I know everyone is clamoring to start the impeachment process & I want Donald out as much as anyone else because each day brings new & more more dispicable behavior. BUT, I know that we have to allow Congress the time they need to do this right & I believe they’ve got this.
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We’ve already seen that Speaker Pelosi has the ability to play Donald like a fiddle. She’s said that Donald isn’t worth it & that impeaching him isn’t good for the Dems politically... that might be true, but I believe there’s more.
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First, let’s go back in history for the first impeachment in recent memory (the one that didn’t involve a sexual relationship) Watergate. The Watergate hearings in the senate started in May 1973 & didn’t complete until a year later.
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The House Judicial committee opened 3 articles of impeachment in February 1974. The House approved the obstruction of justice, abuse of power & contempt of Congress articles of impeachment 5 months later. With his political capital depleted Nixon resigned in August 1974.
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By the time Nixon resigned, the country had spent a year listening to the senate hearings & had further evidence uncovered by the House. Let’s skip back to current time. We have no Senate investigation/hearing.
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What we do have is the Mueller report with a whole volume that examines the ways that Donald could be investigated for obstruction of justice. BUT, that report is redacted & Congress does not have access to the underlying evidence or the information under the black marks.
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The house can’t even get the financial records from Donald without a fight (my guess is he’s not a billionaire, not even close)
Yesterday’s ruling from Judge Mehta regarding the subpoena for Mazars came as no surprise to most of us.
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esquire.com/news-politics/…
To start impeachment hearings without any evidence is not a good idea. Congress can’t even get the un-redacted #Mueller report. The House Intelligence committee hasn’t received a briefing since James Comey was fired! What would they use?
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We get one shot at this & I think that the MoC are doing the right thing in the right order.

Let’s look at the strategy that I think the House may be taking. If they are able to get the un-redacted #Mueller report & the supporting evidence ...
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Donald’s financial information & testimony from Mueller next month (wishful thinking) the soonest they could possibly open hearings for articles of impeachment in committee would be month after that. That brings us to the end of July in a best case scenario.
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Remember, the Senate Watergate hearings were almost 8 months in process before the house picked up the ball & started Impeachment proceedings.

If the impeachment proceedings started in August of 2019, the committee hearings could last through January/February of 2020.
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That means that hearings regarding the articles of impeachment would wrap up by August of 2020. With this timing in mind, the hearings will be right when the campaigns are in full swing, both campaigns, but most importantly, Donald’s.
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How is he going to effectively campaign for a 2nd term with impeachment proceedings dogging him the entire time? You’ve seen how much he comes unglued at the slightest bad press, you really think he’s going to maintain composure on the campaign trail with the constant news ..
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... of impeachment hearings?

I think that the House Dems know exactly what they’re doing, biding their time so that articles of impeachment are opened just as Donald (& the rest of his lackeys in the GOP) are campaigning.

When you think about it, it is genius really.
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Personally, I am going to continue to call my MoC & Senators & daily (like I always do). I have a laundry list of items that I rotate when I call. That list includes asking what they are doing to do about this lawless president*.
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Great thread from Sally Albright (@SallyAlbright)
Takes another tact on why we shouldn’t use impeachment as a vendetta.
Here’s a good thread on the court process by @admiralmpj . This is why we need to move forward toward impeachment in a methodical manner. If we don’t, Donald could slip through our fingers, & I would imagine that is the last thing we want!
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