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Public Hearings On Impeachment of Donald Trump

December 17, 2019 UPDATE

On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee passed two Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump.  The matter has been moved to the full House of Representatives for a vote.  A vote is expected for this coming Wednesday.  If passed, Trump is impeached, and the matter then moves to the Senate to decide whether or not to remove Trump from office.

According to the Daily Beast,  the Senate is suppose to act as a “fair and impartial jury,” but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham,  “have said explicitly their only goal is to end the trial as quickly as possible, call zero witnesses, and take their marching orders directly from the president himself.  They’re supposed to be the jury and they’re literally going on TV admitting they’re not going to be impartial and they’re going to take their orders from the president.”

Of a personal opinion, I question if Republican Representatives and Senators do not want to impeach Trump and remove him from office because they do not want V.P. Pence taking over the role of President.  I wonder why?

 

 

December 10, 2019 UPDATE

The House Judiciary Committee’s two proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday.  The first article charges him with abuse of power for pressuring Ukraine to assist him in his re-election campaign by damaging Democratic rivals. The second article charges him with obstruction of Congress for blocking testimony and refusing to provide documents in response to House subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

You can read the full Articles of Impeachment here.

DECEMBER 3, 2019 UPDATE

CNN says of the 300 page House Intelligence Committee report, that it contains witness testimonies, timelines and phone records that accuse “Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States. ”

Rather than add it to comment section, I am embedding a link to the full report here.   The Finding of Facts portion begins on page 39 as;

Based on witness testimony and evidence collected during the impeachment inquiry, the Intelligence Committee has found that:

I.  Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States—acting personally and through his agents within and outside of the U.S. government—solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political opponent, and to influence our nation’s upcoming presidential election to his advantage. In so doing, the President placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangeredU.S. national security.

The impeachment inquiry starts on Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

 

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, public hearings begin on the impeachment of Donald Trump.  My intent is to keep this post as a discussion and update thread until those hearings are completed.  Updates, including any available videos of the hearings, will be posted in the comment section below.  Feel free to add to them.

The public hearings will be live streamed on most major media networks and on USA Today online.

For a breakdown of Committee Members and schedule, see NBC News.

According to MSNBC:

“On the eve of the historic impeachment hearing, the top impeachment investigator, Rep. Adam Schiff tells NPR there is enough evidence to impeach Trump for bribery, for abusing “official” powers of the presidency and because Trump was “offering official acts for some personal or political reason.”

Below is a list with links to transcripts of depositions that have been released to the public. Click on the words that appear in blue to open the links, which will open in another window.  Transcripts of testimonies are in pdf. Read the rest of this entry

Florida Tweaks Stand Your Ground Law

On October 8, 2013, by a 7-2 vote, the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee passed changes to Florida’s stand your ground law.  It has two more committee stops before it can be considered by the full Senate.

We Can Dream 2Republican Senator David Simmons’ and Democratic Senator Chris Smith’s bills were combined, although the two still have differences over how much protection to provide for people who use deadly force.   They said those differences would be worked out later.  Senator

Smith voted against the 2005 bill that created the law, and said that he still believes people should be required to retreat first, if possible, before using force against an attacker.  Senator Smith stated that he worked with Simmons on areas where they can agree. Both senators attended hearings around the state to discuss the law. Senator Smith wants a broader definition of “aggressors” and for the state to track the use of the law statewide to get better data than the anecdotal cases collected so far. Read the rest of this entry

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