scandal against Senator Cruz where in the wake of the Capitol riot on January 6, the Democrats have tried to accuse Cruz of helping to incite the riot while he was inside the Capitol building doing exactly what the Democrats did for the last three Republican White House victories. Azzopardi accused Cruz and the other Republicans of doing exactly what he did in the context of his accusation. The Democrats are sick people.
Last week we reported that a Cuomo top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted to a bunch of state Democrats lawmakers that they withheld the COVID-19 nursing home death count over the fear that the numbers would be “used against us” by federal authorities. Isn’t that called obstruction? I thought the Democrats really hated obstruction.
This scandal was made public after New York Attorney General Letitia James reported that she discovered that COVID-19 nursing home deaths were 50 percent higher than Cuomo and the administration claimed.
Also on Wednesday Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) said he received a threatening phone call from Cuomo last week telling the assemblyman that he’d be “destroyed” if he didn’t help contain the situation. Can you imagine?
Kim said he was “in the middle of bathing my kids,” when Cuomo asked him to write up a statement that would say that DeRosa told state lawmakers that they would comply with federal prosecutors.
Folks, that’s manufacturing false evidence, something the Democrats accused Trump of doing, except unlike the former president, Cuomo allegedly actually did if Kim is telling the truth.
Kim said that during the call Cuomo threatened him saying, “You have not seen my wrath. I have been biting my tongue for months.” The assemblyman said Cuomo then told him, “I can tell the whole world what a bad person you are and you will be finished.” Kim said, and concluded that the governor told him, “You will be destroyed.”
This is worse than any of the lies the Democrats made up about Republicans and apparently it’s a real scandal.
Last month, Cruz introduced an amendment to the COVID-19 relief package that called for a Department Of Justice investigation to determine if officials like Cuomo could be criminally or civilly liable for forcing COVID-19 patients into nursing homes. The senator from Texas shouldn’t hold his breath because there is no way, no how that the Biden DOJ will ever hold Democrats accountable for what they did that ended up killing thousands of seniors.
Cuomo made good on his threats. During a press conference on Wednesday, the governor attacked both Assemblyman Kim and the New York Post for having the gall to expose the nursing home scandal.
It now appears that fellow Democrats, who put up with Cuomo’s arrogance for way too long during the COVID-19 crisis, are now turning on him. On Tuesday, nine state Assembly Democrats accused the governor of federal obstruction of justice in a letter that asks that Cuomo’s COVID-19 emergency powers be stripped. Multiple state Senators asked for the same.
I am admittedly a partisan conservative, but I don’t take too much pleasure watching someone have the world come down on them, but in this case, I think it’s completely justified. Andrew Cuomo has been an obnoxious and arrogant tyrant who not only botched his handling of the pandemic for New Yorkers and not only tried to blame everyone else for his and his administration’s negligence over the nursing home debacle, but he actually wrote a book about what an awesome job he did as governor handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
But, absolutely nothing will happen on the federal level as we now know that President Biden chose not to discuss the scandal during his White House meeting with the governor on Friday, saying “it was not a focus of their conversation or a topic.”
For those of you reading this who are admitted leftists I want you to do something for me. I want you to close your eyes, take some deep, slow breaths, and once your mind has been cleared of everything, think to yourself, what if it was Donald Trump.
Ivan Robles Navejas, a 28-year-old illegal alien from Mexico killed 4 police officers using his car. The suspect was drunk at the time, but he should not have been in the country at all.
Navejas had been arrested for DUI before but the Obama/Biden administration allowed him to stay anyway. He was charged with six counts of intoxication, assault with a vehicle, and three counts of intoxicated vehicular manslaughter.
The GOP Senators include Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA). The others are Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Mike Lee (R-UT).
They sent a letter to the DHS wanting information on Navejas, want to know his complete criminal record, and why he was not deported.
The suspect drove into a group of the Thin Blue Line motorcycle club, killing four. Investigators say that he was drunk and hour before the crash.
The problem is that Democrats do not consider DUI to be a crime worthy of deportation even if they have already killed someone.
Those killed include:
39-year-old Niles, Illinois Police Sgt. Joseph Lazo
48-year-old retired officer Joseph “GT” Paglia of Chicago
74-year-old retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jerry “Wings” Harbour of Houston
20-something retired U.S. Army officer Michael “Psycho” White of Chicago
The letter the Senators sent reads in part:
Furthermore, we were also disturbed to read that Mr. Navejas was shielded from deportation with status granted under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2013. After his DACA status subsequently expired in 2015, he remained unlawfully present in the United States without consequence and was afforded the opportunity to re-offend. Media reports indicate that Mr. Navejas was charged with driving under the influence in 2016, but ICE did not pursue deportation action against him. Instead, the agency exercised prosecutorial discretion because the Obama administration did not consider a DUI arrest to be a serious offense warranting deportation. [Emphasis added]
Mr. Navejas’ encounter with immigration officials following his charge for driving under the influence in 2016 should have been enough to see him placed in removal proceedings, but ICE was hindered by the Obama administration’s guidance on civil immigration enforcement priorities. Under that guidance, the Obama administration did not deem an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol to be a priority. The guidance further allowed for the use of discretion when taking enforcement action against those unlawfully present in the United States. ICE used that discretion in this case by choosing not to take enforcement action. [Emphasis added]
The Senators pointed out that even though he was arrested for DUI in 2016. In 2018, Navejas was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly pinning a man to a vehicle, assaulting him, and biting off a portion of his ear.
I guess biting off someone’s ear was a misdemeanor during the Obama/Biden years. This is not the way it used to be. You had to obey the laws in order to remain here.
You have to understand, Democrats are interested in building voters. Protecting citizens does not get you elected. It is difficult to understand why we allow our laws to be broken so freely. Or maybe not. The rioters and illegal aliens are their base.
By ignoring their criminal behavior, they secure their votes. Illegal aliens will find it easier to vote with all mail in ballots.
Tom Cotton wrote:
“Ivan Navejas should have been deported for his crimes, which culminated in the alleged murder of several members of the Thin Blue Line Motorcycle Club. Four Americans are now dead from a failure to deport this dangerous criminal. We deserve to know why.”
NeverTrump members who falsely claim to be conservatives such as Bill Kristol and anyone who writes for the National Review are now not only trying to remove an actual conservative president, a report says they also trying to throw the Senate to the Democrats by buying six-figure ads for Democrats.
The Lincoln Project made up of Never Trump liberal Republicans has bought ads against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sens. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Martha McSally (R-AZ).
If you ever needed proof that the NeverTrump crowd are actually conservatives, this should do it. Bill Kristol tried to make the argument that it wouldn’t matter if the Democrats had a Senate majority because several Democrats are moderates. When pressure comes to bear, they will fold like cheap road maps.
In essence, they are trying to ensure that the Democrats have both houses of congress and the oval office, so they can dictate national policy. The Green New Deal and higher taxes will be right around the corner along with ever-increasing energy prices.
Breitbart News reported in June that the Lincoln Project endorsed Montana Democrat Gov. Steve Bullock’s bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT).
“Bullock represents the best of America’s ideals,” John Weaver, one of the Lincoln Group’s cofounders, said. “He cares about his constituents and works every day to make sure their lives are better. The Lincoln Project is proud to support Steve Bullock and usher in a new era of decent, fair, and honest leadership.”
Jennifer Horn, a former New Hampshire GOP chairwoman who advises the Lincoln Project, said that Senate Republicans had the “authority and the ability” challenge Trump, but chose not to.
“The only way to make sure that Trumpism doesn’t continue to rule the Republican Party for years to come is to make sure that we defeat not only the president, but those people who have enabled him,” she added.
NeverTrump Joe Walsh said:
Trump has to lose and every Republican senator up for reelection has to lose because they’ve enabled. Do I want the Democrats to take control of the Senate? No. But I have no choice. To me, these Republicans like Martha McSally and Thom Tillis and Susan Collins have breached their office.
It means the Democrats will be in control of D.C. and they will try to push policies I disagree with. That will leave someone like me fighting against their policies. I don’t look forward to that, but that will be the necessary result.
This will be the most challenging year for many candidates. The stakes are high for both parties. The citizens deeply divided on issues.
Some real challenges to overcome are the fake news, and manipulated messages citizens get. Social media is also discriminating on the messages they will allow on their platforms and what agendas they support.
The article below talks about just a few seats that will most likely switch this election year. But there are 100’s of seats that are being challenged. Please go to VoteDemOut.org to see where are the battleground seats are in the Senate and the House.
So what can you do?
Help people get registered to vote. Democrats are relentless about getting their base to register to vote. We need to be just as motivated.
You can download an app called Voterpal that will allow you to help people get registered no matter where you are.
Share the voter registration link here: https://vote.gov/. Share the link and encourage people to vote that haven’t voted before.
Become a volunteer deputy registrar in your state. Your state provides the training so you are knowledgable about registering people in your state. Google “deputy registrar” and the name of your state.
There are many resources to help you get informed with who is running, what their top priorities are, and what measures are being voted on.
Five senators are staring down serious political danger ahead of the November elections.
With less than six months to go until Election Day, the battle for control of the Senate hinges on five key states. Democrats are after four seats in particular — in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina — while Republicans are largely playing defense, but see an easy pickup opportunity in Alabama.
A handful of seats in states like Iowa, Montana and Michigan are also showing signs they may be in play.
Here are the Senate seats most likely to flip in 2020.
Doug Jones (D-Ala.)
Democrats are on the defensive in deep-red Alabama roughly three years after Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in the state’s special election to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Jones was the first Democrat to win statewide office in Alabama since 2008 and the first Democrat to represent the state in the upper chamber since 1997.
Jones garnered about 50 percent of the vote in 2017, while Moore received about 48 percent. During the race, Moore had to contend with a cloud of controversy stemming from sexual assault allegations, which led to GOP leaders across the country calling for him to step down as the nominee.
However, Jones faces a totally different environment heading into the 2020 elections. The Cook Political Report rates the race “lean Republican” as Sessions and former Auburn University coach Tommy Tuberville battle it out ahead of the July 14 GOP runoff.
Gardner became the first challenger to unseat an incumbent in Colorado in roughly a generation when he defeated former Sen. Mark Udall (D) in 2014.
But his state has shifted increasingly to the left in recent years. Former President Obama won the state twice in 2008 and 2012, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton carried it in the 2016 presidential election. In 2018, Democrats won control of the Colorado state Senate and held onto the governor’s mansion, giving them full control of the state government for the first time since 1936.
If that trend wasn’t enough to threaten Gardner’s prospects for a second term in the Senate, he faces an expectedly tough challenge from Colorado’s Democratic former governor, John Hickenlooper, who jumped into the race last summer after an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
There hasn’t been much polling in the race, but a survey from the Montana State University and the University of Denver conducted last month showed Hickenlooper with a 16-point lead over Gardner. Another Keating Research–OnSight Public Affairs–Melanson poll released earlier this month found Hickenlooper ahead by 18 points.
Hickenlooper out-raised Gardner in the first quarter of 2020, raking in nearly $4.1 million to his opponent’s $2.5 million. Still, Gardner has the overall cash-on-hand advantage with $9.6 million in the bank.
McSally already lost a Senate race in 2018, when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) eked out a narrow 2-point win. Only a few weeks after her loss, McSally was appointed to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Now, a little more than a year after she entered the Senate, she’s facing a challenge from Democrat Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and gun control advocate who is seen as one of his party’s top recruits of the 2020 cycle. Kelly raised a staggering $11 million in the first three months of 2020 and has some $19.7 million on hand. By comparison, McSally reported $6.4 million raised in the first quarter and $10.3 million in the bank.
There are also signs that Kelly is widening his lead over McSally in the race. A survey from the polling firm OH Predictive Insights released this week showed Kelly leading McSally by 13 points — up from a 9-point lead in a similar poll conducted in April. Republicans are hoping to seize on questions about Kelly’s business record in an effort to weaken him ahead of November.
But unlike Colorado, where Democrats hold power at the state level, Arizona’s state government is largely controlled by the GOP. What’s more, Republicans have won every presidential election in the state since 2000, though Trump carried it in 2016 by a smaller margin than the three Republican nominees before him.
The moderate Republican is also facing an uphill battle to defend her spot in the Senate. The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Collins 3 points behind state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D), who is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.
Additionally, polling shows Maine voters could be souring on the incumbent senator. A Bangor Daily News poll released in April showed Collins with a 37 percent approval rating and a 52 percent disapproval rating.
Collins has been viewed in the past as a critical Republican swing vote, voting against 2017 GOP legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act. However, she has since received the ire of liberals for voting to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018 as he faced sexual misconduct allegations.
However, the race will not necessarily be a cakewalk for the Democrats if Gideon gets the nomination. Collins has represented the state in the Senate since 1997, giving her an incumbent advantage. Additionally, her decisions to side with the Trump administration on a number of issues may not play badly with all voters. The state went Democratic in the last three presidential elections, but elected conservative Gov. Paul LePage twice.
Tillis is locked in a true toss-up race to hold on to his Senate seat. The first-term senator is facing a tough challenge from Democrat Cal Cunningham and polls show the two candidates in a dead heat.
One survey fielded by Eastern Carolina University earlier this month showed Tillis narrowly leading Cunningham, 41 percent to 40 percent — well within the poll’s margin of error. But a Meredith College poll conducted late last month gave Cunningham a substantial lead in race, showing him ahead of Tillis, 44 percent to 34 percent.
Already, the race between Tillis and Cunningham is shaping up to be the most expensive Senate race of 2020. In March, the Senate Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), booked nearly $22 million worth of fall advertising in the state, making up the largest part of a broader $67 million investment.
Soon after that, the Senate Majority PAC, the top super PAC backing Democratic Senate candidates, reserved $25.6 million in fall ads in the state. That was also the largest portion of a nearly $70 million investment by the group.
Cunningham led Tillis in fundraising in the first three months of the year, bringing in about $4.4 million to his opponent’s $2.1 million. But Tillis has more than twice as much cash on hand as Cunningham, reporting about $6.5 million in the bank at the end of March.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned on Monday that the battle for control of the Senate in the November election will be a “dog fight,” with neither party currently having a “lock”
This is a vital election year to protect this country from the liberal machine that is working on every level to change our country. Please go to VoteDemOut.org and check out the biggest battleground seats for the House and Senate. McConnell said it correctly, this will be a dog fight for every single seat this election. In particular, they are coming for Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. We have to stay vigilant.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned on Monday that the battle for control of the Senate in the November election will be a “dog fight,” with neither party currently having a “lock” on winning the majority.
McConnell, speaking to Fox News Radio, said Republicans are “on the defense” as they try to keep their Senate majority. Republicans are defending 23 seats to Democrats 12, though many of them are in deep red states.
“Let me just say that the Senate majority has not been a certainty at any point this cycle. We always knew from the beginning, and I’ve said consistently, that it’s going to be a dog fight,” McConnell said.
McConnell added that the makeup of the Senate map means Republicans have “a lot of exposure,” where Democrats will try to unseat GOP incumbents. But he also pointed to Alabama and Michigan — where Democratic Sens. Doug Jones (Ala.) and Gary Peters (Mich.) are on the ballot — as “really good” pick up opportunities for Republicans.
“I think it’s a tough fight. We don’t have a lock on it, nor do they. It’s going to be a fight to the finish. Sort of like a knife fight in an alley,” McConnell said.
Democrats are feeling increasingly bullish about their chances of taking back the majority in November as tightening in several key races have put them increasingly in striking distance in states including Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina where GOP Sens. Martha McSally (Ariz.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Thom Tillis (N.C.) are on the ballot.
Democrats need to pick up three seats to win control of the chamber if the party also wins the White House, or a net total of four seats to get an outright simple majority.
The signs of momentum for Democrats comes as their candidates have outraised GOP incumbents in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) had its best-ever first-quarter fundraising haul at $28 million, though the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $30.3 million in the first three months of 2020. The DSCC, however, outraised its GOP counterpart in March bringing in $11 million to the NRSC $9.1 million.
McConnell, on Monday, argued that it was “not new” that Democrats were outspending them and raising more money, but noted that Republicans had held, and expanded the majority, in previous cycles.
Senate Republicans are taking the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump more seriously as damaging revelations against the president mount and the possibility of a quick dismissal of
Senate Republicans are taking the House impeachment proceedings against President Trump more seriously as damaging revelations against the president mount and the possibility of a quick dismissal of the charges shrinks.
Earlier this year, GOP senators pledged to quickly quash any articles of impeachment passed by the House. But as the Democrats compile more evidence that Trump withheld military assistance from Ukraine to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, they are adopting a more sober tone.
While no Senate Republican has said the charges against Trump rise to the level of being an impeachable offense, many have expressed concern over the drip-drip of damaging revelations.
Sen. Tim Scott (S.C.) was the latest GOP senator to express concerns Wednesday even though he argued that the House has yet to provide any evidence that would support actually removing Trump from office.
Asked Wednesday if he had any concerns at all in light of recent reports on Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine, Scott said, “There’s lot of things that concern me.”
But he added, “That’s not the question.”
“The question on the table is impeachment and that’s the question we should get an answer to, and the answer so far is ‘For what would we impeach the president?’ And the answer is ‘I don’t see anything for that,’ ” he said.
At the same time, Scott acknowledged there is pressure on Senate Republicans to take any impeachment articles seriously.
“Everybody wants us to do the right thing. In order to do the right thing, we want to see all that there is,” Scott told reporters, explaining that he’s not ready to dismiss the House charges out of hand.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said Wednesday that the prospect of a quick vote on a motion to dismiss any articles of impeachment against Trump seems unlikely.
“I certainly think we need to hear it out from the House. This is a serious thing. You’re considering removing somebody from office or impeaching them in that way. I think you got to hear it,” she said.
A Republican senator who requested anonymity to comment on internal party discussions said GOP colleagues are taking the possibility of an impeachment trial seriously as the Democratic-controlled House compiles more evidence.
“We’re all becoming much more aware of the process and that’s because of the situation we’re in with the House,” the senator said, who added of colleagues, “I don’t think they’re going to dismiss it.”
“Right now, based on the facts that we have currently, the president will have the support he needs to get through this,” the senator added, though the lawmaker said there are enough colleagues who feel they owe it to the public to give the articles of impeachment serious consideration.
It’s a more measured tone than Republicans used when the House was considering impeachment proceedings based on former special counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election and subsequent attempts to obstruct his investigation.
“I think it would be disposed of very quickly,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said in late May.
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) at the time asked, “Why on earth would we give a platform to something that I judge as a purely political exercise?”
Now Senate Republicans are treating the allegations that Trump improperly withheld military assistance to Ukraine in an attempt to gain a political favor much more seriously than they did the findings of the Mueller report.
Senate Republicans initially dismissed the release of the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Zelensky as a nothing burger.
GOP leaders labeled Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) launch of a formal impeachment process a political mistake committed because of intense pressure from her liberal base.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed Pelosi on Sept. 24 for making a “rush to judgment” and said she “finally crumbled” to the pressure from “her far-left conference.”
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (S.D.), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said in late September the House impeachment push was “a risky strategy on their part.”
“I know they’re under a lot of pressure to do it, but if you’re the leadership over there, you got to think long and hard about what the implications are if it looks like you’re overreaching,” he said.
Senate Republicans have since seen several serious revelations emerge, and support for impeachment has ticked upward in recent polls.
One pivotal moment came last week when William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, testified that he was told by Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, that Trump wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless Zelensky agreed to a corruption investigation.
Another came days before, when acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney appeared to confirm at a press conference that military aid was withheld as leverage to push Ukraine to investigate corruption, although he later tried to walk back the statement.
McConnell on Tuesday declined to echo White House language calling the House impeachment probe “illegitimate and unconstitutional.”
Instead, he observed that “impeachment as a practical matter is whatever a majority of the House decides it is at any given moment.”
After Taylor’s damning testimony, Thune admitted to reporters: “The picture coming out of it based on the reporting that we’ve seen is, yeah, I would say not a good one.”
On Wednesday, another blow against the president came when Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, Trump’s nominee to serve as ambassador to Russia, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he was aware of an effort by Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to remove Marie Yovanovitch as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday said it would be “inappropriate” if Giuliani or anyone else spread misinformation to remove a U.S. ambassador.
“I would be concerned if a U.S. ambassador anywhere in the world is the subject of a disinformation campaign directed from abroad or from any interest, for that matter,” he said. “That would be something I wouldn’t be happy about. That would be something I would find to be inappropriate.”
Rubio also said it is important that he and his Senate colleagues carefully weigh the facts compiled by the House investigation.
“It’s important for us to make decisions based on all of the facts taken in context and taken together,” said Rubio, who noted that all of the facts and evidence compiled by House investigators have yet to be shared with the Senate.
President Trump on Friday used the first veto of his administration to reject a bipartisan resolution that sought to block his declaration of a national emergency at the border, a move almost certain to kill the measure.
Today President Trump issued his first veto to reject a bipartisan resolution to stop his national emergency. Trump made some very strong remarks on why he vetoed the resolution.
On Friday, Trump called the resolution “dangerous” and said it would have revoked border operations put into place by the declaration. He also thanked Republicans who voted against the resolution.
“I have to in particular thank Republicans, strong Republican senators that were on our side and on the side of border security,” he said. He later added that the vote for the resolution was “a vote against reality.”
This week the border patrol in Texas apprehended 300 illegals crossing the border. This is in addition to 1,000 they apprehended just 24 hours earlier. Arizona is reporting a 230% increase in illegals. So when President Trump says we have a problem, Congress needs to take heed.
“We are currently facing a humanitarian and national security crisis along our southwest border,” CBP Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said in a statement earlier this month.
But the other side of the aisle is still insisting this is a manufactured emergency.
“It is no surprise that the president holds the rule of law and our Constitution in minimal regard. There is no emergency; Congress has refused to fund his wall multiple times; Mexico won’t pay for it; and a bipartisan majority in both chambers just voted to terminate his fake emergency,” Schumer said in a statement.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., had said he would oppose the declaration but reversed course on the Senate floor, saying that he was “sympathetic” to Trump’s push to deal with the crisis at the border.