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OPINION: UPDATE – IT’S CONFIRMED! USMC DEPLOYED TO DC! Sources in the US Marine Corps Confirm that President Trump Deployed Them to DC Following Martial Law Meeting With Mike Lindell!


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Earlier today, we reported that following President Trump’s explosive interview with MyPillow CEO and founder Mike Lindell concerning Martial Law and the Insurrection Act, he deployed the US Marine Corps to Washington, DC in direct opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.


BREAKING: President Trump Deploys US Marine Corps to DC Right After Reports Indicate He is Considering Martial Law — USMC Twitter Goes Dark! (DC UNDER TOTAL LOCKDOWN)

Late yesterday, Washington Post reporter Jabin Botsford broke the news on Twitter that MyPillow CEO and founder Mike Lindell met … Continue reading BREAKING: President Trump Deploys US Marine Corps to DC Right After Reports Indicate He is Considering Martial Law — USMC Twitter Goes Dark! (DC UNDER TOTAL LOCKDOWN)
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This breaking bombshell exclusively reported by REDPILLED Media is currently sending shockwaves throughout Washington and across the United States.

In addition to photographic and reported evidence, REDPILLED Media has now obtained evidence from members within the USMC confirming what we first reported: The military is being mobilized to Washington, DC in a strong show of allegiance to our rightful president, Donald Trump, and against the wishes of every establishment politician current holding national office.

From our previous reporting:

Late yesterday, Washington Post reporter Jabin Botsford broke the news on Twitter that MyPillow CEO and founder Mike Lindell met with President Trump at the White House to discuss plans for Martial Law.

The media was on edge all day about it.

@MyPillowUSA CEO Michael Lindell shows off his notes before going into the West Wing at the White House on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. pic.twitter.com/AY6AyJNSyE
— Jabin Botsford (@jabinbotsford) January 15, 2021

Right below the call for martial law in his notes, there is a mysterious two-line long blacked out section.

No one knows what it’s about.

Hours after Mike Lindell left the White House, Trump supporters on social media reported seeing US Marine Corps helicopters over the area and landing near the White House.

This proves that the military is till behind President Trump even if some around the president are actively sabotaging him.

So who called in the Marines?

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has said unequivocally that she does not want any federal law enforcement entering the city for the inauguration, and that she demands to be consulted before any troops are deployed.

This clearly didn’t happen.

An outlet called ‘Real Raw News’ ran an unverified claim positing that the Marine Corps rebuked Nancy Pelosi’s orders to stand down.

Snopes quickly reported that Pelosi’s office never made such a demand.

So neither the mayor of DC nor the US Congress called in the US Marine Corps.

That leaves one man left.

Now it’s beginning to make sense why virtually every single street in Washington DC is completely shut down.

Something big is about to happen.

And now it makes sense why the usually prolific USMC Twitter account hasn’t tweeted for weeks and has gone completely dark.

Now this…

Reports and photographic evidence are coming in from sources on the ground confirming President Trump’s imminent deployment of the USMC to the streets of Washington, DC.


The intel source even posted a package of DoD beef patties, along with equipment, ammunition, and backup.

This is the real deal.

We even have video evidence of multiple US Military Osprey aircraft flying into Washington, DC!

Get ready for a wild ride.


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Another Historic Day in the White House Under the Trump Administration


I cry for happy for the world! This new path that we have been shown by the President of the United States Donald J. Trump, is a path we must hold hard and fast to because it’s the righteous one! Peace is attainable, even in our time! Never stop praying for #PEACE

The work of this administration must NEVER go to waste because the only ones who will lose are future Americans as well as humanity. Teach your children well! Never stop praying for #Peace

America is and will remain a bastion of hope, freedom, with an unwavering commitment to remain one nation under God, to be humble but stand forever fervent in our Creator’s light, for ALL living things.

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Exclusive: Families Told Troops Who Deployed to Middle East Are Coming Home


FORT BRAGG, NC - JANUARY 04: U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division arrive at Green Ramp for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Soldiers from the Immediate Response Force of the 82nd are part of the approximately 3,000 troops …
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Family members of troops who deployed to the Middle East amid tensions in Iran have been told by leadership their loved ones are redeploying home, according to sources.

The troops in question are elements of the 82nd Airborne who deployed to the Middle East on January 1, 2020, as part of an immediate reaction force. Specifically, they include paratroopers who deployed as part of Task Force White Devils, as well as those attached to them.

There is no additional information for families of those who are not deployed with the task force.

No dates have been announced as to when they are expected home.

An 82nd Airborne spokesman said, “For operational security purpose we don’t talk about troop movements.”

“I would like to kindly encourage you all to be sensitive to the fact that there are still thousands of soldiers remaining in theatre and away from their loved ones for an unknown period of time,” a message to families read.

Members of Task Force White Devils deployed to the Middle East after Iran-backed Shia militia members killed an American contractor and wounded four service members in Iraq. President Trump ordered a counterstrike targeting those militia members. Several days later, pro-Iran supporters attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

On Tuesday, December 31, the Pentagon announced Defense Secretary Mark Esper had authorized sending U.S. troops to the Middle East, including sending approximately 750 soldiers from an infantry battalion with the 82nd Airborne.

Two days later, the U.S. military killed Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani, after reports he was planning attacks against more U.S. targets.

Since that strike, tensions have calmed somewhat between the U.S. and Iran, according to the U.S. commander in charge of the Middle East region.

President Trump, during his State of the Union address on Wednesday evening, who ran on a campaign of ending U.S. wars in the Middle East, said, “Our message to the terrorists is clear: You will never escape American justice. If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life.
But, he added, “As we defend American lives, we are working to end America’s wars in the Middle East.”

 

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Source: Exclusive: Families Told Troops Who Deployed to Middle East Are Coming Home


Saudi Military Trainees Expelled from the US…Some “Connected to Extremist Movements”


Last month, the deadly shooting at a Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station called attention to the Saudi servicemen training at US military installations. Several Saudi trainees at the Pensacola base were confined to their quarters after the shooting. The FBI began an investigation into the tragedy as a possible terror attack. The Pentagon also initiated a review of all 850 Saudi military trainees in the US.

According to CNN, about one dozen Saudi trainees will be expelled from the US after the review. The expelled Saudi trainees aren’t accused of assisting the Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors. CNN sources say some of the Saudis have connections to extremist movements.

A spokesman for the Department of Defense Lt. Col. Robert Carver:

“In the wake of the Pensacola tragedy, the Department of Defense restricted to classroom training programs foreign military students from Saudi Arabia while we conducted a review and enhancement of our foreign student vetting procedures. That training pause is still in place while we implement new screening and security measures.”

THE PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE DECEMBER SHOOTING:

Trending: Trump Goes There at Prayer Breakfast With Pelosi Sitting Feet Away: “I don’t like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong.”

Yesterday, at 6:30 am CT, an attack took place on the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

The shooter who opened fire, killing three people and injuring several others, has been identified as Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani.

The AP reported that the Florida Naval station shooting suspect was an aviation officer in the Saudi Air Force, U.S. officials said Friday, as the FBI and other authorities began investigating the incident to determine if it was terrorism-related.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the suspect was a second lieutenant attending the aviation school at the base. Military from around the globe attends the Naval Air Station in Pensacola for flight training.

The shooter was killed after local Escambia County Police Officers responded. Two heroic police officers were shot during their attempt to stop the shooter but are expected to recover.

BREAKING: Rep. Matt Gaetz just announced to ABC News: “This was not a murder. This was an act of terror.”

Listen:

This was not a murder. This was an act of terrorism. pic.twitter.com/AJfTQOOE68

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) December 6, 2019

The style of the #Pensacolashooting doesn’t necessarily resemble one group over another. However, given that ISIS has very little to lose at this point, it wouldn’t be surprising if it claimed the attack, regardless of the attacker’s potential allegiances.

BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: “The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land.”

BREAKING: Tweet by #Pensacola attacker Alshamrani suggests terrorist motive. Does not claim allegiance to any group, but echos Bin Laden: “The security is a shared destiny…You will not be safe until we live it as reality in [Palestine], and American troops get out of our land.” pic.twitter.com/KALH4PXYKy

— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) December 7, 2019

The Gateway Pundit reports – According to Laura Ingraham, three Saudi nationals were filming the terrorist attack today at the Pensacola base.

Six Saudi nationals were arrested following the terrorist attack.

Source: Saudi Military Trainees Expelled from the US…Some “Connected to Extremist Movements”


JUST IN: President Donald Trump Names Four District Court Nominees | Dan Bongino


by Matt Palumbo

President Donald Trump has just named four new nominees for the district courts in Illinois and Pennsylvania.Quoting directly from the White House’s press release, Trump will be nominating the following:

  • David W. Dugan of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. David Dugan currently serves as a Circuit Judge for the 3rd Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois.  Prior to taking the bench in 2017, Judge Dugan was in private practice for more than 30 years, where his practice focused on personal injury and commercial litigation in both State and Federal Courts.  Judge Dugan previously served as an Assistant States Attorney for Madison County, Illinois.  Judge Dugan earned his B.A. from Eastern Illinois University and his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.
  • Iain D. Johnston of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Iain Johnston currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Before taking the bench in 2013, Judge Johnston was a unit supervisor for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General and in private practice at Altheimer & Gray, Holland & Knight LLP, and Johnston Greene LLC.  Judge Johnston also serves as an adjunct professor at UIC John Marshall Law School.  Upon graduation from law school, Judge Johnston served as a law clerk to Judge Philip Godfrey Reinhard of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Judge Johnston earned his B.S., cum laude, from Rockford College and his J.D., cum laude, from UIC John Marshall Law School.
  • Franklin U. Valderrama of Illinois, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Franklin Valderrama currently serves as an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Judge Valderrama serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Rule Committee and the Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence.  Before taking the bench in 2007, Judge Valderrama was a partner at Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman LLP, where his practice focused on trial litigation.  Judge Valderrama has also served as an adjunct professor at UIC John Marshall Law School where he taught Pre-Trial Civil Litigation.  Judge Valderrama earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his J.D. from The DePaul University College of Law.
  • Christy Criswell Wiegand of Pennsylvania, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Christy Wiegand is an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where she prosecutes a variety of crimes, including large-scale drug trafficking, child exploitation, illegal firearms, and fraud.  Previously, Ms. Wiegand served as the Deputy Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office.  Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in 2004, Ms. Wiegand served as a law clerk to Judge D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Wiegand was in private practice at Arnold & Porter LLP, in Washington, D.C., where her practice focused on antitrust matters.  Ms. Wiegand earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Princeton University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Cornell Law Review.

President Trump closed out 2019 with a number of successes in the courts.

During the first week of December, eight judges were confirmed, one of which filled the longest-standing vacancy in the federal judiciary. With that brought the tally of Trump’s confirmed justices to 170, meaning that one out of every five federal judges was appointed by Trump. The breakdown (at the time) was 120 district court confirmations, forty-eight on the circuit courts, and two on the Supreme Court. In a rush before the New Year, the Senate confirmed another thirteen district court nominees, further increasing Trump’s representation in the courts.

Another visible victory has been Trump flipping the historically liberal U.S. Court of Appeals (circuit courts). One in four judges in the circuit courts have now been appointed by Trump. When Trump took office, nine of the nation’s thirteen circuit courts were dominated by Democrat appointees. That’s since shifted to a Republican majority on seven of them (which, at this pace, will presumably increase).

As I noted elsewhere, Trump’s mounting victories in the courts come despite unprecedented opposition from Democrats. In district courts, where appointments are permanent, nearly half of Trump’s appointees have been appointed with greater than 25% opposition, reflecting hyper-partisanship in the Trump era. Only 8% of Obama’s nominees faced such opposition, and only 4% of Bush’s. Seventy-five percent of Trump’s appointees for the U.S. Court of Appeals were confirmed with greater than 25% opposition, while only 9% of Obama’s judges were.

Historically, from 1979-1980, 97% of appointees to both aforementioned courts, and even the Supreme Court, had no opposition.

Source: JUST IN: President Donald Trump Names Four District Court Nominees | Dan Bongino


BREAKING: Blowout Jobs Report – Best Monthly Gain in Nearly Five Years


by Matt Palumbo Posted: February 5, 2020

It’s another month, another blowout jobs report, and this one comes to start out the year.

As CNBC reports, the economy kicked off 2020 in grand fashion, adding 291,000 in private payrolls for the best monthly gain since May 2015, according to a report Wednesday from ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

That was well above the 150,000 estimate from economists surveyed by Dow Jones The total also was a sharp gain from the 199,000 in December.

Some critics argue that there is a “luck” factor in January due to weather. Leisure and hospitality and construction are both weather-sensitive and got boosts from the higher than normal temperatures and low precipitation. Taking that into effect, economist Mark Zandi said the underlying trend for monthly job gains is about half of the January report, or around 150,000, still enough to maintain the unemployment rate. In other words, even assuming Zandi is 100% correct, the addition in jobs would’ve still been enough to maintain the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.

From a size standpoint, the expansion was concentrated in businesses that have 50 to 499 employees, with growth of 128,000. Small companies added 94,000 while large industries grew by 69,000.

That’s not bad news to start out a day for President Trump that will be concluded with his acquittal in the Senate.

The unemployment rate is already below what the Federal Reserve defines as “full employment.” As such, most new jobs are coming from outside of the labor force. According to HiringLabWorkers who are outside the labor force have been the majority of people moving into jobs since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking these flows. For example, recent graduates entering the job market and caretakers returning to paid work skip unemployment and move right into employment. What’s notable is how high this share of flows into employment has gotten. At the peaks of the economic expansions in 2000 and 2007, the share of flows into employment from outside the labor force only briefly got close to 70%. As of November 2019, it has moved all the way up to 74.3%. 

The labor force participation rate stood at 63.2% as of December (data isn’t available for January as of writing), and there is still room for growth. The economy headed into the 2008-09 financial crisis with 66% participation, and peaked in the 2000s at just over 67%. America’s unemployment rate is currently so low that it would have to nearly double to be on par with the European average.

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Florida university to honor first lady Melania Trump with annual ‘Woman of Distinction’ award


Melania Trump Style Diary

Each year for the past 28 years, two women have shared the spotlight as honorees at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Women of Distinction awards luncheon.

This year, that spotlight will be on only one.

PBAU has announced that first lady Melania Trump is its 2020 Woman of Distinction. She will be the sole honoree at the luncheon, which honors women who have made significant contributions to the community…

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2020/01/09/melania-trump-honored-florida-palm-beach-woman-distinction/4418646002/?fbclid=IwAR1aWR51DSUnJ6i0y0dYoOzq2ek8WtTB1EGXxP5kkx53cH0y0ZxBSj02g5o


President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart White House for a weekend at their Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, Jan. 31, 2020. She wore a tan poncho with dark trim and pale blue patches, with tall suede boots.
President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron Trump arrive at the White House, Feb. 2, 2020, from a weekend trip at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for the annual New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 31, 2019. She is wearing a Givenchy gown, sparkly gold on top, sparkly black on the bottom.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive for Christmas Eve service at Family Church Downtown in West Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 24, 2019. She wore a black skirt with a handkerchief hem and a black top with a jeweled neckline, plus Christian Louboutin pumps with 5-inch heels.

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Iran hints at de-escalating tensions with US, World News | wionews.com


WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 13, 2020, 10.50 AM(IST)Edited By: Abhilash Mahajan

Qatar is one of a few countries in the region that maintains a close relationship with Washington and Tehran.

Story highlights

On Sunday, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani met Iranian president.

Iran on Sunday hinted de-escalation of tensions with the United States which were triggered nearly two weeks ago when top commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike by Washington in Iraq.

On Sunday, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said that both countries agreed de-escalation is the “only solution” to the ongoing crisis after he met Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in his visit to Iran.

Also read: Iran’s sole female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh says she left her country for Europe

Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Hassan Rouhani

(Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani | Photo Credit: AFP)

“This visit comes at a critical time in the region,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani said.

Also read: ‘Do not kill your protesters, world is watching’, Trump warns Iran

“We agreed… that the only solution to these crises is de-escalation from everyone and dialogue.”

Rouhani said: “We’ve decided to have more consultations and cooperation for the security of the entire region.”

Iran protests

(A woman shouts slogans as she gathers with people to show their sympathy to the victims of the crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane, flight PS 752, in Tehran, Iran | Photo Credit: Reuters)

Earlier today, Trump tweeted that US NSA suggested that “sanctions & protests have Iran choked off,” and will force the country to “negotiate”.

“Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and “don’t kill your protesters,” the tweet added.

The protests began on Saturday in Iran after Rouhani admitted that “human error” brought down the Boeing 737, which killed 176 people.

Hundreds of students also shouted “death to liars” at a memorial at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University on Saturday. Some protests in the Islamic Republic also demanded the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

On Sunday, heightened tensions were observed once again after security was beefed up near the iconic Azadi Square south of the centre in Tehran.

Riot police were deployed in Amir Kabir, Sharif and Tehran universities and Enqelab Square in the Iranian capital.

Earlier, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said that “Canada and the world still have many questions, questions that must be answered”. Trudeau also said it is necessary for Canada to participate in the investigation of the crashed aircraft in which 57 Canadians were killed.

Ukraine demanded that guilty of those responsible in the crash be brought to justice and asked for the payment of compensation to the victims’ family.

Source: Iran hints at de-escalating tensions with US, World News | wionews.com


Brexit boss Nigel Farage to attend Trump’s State of the Union


Nigel Farage is coming to Washington.

The Brexit boss will attend President Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Farage is expected to land in the United States Sunday, according to a new report from The Sunday Times of London.

The arrival is a victory lap of sorts for the divisive British populist, who helped lead his country out of the European Union after years and turmoil and delay. Farage — who has become a cult figure among some American conservatives — says he had turned down multiple offers to relocate to the US to work as a radio host.

The British vote to leave the EU came just months before Trump’s upset triumph over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and the pair are known to be chummy.

“Most of my interactions with Trump you never hear about,” he told the paper “He likes me because I don’t blab.”

Source: Brexit boss Nigel Farage to attend Trump’s State of the Union


How the House destroyed its own case for the Trump impeachment | TheHill


Source: How the House destroyed its own case for the Trump impeachment | TheHill

 
 
 
“Situation quiet. The captain has been put away for the night.” The words from the movie “The Caine Mutiny” came to mind on Friday when House leaders announced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would not move until next week in submitting the impeachment of President Trump to a Senate trial. While various Democrats have publicly grumbled about the delay, going into its fourth week, without any sign of success in forcing the Senate to call witnesses, Pelosi continued a strategy that could jeopardize not just any trial but the rules governing impeachment. Indeed, Pelosi may force the Senate into a couple of unprecedented but well deserved rulings.

From the outset, the ploy of Pelosi withholding the House impeachment articles was as implausible as it was hypocritical. There was no reason why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would make concessions to get an impeachment that he loathed. More importantly, just a couple of days earlier, House leaders insisted that some of us were wrong to encourage them to wait on an impeachment vote to create a more complete record. Pelosi previously insisted that House committees could not pursue direct witnesses like former national security adviser John Bolton because there was no time to delay in getting this impeachment to the Senate. She then waited a month and counting to send the articles over to the Senate.

The delay now seems largely driven by a desire to preserve the image of Pelosi as a master strategist despite a blunder of the first order. Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed the frustration of many members in saying, “The longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes. So if it is serious and urgent, send them over. If it is not, do not send it over.” But she and other members were quickly pressured to “correct” their earlier statements by stating the exact opposite and praising the brilliant strategy of Pelosi.

Perhaps the most pathetic change was House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, who correctly stated, “At the end of the day, just like we control it in the House, Mitch McConnell controls it in the Senate. It does not look like that is going to happen. I think it is time to send the impeachment to the Senate and let Mitch McConnell be responsible for the fairness of the trial. He ultimately is.” It took just a few hours for Pelosi to get Smith to say that he “misspoke” and praise her inspired strategy.

Now what started as a demand to guarantee Senate witnesses has been downgraded to a demand to “know the rules” while waiting for the Senate to take a vote that it indicated weeks ago. In the alternative, sympathetic media figures insisted that Pelosi succeeded in “forcing a discussion” of Senate witnesses despite the fact that we had the same discussion in the trial of Bill Clinton without the House deciding to withhold the articles.

The fact is that Pelosi played into the hands of McConnell by first rushing this impeachment forward with an incomplete record and now giving him the excuse to summarily change the rules, or even to dismiss the articles. Waiting for the House to submit a list of managers was always a courtesy extended by Senate rules and not a requirement of the Constitution. By inappropriately withholding the articles of impeachment and breaking with tradition, Pelosi simply gave McConnell ample reason to exercise the “nuclear option” and change the rules on both majority voting as well as the rule for the start of trials. That is a high price to pay for her vanity.

It could get even worse for the House case. I previously discussed that the Senate had an excuse to simply declare that a trial will start next week and either the House will appear with a team of managers or the case will be summarily dismissed. McConnell is now moving toward a summary vote in the Senate, in light of the House failing to comply with its own procedural obligations. That is what happens when prosecutors defy a court and fail to appear for a trial. It is known as “dismissal for want of prosecution.”

The Senate also is faced with two threshold problems that could create lasting damage to this process. First, the obstruction of Congress count, as I previously discussed, raises a troubling position that a president can be impeached for going to the courts rather than turning over evidence, even when the House set a ridiculously brief period for an investigation. The Senate could summarily reject that article as making the request for judicial review into a high crime and misdemeanor while allowing little time for deliberation. Second, if the Senate agrees to the Democratic demand for witnesses, it invites future rush impeachments where the House sends woefully incomplete and inadequate cases and demands witnesses it never bothered to subpoena, let alone compel to appear.

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The Senate is, therefore, caught in a tough position of enabling the House in such slipshod impeachments or refusing to hear witnesses who, unlike the witnesses called by the House, could have direct evidence to share on the allegations. One possibility is that, as in a real court, the Senate could allow witnesses but give the House a set trial schedule. If the House wants to belatedly go to court to try to enforce a subpoena, the Senate will hear the testimony of witnesses like Bolton when that expedited litigation is complete. However, it will not extend the trial schedule of the Senate.

Trials will usually last a fraction of the time of an investigation, but few investigations are as hurried or heedless as the House investigation was. The House wasted four months after the whistleblower complaint without issuing a subpoena to Bolton or Rudy Giuliani or others. Had it sought to compel such subpoenas, it would have had rulings from the courts by now. Indeed, it took only three months for the appeal over the Watergate tapes to be ruled on by the Supreme Court in the case of Richard Nixon.

The Senate could set a generous period for the trial of three weeks. That is in addition to the four weeks the House wasted on the poorly conceived ploy by Pelosi. If the House is ready to present these witnesses, they can be heard. But if those witnesses are not ready to testify due to ongoing litigation, they will not be called and the Senate will proceed to its verdict. In that way, future Houses are now on notice that it is in their interest to complete their records before sending an impeachment to the Senate.

It would send a message for future impeachments, as the author Herman Wouk wrote, “Remember this, if you can. There is nothing more precious than time. You probably feel you have a measureless supply of it, but you have not. Wasted hours destroy your life just as surely at the beginning as at the end, only in the end it becomes more obvious.” It is now obvious.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law for George Washington University and served as the last lead counsel during a Senate impeachment trial. He testified as a witness expert in the House Judiciary Committee hearing during the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.

 

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