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The Margin Got Larger, But Trump Was Acquitted on the Wrong Impeachment Count

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So Mitch McConnell says, "We have a criminal justice system in this country. We have civil litigation. And former Presidents are not immune from being held accountable by either one." He adds, (Trump) hasn't gotten away yet-- yet." You gotta wonder if what he means with the second "yet" is that somehow he'll try to help Donald Trump against the landslide of trouble that is going to drop on him.

And although I'm sure Joe Biden would prefer Trump to just go away, and not take up the time everybody in both Parties says is being (or will be) wasted in the fight against the pandemic by hounding Trump through the DOJ, it's likely to be impossible to avoid some sort of aftershocks in the federal government due to Trump's behavior and his expected but unfortunate acquittal according to the rules of impeachment.

Merrick Garland would have been a superior Supreme Court Justice, had McConnell not whipped his Party against him for a year, first, to avoid a Barack Obama-named Justice, but also to do nothing more or less than distract from the Republican candidate's outlying vengeance-for-the forgotten-white-worker narrative.

Will that mean that as AG he will be inclined to go after Trump? I don't think he is petty enough to do so under present circumstances. However, the sudden appearance of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is proof that some scandal, at some high level, might make it impossible to avoid federal prosecution.

And grand juries take a while; the Democrats' sounder strategy may be to let a couple of those Claymores blow up in Trump's face before making any legal move against him.

Federal prosecution may be politically unnecessary, regardless of what some people may say about completely doing justice.

However, this all could have been so simple, could have been done in a day or two, and been voted on on the 19th of January, had the House brought the proper count of impeachment: to wit, the Attempted Interference with a legally conducted election by the President in the case of his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. They could have brought both counts, and conviction would have been automatic, unless every GOP Senator who voted for acquittal on the Attempted Interference count wanted to be on the record as condoning the crime that Trump's phone call revealed.

"Find me 11,780 votes," Trump demanded. Attempted Extortion could also be charged; Trump threatened Raffensperger with serious political consequences.

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And of course, merely overturning the vote in Georgia would not have won him the election. And by the time of the Raffensperger phone call (January 2)-- decide for yourself what his intent was-- he had lost dozens of lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin. His personal desperation at knowing he had lost was driving him to commit a crime against the nation.

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The GOP was never going to convict him. Mitch said Trump was morally responsible for what happened after the speech and still voted to acquit. As for all the GOP brought up about Dems making same fight, fight threats, impeach them Dems too. Clean house.

Any honorable person would have taken responsibility for what happened after that speech. That is what John Quincy Adams sounded like when did hear he said, "If he did a crime while in office, they could him impeach him out of office."

And for a day on 1-5-2021 the year looked to start in right direction with two Religious Right Senators losing in Georgia. The RR is about as close to what the lamb gave his life for as the Scribes and Pharisees, who had him killed were to what children of Abe are about.

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"Leticia James and Cyrus Vance Jr. are going to keep him so busy..."

Not to mention the new Fulton County DA, Fani Willis, who is clearly aiming at the phone call as part of her investigation.

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"Find me 11,780 votes," Trump demanded. Attempted Extortion could also be charged; Trump threatened Raffensperger with serious political consequences.

He sounded like a mob boss, and made denunciations of Raffensperger that were quite obviously personal. He said Georgia "hated" the Governor and the Secretary of State.

Political consequences, on second thought, is too timid a characterization. He literally called Raffensperger a criminal for allegedly knowing all about the steal and not overturning the vote, which he called a great thing for Georgia to do, because it would show that officials could admit their mistakes.

What a rude man, who even cut off one of his own legal supporters, Cleta James, in mid-sentence when it suited his purposes to stay on offense. I am waiting, along with Republican Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Adam Kinzinger, for more of the Republicans who were there for the call to stand up and say what they know, or to put it more pointedly, confirm and witness to what we all know already.

I notice the attorneys at Trump's side with Mark Meadows have made themselves scarce, ain't heard a word from any of 'em.

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In the jungle, the righty jungle, the liar sleeps tonight...
In the jungle, the Palm Beach jungle, the liar bleeps tonight...

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