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  #2650852 10-Feb-2021 10:27
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Only in America  😉  ...

 

 

 

The Washington Post - One of Trump’s impeachment lawyers sued him last year - and accused him of making claims about fraud with ‘no evidence’

 

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Last year, Philadelphia lawyer Michael T. van der Veen filed a lawsuit against then-President Donald Trump accusing him of making “repeated claims” that mail voting is ripe with fraud “despite having no evidence in support of these claims.”

 

This week, van der Veen is adopting a different posture as part of the team of attorneys defending Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election result in his Senate impeachment trial.

 

How a longtime personal-injury lawyer found himself at the center of that trial, which opened Tuesday, may say more about his client than his own legal career. 

 

Trump struggled to find lawyers to take on his case, parting ways with several who were unwilling to claim that the 2020 election was stolen, as the president is said to have wanted them to do. ...

 


It has been just a few months since [van der Veen's] name was on a very different legal document - a lawsuit against Trump, the U.S. Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy filed in federal court in August on behalf of an independent candidate who last year unsuccessfully sought to challenge Rep. Dwight Evans (D-Pa.). 

 

 

 





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  #2650915 10-Feb-2021 11:18
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Just now:

 





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  #2650954 10-Feb-2021 12:17
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freitasm:

 

Just now:

 

 

 

 

 

So that's it, folks: he will be acquitted again. If you can't get a 2/3 majority on whether the trial should even proceed, you're not going to get it on whether he's guilty.





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  #2650959 10-Feb-2021 12:25
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SaltyNZ:

So that's it, folks: he will be acquitted again. If you can't get a 2/3 majority on whether the trial should even proceed, you're not going to get it on whether he's guilty.

 

 

Not necessarily. You only need a simple majority to decide to proceed which they've got, some Republicans may be holding back their one vote that matters for whether he's guilty or not.

 

 

Probably not, but it might still happen.

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The trial of former president Donald Trump began with a powerful video presentation from the House impeachment managers that continually juxtaposed Trump’s haranguing of the mob with footage of their assault on the Capitol.


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  #2652970 10-Feb-2021 13:10
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The Washington Post - The 5-Minute Fix

 

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Tuesday’s impeachment news, in a sentence: The Senate will move forward with Trump’s second impeachment trial after a 56-44 vote on its constitutionality, a tally that is another signal former president Donald Trump is likely headed for acquittal.

 

The vote largely mirrored the one last month in which all but five Republicans objected to holding the trial, saying it’s unconstitutional to try a former president this way.

 

Only one Republican, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) voted differently this time.

 

It’s hard to see any Republican senator who has said the trial is unconstitutional - twice - turning around and voting to convict Trump later. ...

 



 





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  #2652975 10-Feb-2021 13:21
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IMHO, one positive aspect of this judicial fracas is that the intransigence of the GOP is being made more obvious to the American public.





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  #2652976 10-Feb-2021 13:23
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geekIT:

 

IMHO, one positive aspect of this judicial fracas is that the intransigence of the GOP is being made more obvious to the American public.

 

 

 

 

True, but I don't think anyone's mind is going to be changed.





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  #2653025 10-Feb-2021 13:44
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His (second) acquittal will just re-enforce what his first acquittal told us. Party before country, and the POTUS truly is above the law.


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  #2653039 10-Feb-2021 14:19
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Paul1977:

 

Party before country, and the POTUS truly is above the law.

 

 

The Founding Fathers wanted to avoid having a monarch.

 

They would be appalled to know they can now have an Emperor.


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  #2653068 10-Feb-2021 15:25
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geekIT:

IMHO, one positive aspect of this judicial fracas is that the intransigence of the GOP is being made more obvious to the American public.



What percentage of the American public could use the word "intransigence" in a sentence?

"Being stubborn as a mule," "bull-headed," "having faith," "never giving up" ",having a one-track mind" are commonly held up as aspirational.

E. W. Howe: "A man will do more for his stubbornness than for his religion or his country."

Joseph Joubert: "Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth. "



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  #2653070 10-Feb-2021 15:29
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Paul1977:

His (second) acquittal will just re-enforce what his first acquittal told us. Party before country, and the POTUS truly is above the law.



When the POTUS is from your party, he's truly is above the law.

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  #2653081 10-Feb-2021 15:50
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A problem is American incumbents are almost guaranteed reelection. They know most Americans also have very short memories.

Being mostly white male millionaires, most Americans politicians don't care about about ordinary workers.

The reelection graph below is worse than it seems, because it doesn't separate those who have retired / died.


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  #2653145 10-Feb-2021 16:15
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kingdragonfly:
Paul1977:

 

His (second) acquittal will just re-enforce what his first acquittal told us. Party before country, and the POTUS truly is above the law.

 



When the POTUS is from your party, he's truly is above the law.

 

Which pretty much makes any POTUS above the law in such a partisan environment. With most senators voting along party lines there could never be a 2/3 vote for conviction, regardless of who is being impeached - or for what.


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  #2653211 10-Feb-2021 18:12
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The Washington Post

 

A reader's comment from today's coverage of the Trump trial ...

 

 

I wish the Republicans would ask themselves, "What if a Democrat did the same exact thing?  Said the same things, spun people up over a 'stolen election' without giving substantiating facts.  Asked people to march to the Capitol and 'fight like hell'.   

 

If a Democrat did the same thing, where would they stand?   Would they seek impeachment and want to make a strong statement that this behavior is not tolerated in a free republic?   Something tells me they would be enraged, seeking to make an example of such a now former President.

 

But politicians in general do not hold themselves to the same standards to which they hold their opponents.   It's all about politics and political advantage.   

 

This is why the American people are tired of our elected leaders, and hold them in such low esteem.   

 

Shame on those in the Senate who don't have the courage and morals to call Trump's actions what they were:  a clear call to arms with resulting damage.   

 

Your deal with the devil will continue to cost you dearly.

 

 


Well said.   😐

 

 





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