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Madam Speaker: Don't Budge Until Trump is Dead Meat

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Madam Speaker, Mitch McConnell blocked Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination for 293 days, in order to get what he wanted: an archconservative justice instead.

If you can stomach following suit, adopting McConnell's delaying tactic will open an unprecedented opportunity: a chance for you alone to cause Donald Trump's removal from office.

At the moment Mr. McConnell is negotiating with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to set the rules for the Senate trial, and in a brilliant move you are withholding the Impeachment Resolution until a fair and impartial proceeding is assured. But no agreement with McConnell's name on it can be trusted, even if he accepts Schumer's demand for witnesses. He will game the system again if he has to, as he did in the Garland episode, so please do not transmit the Resolution any time soon. Withholding it is the only way to finesse McConnell, to prevent a sham trial. Don't budge.

No one expects Trump to be convicted, because today McConnell really doesn't need trickery: he has the votes in his pocket for a finding of innocence. But the case for conviction will gather strength in the weeks and months ahead, as Trump's stonewalling of evidence crumbles in one court decision after another. You will need to let this happen, Madam Speaker.

So take a cue from the Majority Leader: sit on the Impeachment Resolution until you get what you wantan open-and-shut case to convict the president and remove him from office. This will take some time; you might have to remain sitting for say, 293 days, but there is no legal barrier prohibiting that if need be.

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