Trump Impeachment: Day 5 + Sunday Talk Shows

The Impeachment of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, is underway. The rules of the impeachment include that once the articles are submitted that the Senate drop all other business in favor of this until it comes to a conclusion. The House Managers wrapped up their presentation Friday night with their three days / 24 hours allotted to them. The White House defense team is up next but as their client has called Saturday the death valley of ratings, and ratings are what he cares about, it’s expected to be a short session so that they can go full-throated on Monday.

Democrats are not making an issue of this as it allows their Senators that are running for President to spend a good chunk of Saturday and all of Sunday in Iowa ahead of the caucuses there.

This thread will serve as both the Saturday day five coverage as well as any talk show follow-up tomorrow. We’ll return Monday morning with a day six discussion.

The Senate will be hearing presentations beginning this morning as Chief Justice John Roberts has no Supreme Court duties in the morning. The session will again be regarding two Articles of Impeachment:

  • Article I, “Abuse of Power,” accuses Trump of pressuring the Ukrainian government into announcing an investigation into the Bidens by withholding both a White House meeting and military aid.
  • Article II, “Obstruction of Congress,” accuses Trump of trying to impede the impeachment inquiry by urging government agencies not to comply with subpoenas and witnesses not to cooperate.

All the usual rules apply to this thread as it does to others and the PT thread, but this is not a daily PT thread as we hope folks that normally don’t follow politics will be able to follow along and understand the importance of this, the third impeachment in the history of the United States.