From the Impeachment Managers' Brief: "It is impossible to imagine the events of January 6 occurring without President Trump creating a powder keg, striking a match, and then seeking personal advantage from the ensuing havoc."
On Constitutionality of trial after POTUS term ends: "The Constitution governs the first day of the President’s term, the last day, and every moment in between. Presidents do not get a free pass to commit high crimes and misdemeanors near the end of their term."
Reading the brief I'm struck by the dozens of footnotes citing Trump's twitter account. The former President's tweets providing evidence of intent the managers use against him.
The brief relies almost entirely on open-source materials: news reports, video, police reports. The managers make that a virtue: "This case does not involve secretive conduct, or a hidden conspiracy, requiring months or years of investigation."
There's no one quote to highlight, but @RepRaskin's fingerprints are all over the section about constitutionality of trying a former official. Deep dives into the Federalist papers, contemporary British impeachments, and debates among the framers as they refined the tool.
The Trump legal team's response, as expected, focuses heavily on an argument that it would be unconstitutional to try & convict a FORMER official. They also argue the President's speech was 1st amendment protected, and phrases like "fight like hell" were metaphor, not instruction
Buried in legalese in the response, Trump's attorneys say that he stands by his claim that he won the election in a "landslide."

"To the extent Averment 5 alleges his opinion is factually in error, the 45th President denies this allegation."

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26 Dec 20
Has anyone seen or heard from Secretary @stevenmnuchin1 since last week? His negotiation on behalf of the President led to bipartisan bill, passed overwhelmingly, that the president won’t sign. How does he have the credibility to stay in that job? Or at least that role?
It’s a serious question. Who in the Trump admin could walk into Pelosi’s or McConnell’s office right now and say: The President will sign X, and they’d believe it. Jared? Without that person, how does this manufactured crisis end before Jan 20?
Meanwhile, today I interviewed a Pennsylvania grandmother who is losing her unemployment, and who told me "panic mode has now kicked in."

This isn't theoretical. Real people need help, period.
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21 Dec 20
Folks! The bill is on the move!
The bill comes in at 5593 pages. Better get reading.
.@frankthorp does the math: You’d have to read 560 pages an hour to finish it before midnight
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3 Dec 20
I keep thinking that Democrats have lost a messaging battle in fighting for shorthand "state and local" COVID aid money. If you hammer (and if the legislation reflects) that this is money to keep EMTs, firefighters and cops, etc employed, you're making a more compelling argument.
Original framing of the HEROES act nailed this - supporting our heroes in the pandemic fight, but over time, the "state and local" shorthand for that portion of the bill has gotten a bit radioactive.
And some of this may be our fault in the political press... I certainly can't wash my hands of it. Being more specific always helps.
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1 Dec 20
MCCONNELL says he and @GOPLeader have been in touch with Mnuchin & Meadows at the White House about a COVID relief bill that “the president would, in fact, sign” - so basically working backwards from Trump signature to something that could pass GOP senate.
He doesn’t sound particularly enthusiastic about the bipartisan framework unveiled earlier today.
Sounds like McConnell will take what he knows the president will sign on COVID relief, which his members will support, attach it to the must-pass government funding Bill, and dare House Dems to block the whole thing
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6 Oct 20
BREAKING: The president just pulled the plug on COVID relief negotiations until after the election.
Even if the president is re-elected, and if Republicans hold the Senate, AND if they take the House - the new congress isn't seated until January. If this holds, COVID relief/stimulus is now a long, long way off for Americans.
Setting aside the millions & millions of Americans who are desperate for some kind of help from their government right now, this feels like political malpractice. Opposition party is trying to give you TRILLIONS that would prop up economy in last month of election... & you walk?
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24 Sep 20
Sometimes it takes awhile for a Trump story/scandal to penetrate the general public. Take this totally anecdotal observation for what it’s worth, but the first two voters I’ve interviewed at polling place in Warren, MI today brought up the transfer of power comments unprompted.
Here's Valerie, a hospital lab tech, on those comments: "I was shocked. I feel as though what -- how could he not? If you're voted out dude, you just gotta walk out. And I mean you can't just fight it. What's the-- that's a child. You know what I mean? He's acting like a child."
And Linda:

GH: Something to get attention or do you think he means it?

LT: Get attention. he's a spoiled child. So uh *laughs* so he does things to get attention and to uh distract you from other things.
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