Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:17:01 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Trump faces fight in Senate impeachment trial

photo by

  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

NBC News, Washington  :
The closer Republicans get to a Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the more it looks like an improvised political explosive.
The White House and the Senate Republican Conference are united in their desire to dispose of it, but divided over how to do that in the way that inflicts the most damage on Democrats and the least harm on them - a show that gives Trump the chance to turn the tables on his accusers, or a quick dismissal that amounts to an exercise in self-preservation for him and GOP senators.
In other words, it's fight or flight time for Trump.
With his legacy, his re-election and his movement on the line - at a time when congressional Republicans are in lockstep defense of his actions - it would be quite a silent retreat for the chest-thumping, trash-talking Trump to slip away from the chance to have a made-for-TV trial befitting his reality-era presidency.
"I wouldn't mind the long process, because I'd like to see the whistleblower, who's a fraud, having the whistleblower called to testify in the Senate trial," he said Friday, referring to the anonymous intelligence community official who first accused him of wrongdoing in a complaint filed with the intelligence community inspector general.
He also noted that he believes that the House's impeachment process - the Judiciary Committee there approved two articles against him on Friday morning and the full House is expected to approve them next week - has benefited him.
"It's a very sad thing for our country, but it seems to be very good for me politically," he told reporters.
And yet he also signaled some willingness to listen to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and some White House advisers who prefer a trial with more "no" and less show.
"I'll do long or short," he said.
But while McConnell has kept power in the Republican Conference for more than a decade by averting risk, Trump didn't get to the Oval Office by playing it safe. His instincts likely lean toward brawling.
The hope inside the GOP right now is that if he does, it's with Democrats - not fellow Republicans. And so they're seeking a sweet spot of consensus that suits him.
"The president should have every right to put on the defense he wants," said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who is among a group of lawmakers that resisted McConnell's initial plan for a quick trial that would preclude witnesses. "And I have every confidence that [White House Counsel] Pat Cipollone and the rest of the president's defense team will give him the best advice to make the right decision."
The calculus is complicated by a set of instincts and interests shared by the president and some of his most aggressive allies in the Senate that are broadly at odds with those of McConnell, R-Ky., Republican senators in tough re-election bids and White House officials who fear that a circus-like trial could result in unnecessary pain for everyone.
Like any leader of a party caucus in Congress, McConnell's first loyalty has to be to his peers and keeping them in power. But what's perceived as good for Republicans in hard re-election fights - a quick trial that puts less of a spotlight on Trump's alleged misdeeds and the senators' handling of them - doesn't fit with Trump's apparent desire to present his case before the presidential election season heats up.
This Senate, a far more hospitable arena for Trump than the House, is the only remaining venue for him to litigate it.
"What's interesting is they're totally split on it right now," said Rachel Bovard, a former Senate Republican aide who keeps in close touch with GOP officials. Some "want to sail directly into the wind ... that's what the president wants."
The truth, is either option could backfire.
A speedy trial might make Trump look more guilty, because Democrats will argue he ran and hid behind Republican votes without defending himself. At the same time, a longer version might expose Trump and GOP senators to further revelations about the Ukraine scandal, or simply the humiliation of a public spectacle.
"Get it over fast is the best way," Bovard said, concluding that more time tends to lead to unforced errors for Senate Republicans. "Everything they touch goes sideways."
McConnell is clearly eager to avoid a bigger public split with Trump that could hurt Republican senators with Trump's base. On Friday, he spoke with Fox News' Sean Hannity about his efforts to coordinate with Cipollone, who may lead the president's defense on the Senate floor and who could, conceivably, be a witness in the trial.
But even in tying himself to Cipollone, he revealed that he remains favorable to a quiet trial that would be positively un-Trumpian.
"I'm going to take my cues from the president's lawyers," McConnell said. "But, yes, If you know you have the vote, you've listened to the arguments on both sides, and believe the case is so slim, so weak that you have the votes to end it, that might be what the president's lawyers would prefer, and you could certainly make a case for making it shorter rather than longer since it's such a weak case."
Of course, the president doesn't always do what his lawyers want - especially if they're telling him to shut up and take the win.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Front Page »

Martyred Intellectuals’ Day today

UNB, Dhaka :Bangladesh will observe the Martyred Intellectuals Day to commemorate the intellectuals killed by Pakistan occupation forces and their local collaborators just before the end of the Liberation War.On this day in 1971, some of the country's renowned academicians, doctors, engineers, journalists, artists, teachers and other eminent personalities were ...

Editorial »

Import coal but close those brick kilns which are using coals

Coal imports are soaring day by day. Hundreds of brick kilns are now using  an increasing quantity of coal to meet the growing demand of both public and private sectors. Newspapers reported, imports of the fossil fuel rose 70 percent year-on-year to 57.54 lakh tonnes in the fiscal year 2018-19. ...

Football »

Greenwood, Saka star as United and Arsenal youth shine in Europa League

AFP, Paris :Teenager Mason Greenwood again grabbed his chances for Manchester United, scoring twice in a 4-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday.Earlier Arsenal came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Standard Liege and also make sure of a place in the last 32 ...

International »

EU ready for next round of Brexit after Johnson win

AFP, Brussels :EU leaders said Friday they were ready for the next phase of Brexit, just hours after the resounding victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's party that all but seals Britain's divorce from the bloc.The Europeans had widely expressed hope for a convincing victory in the British vote to ...

Editorial »

Save the jute mill workers

AT least 29 jute mill workers fell ill from starvation and dehydration on Wednesday in Khulna, on the second day of the indefinite hunger strike being observed by thousands of workers --  and their family members -- of nine state-owned jute mills in the Khulna-Jashore industrial belt. Around 31,000 people ...

Football »

Jesus 'cannot stop scoring' as hat-trick lifts Man City's mood in Zagreb

Gabriel Jesus said he cannot afford to stop scoring goals after a hat-trick helped Manchester City put their Premier League woes to one side with a 4-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital on Wednesday.The Brazilian is making the most of his extended run in the ...

Football »

Neymar makes impression as PSG crush Galatasaray

AFP, Paris :Neymar marked his first start in a Champions League game in a year by scoring one goal and setting up two more as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) cruised to a 5-0 win over Galatasaray on Wednesday.Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia netted in the first half at the Parc des ...

International »

Support Gambia to prove genocide in Myanmar

The governments of all the countries and international community have been urged to extend all possible support to The Gambia to ensure justice for the victims of genocide committed against the Rohingyas in the Rakhine State by Myanmar authorities. The call was made at a reception hosted in honour of ...

International »

Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

AP, Barcelona  :When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons' belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an ...

Entertainment »

Alia Bhatt named sexiest Asian Woman of 2019

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has been named the sexiest Asian Woman of 2019 and Deepika Padukone, who got the second spot on the list has been named the sexiest woman of the decade by of the British newspaper Eastern Eye that recently named Hrithik Roshan as the Sexiest Asian Man ...

Editorial »

Indian citizenship law to create instability in this region

PROTESTORS across India, particularly in northeast India, set fire to tyres and cut down trees to block roads on Tuesday after lawmakers approved the government's new citizenship bill. The legislation was placed before the upper house on Wednesday. It would fast-track citizenship for religious minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, ...

Cricket »

New Zealand brace for Australian challenge, sweat on Boult fitness

The validity and durability of New Zealand's ranking and run of success in Test cricket will be tested in the sport's most hostile environment when it meet Australia on Thursday to open a three-match series.New Zealand have risen to No. 2 in the world test rankings after an unbeaten string ...

Entertainment »

Shalini Pandey is Ranveer’s heroine in Jayeshbhai Jordaar

Shalini Pandey had mesmerised everyone with her infectious charm and acting prowess in the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy and we can confirm that her big Bollywood launch will be as Ranveer Singh’s heroine in the much-anticipated Jayeshbhai Jordaar releasing next year. Shalini debuts with this Yash Raj Films production whose ...

International »

Foreign interference in US elections 'unacceptable': Pompeo

AP, Washington :Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that any foreign interference in American elections is "unacceptable" and warned Russia and others that the Trump administration will protect the integrity of the vote.In wide-ranging talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov that also included disputes over arms control ...

International »

Johnson on track for 24-seat majority: Focaldata

Reuters, London :Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party is on track for a 24-seat majority after Thursday's general election, polling company Focaldata forecast on Tuesday, down sharply from its forecast last month of an 82-seat majority.Focaldata predicted that the Conservatives would win 337 seats in the 650-seat parliament, followed by ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news