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32,067. 1/7/2020

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @marcorubio: Worth repeating. The testimony & evidence considered in a Senate impeachment trial should be the same testimony & evidenc…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 7, 2020 6:55 am

32,038. 1/3/2020

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Senate leaders wrangled on Friday [1-3-20] over the terms of President Trump’s impeachment trial, deepening their impasse and throwing the start date further into doubt amid disputes over whether to call witnesses or introduce documentary evidence. In a pair of barbed back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor, the top Republican and the top Democrat traded charges of hypocrisy and unfair dealing, settling nothing in the high-stakes fight over the shape of the constitutional proceeding that will decide Mr. Trump’s fate. The feuding on the first day of a new legislative session indicated that two weeks of holiday respite had done little to break a logjam that began late last year when Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she would not transmit two impeachment articles approved by the Democratic-led House to prompt the start of a trial until the Senate agreed to a fair process.”

Nicholas Fandos, “Impeachment Impasse Deepens in Senate, Leaving Trump’s Trial in Doubt, “ The New York Times online, January 3, 2020

32,016. 1/3/2020

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. Senate remained at a stalemate on Friday [1-3-20] over how to proceed with the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, as the chamber’s leaders wrangled over whether White House aides will be called as witnesses and the top Democrat appealed to a handful of Republicans who could help break the impasse. After a two-week holiday recess, there was still no clarity about when Trump’s impeachment trial might begin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, said that in any case the trial could not start without the articles of impeachment, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not yet sent to the Senate. The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives voted in December to impeach Trump for pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential rival in the 2020 presidential election.”

Susan Cornwell, “U.S. Senate in stalemate over how to proceed with Trump impeachment trial,” Reuters, January 3, 2020 10:36 am

31,998. 1/2/2020

IMPEACHMENT/MITCH MCCONNELL/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The standoff that’s placed President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in limbo is entering a new critical juncture as both sides angle to wring political benefit from the proceedings. Greater clarity of the future of Trump’s impeachment could be derived Friday when the US Senate reconvenes and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is likely to speak on the floor. But the prospects for any answers on when the trial will begin or what its parameters might be appear slim. McConnell’s speech will mark a return to the impeachment saga after two weeks of relative quiet, where little was learned about how and when Trump’s trial would begin even as more details about his administration’s attempts to withhold aid to Ukraine were revealed. McConnell hasn’t spoken to either of his Democratic counterparts, Sen. Chuck Schumer or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, people familiar with the lack of conversations said.”

Kevin Liptak, Phil Mattingly and Pamela Brown, “All eyes on McConnell as Senate returns Friday,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, January 2, 2020 6:52 pm

31,996. 1/2/2020

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Republican businesswoman who will soon become Georgia’s newest U.S. senator said Thursday [1-2-20] she plans to vote against removing President Donald Trump from office. Kelly Loeffler is scheduled to be sworn in when the Senate convenes Monday in Washington. Her first vote she casts as a senator could come at the conclusion of Trump’s impeachment trial on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump is expected to be acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate , where a two-thirds vote is necessary for conviction. On social media and in a recent newspaper op-ed column, Loeffler has criticized impeachment proceedings in the Democrat-controlled House as a ‘sham,’ a ‘sideshow’ and a “distraction.” Speaking to reporters Thursday after a tour of the Port of Savannah, she confirmed that she intends to vote “No” on removing Trump from office.”

Russ Bynum, “Georgia’s New GOP Senator Plans ‘No’ Vote on Removing Trump,” US News and World Report, January 2, 2020 4:35 pm

31,959. 12/31/2019

LEGISLATION/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “RT @SenJohnKennedy: The Senate needs to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, and I am proud to cosponsor @SenJoniErnst’s bill that g…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 8:07 pm

31,913. 12/31/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Democrats will do anything to avoid a trial in the Senate in order to protect Sleepy Joe Biden, and expose the millions and millions of dollars that ‘Where’s’ Hunter, & possibly Joe, were paid by companies and countries for doing NOTHING. Joe wants no part of this mess!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 31, 2019 6:16 am

31,902. 12/17/2019

GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House is actively exploring a way to give President Donald Trump’s staunchest House allies a public role in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, according to five sources familiar with the matter, as the president looks to mount an aggressive defense in the upper chamber. One idea under consideration is to allow a collection of House Republicans — who would be fresh off defending Trump in the House — to present a minority report on the Ukraine affair and make their case on the Senate floor, similar to the role Democratic impeachment managers are expected to play in the trial. The idea has been under discussion for several weeks, according to one GOP member familiar with the talks. Some of the names in the mix include Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, two of Trump‘s closest allies, as well as Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, a former prosecutor who sits on both the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.”

Melanie Zanona, Anita Kumar and Darren Samuelsohn, “White House working to feature Trump’s House allies in impeachment trial,” Politico, December 17, 2019 9:20 pm

31,580. 12/11/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @SenTedCruz: What’s happening in the House has become an absolute circus. A show trial. A propaganda trial. When the Senate takes up Dem…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 11, 2019 9:23 am

31,483. 12/10/2019

SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Sen. Kevin Cramer likes to talk. A lot. And the freshman Republican from North Dakota really has no filter, often sharing details of White House meetings or Senate lunches with curious reporters, colleagues and just about anyone who asks. But he’s OK being known as a chatterbox who peppers his speech with profanity and mild insults in his strong Midwestern accent. And the bespectacled 58-year-old even compares himself with another politician with a big mouth: President Donald Trump…As the Senate gets ready for an impeachment trial, Cramer will be one of Trump’s most vocal defenders. He scoffs at the idea that senators should remain neutral as jurors in an impeachment trial and maintains a close relationship with Trump, who he backed early as a House member.”

Marianne Levine and Burgess Everett, “Trump’s Senate alter ego can’t stop talking,” Politico, December 10, 2019 5:00 am

31,300. 12/6/2019

AFRICAN AMERICANS/EDUCATION/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “GREAT WORK yesterday by the Senate to support our Historically Black Colleges and Universities! Thank you @BetsyDeVosED, @SenAlexander, and @SenatorTimScott for your leadership…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 6, 2019 7:06 pm

31,271. 12/6/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “With his impeachment now all-but-certain, President Donald Trump and his allies are beginning to look past the House of Representatives, shifting their sights to the Republican-led Senate where the President will face trial. Trump, who as recently as Wednesday [12-4-19] lamented impeachment as a ‘dirty word,’ has struggled to accept the prospect of becoming the third President in history to be impeached. But the President and White House officials are now signaling they will mount a robust defense in the Senate and look to turn the tables on Democrats during the President’s trial — including by digging in on the President’s unsubstantiated claims of corruption leveled at former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump’s new reality began to set in as he returned from the NATO summit in London, where he canceled a scheduled news conference after a video surfaced appearing to show several world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, mocking Trump’s impromptu question-and-answer sessions with reporters alongside foreign counterparts.”

Jeremy Diamond, Pamela Brown and Kaitlan Collins, “Trump sets his sights on Senate as he comes to grips with impeachment,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, December 6, 2019 5:48 am

31,249. 12/5/2019

DEMS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to ‘Clean the Swamp,’ and that’s what I am doing!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, December 5, 2019 8:01 am

31,105. 11/30/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “’Sen. Tim Scott Says Trump ‘Innocent,’ ‘No Way’ Senate Convicts’ https://t.co/P6ONkI8n0P

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 30, 2019 8:24 pm

31,086. 11/29/2019

IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has already seen it all: contentious public hearings, unexpected bombshells, testimony implicating the President and a fair share of conspiracy theories. The drama could escalate even more in the coming weeks as Congress moves to the next phase and preps for Trump’s potential trial in the Senate. House Democrats spent the last two months interviewing witnesses and preparing their case against Trump. The House Intelligence Committee is now writing a report that will detail the allegations that might make their way into formal articles of impeachment. Another committee has scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday to delve into the constitutional issues at play…It’s a safe bet that House Democrats will vote to impeach Trump, which would trigger a public trial next year in the Senate. Witnesses could be called back to testify, and new players might get involved, too. This is a rarely-ventured corner of American democracy, and there will be new twists and turns while senators deliberate whether they should remove Trump from office.”

Marshall Cohen, “5 surprises from the impeachment inquiry: A sign of what’s to come at Trump’s Senate trial,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, November 29, 2019 3:15 pm

30,619. 11/14/2019

GOP/SENATE/SYRIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TURKEY: “At one point during his extraordinary joint press conference with President Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan turned his attention to the U.S. Senate. The chamber, he contended, would stop the ‘vicious cycle’ started by the House, which had passed biting sanctions on his country. But senators have a clear response to Erdogan that’s at odds with Trump’s friendly rhetoric toward the strongman leader: Don’t count on it. From Trump critics to stalwart allies of the president, many Republicans said Thursday that Erdogan’s visit to Washington had not changed any hearts or minds about Turkey, even after Trump lavished Erdogan with praise and he met privately with five Senate critics. At that meeting, Erdogan showed senators an anti-Kurd propaganda video, which seemed to backfire with the attendees. Republicans remain deeply frustrated with Trump’s withdrawal from Northern Syria and the Turkish incursion that followed.”

Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine, “Republicans eye rebellion against Trump with Turkey sanctions,” Politico, November 14, 2019 6:15 pm

30,617. 11/14/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump hosted a group of Republican senators Thursday [11-14-19] afternoon for lunch and showed them an account of his first call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, according to three sources familiar with the matter. The Republican senators who attended the lunch included Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Jerry Moran of Kansas. Trump tweeted Monday that he would release a transcript of the April 21 call this week but the White House has yet to publicly share the document. The administration previously released a summary of Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky, which showed he requested the Ukrainian president investigate the Biden family.”

Marianne Levine, Anita Kumar and Burgess Everett, “Trump shows GOP senators summary of his first call with Ukraine president,” Politico, November 14, 2019 5:51 pm

30,616. 11/14/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate on Thursday [11-14-19] confirmed President Donald Trump’s judicial nominee to the powerful 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals despite bipartisan frustration over his refusal to answer questions during his confirmation hearing. In a 51-41 vote, the Senate confirmed Steven Menashi, with moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining Democrats in voting against him. Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced criticism from Democrats and Republicans for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or about his tenure as a lawyer at the Department of Education, under Secretary Betsy DeVos…In addition to his confirmation hearing performance, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized Menashi last week for a New York Times story reporting that he wrote a plan for the Department of Education to deny debt relief to students cheated by for-profit colleges.”

Marianne Levine, “Senate confirms controversial Trump judicial nominee,” Politico, November 14, 2019 2:32 pm

30,362. 11/7/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday [11-7-19] voted to advance President Donald Trump’s court pick to the powerful 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — setting up a contentious vote when he reaches the full chamber. Steven Menashi, an associate counsel to the president, faced backlash from Democrats and Republicans during his September confirmation hearing for declining to answer questions about his work for the White House or for the Department of Education, where he was a lawyer. And Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said in October she’d oppose Menashi, saying in a statement it was ‘inappropriate’ for the nominee to refuse to answer senators’ questions and that his ‘past writings, particularly about women, LGBTQ advocates, and diversity, raise questions about whether he has the appropriate judicial temperament.’”

Marianne Levine, “Senate Judiciary Committee advances controversial Trump pick,” Politico, November 7, 2019 12:39 pm

30,224. 11/3/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “False stories are being reported that a few Republican Senators are saying that President Trump may have done a quid pro quo, but it doesn’t matter, there is nothing wrong with that, it is not an impeachable event. Perhaps so, but read the transcript, there is no quid pro quo!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, November 3, 2019 7:59 pm

30,114. 10/31/2019

GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “President Donald Trump on Thursday [10-31-19] continued courting the Republicans who will determine whether or not he is removed from office, telling a group of nine GOP senators that he was glad he had released the summary of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Over chicken lunch in the Roosevelt Room, the president repeatedly referenced the summary of his call as exculpatory and touted the opposition of two House Democrats to the House’s impeachment resolution on Thursday, according to attendees. House impeachment inquiry witnesses have asserted that Trump had used aid to Ukraine as a condition for investigating his political rival Joe Biden, but Trump still sees the White House readout of the July 25 call as his best defense…The president and senators did not discuss Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s assertion that some of the transcript of the call was omitted from the summary released from the White House.”

Burgess Everett, “Trump touts Ukraine call during meeting with Republican senators,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:02 pm

30,079. 10/31/2019

GOP/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump is rewarding senators who have his back on impeachment — and sending a message to those who don’t to get on board. Trump is tapping his vast fundraising network for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020. Each of them has signed onto a Republican-backed resolution condemning the inquiry as ‘unprecedented and undemocratic.’ Conspicuously absent from the group is Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a politically vulnerable Republican who’s refused to support the resolution and avoided taking a stance on impeachment. With his new push, Trump is exerting leverage over a group he badly needs in his corner with an impeachment trial likely coming soon to the Senate — but that also needs him. Republican senators on the ballot next year are lagging in fundraising, stoking uncertainty about the GOP’s hold on the chamber, and could use the fundraising might of the president.”

Alex Isenstadt, “Trump lures GOP senators on impeachment with cold cash,” Politico, October 31, 2019 5:00 am

30,060. 10/30/2019

COURTS/NOMINATIONS/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump is nearing a milestone in his push to overhaul the federal judiciary with conservative judges. If the Senate confirms a batch of nominees now working their way through the approval process, a quarter of the nation’s 179 appeals court judges — those sitting just below the Supreme Court — will be appointees of Mr. Trump. That number is far higher than the number of appointees to the appeals court that either George W. Bush or Barack Obama had made at this point in their presidencies. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday [10-31-19] on advancing a group of nominees, including several to the appeals court. But in a break from most other nominees over the past two and a half years, two of them do not have uniform support among Republicans. Votes on Steven J. Menashi, a White House lawyer being considered for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in New York, and Halil Suleyman Ozerden, a federal judge in Mississippi nominated for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based in New Orleans, had been delayed.”

Rebecca R. Ruiz, “Two Disputed Judicial Nominees Could Help Trump Reach Milestone,” The New York Times online, October 30, 2019

30,054. 10/30/2019

DEMS/IMPEACHMENT/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “‘Precisely the same program that the Democrats are trying to Impeach President Trump for supposedly slow walking, tomorrow, right here in the Senate, they (the Dems) say they’re going to filibuster for the exact same program.’ @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell. Do Nothing Democrats!”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 30, 2019 9:32 am

29,913. 10/25/2019

GOP/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @realDonaldTrump: I appreciate the support of Senator @LindseyGraham, @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell, and their Great Senate Republican c…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 25, 2019 10:18 pm