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Trump’s Senate trial isn’t about Republicans or Democrats, it’s about the Beltway Establishment and especially its criminal War Industry-Tom Luongo…(They could easily impeach Trump for illegally occupying one third of Syria but they like that he’s doing that)

January 15, 2020

Why not impeach Trump for illegally occupying one third of Syria? Because they like that he’s doing that. As to the Republican Party, Republican voters learned long ago never to count on them: Regardless of the merits of this or that issue, on the whole they’d rather preemptively surrender.Doesn’t matter what your issue is, they’ll fold.…Mark Steyn, 2/14/2015, “The GOP Don’t Never Dance With Them What Brung Them,” Steyn on America…US Senate, Dec. 2015: 54 Republicans-46 Democrats; After 2018 elections, 53 Republicans, 47 Democrats

1/14/20, “Impeachment, Soleimani and the Pull of the Swamp,” Tom Luongo

“The day Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would open up impeachment proceedings against President Trump I called it a coup. It was obvious to me then and more obvious to me today that we are headed to a dangerous place (a dangerous place).

Trump’s impeachment trial in the Senate begins next week and it’s clear that this will not be a walk in the park for the President. Anyone dismissing this because the Republicans hold the Senate simply do not understand why this impeachment exists in the first place.

It is the ultimate form of leverage over a President whose desire [at least as a Candidate] to end the [US taxpayer funded] wars in the Middle East is anathema to the entrenched powers in the D.C. Swamp.

This is what I said back in September [2019]:

“The Democrats would not be pushing for this if they didn’t think they have the votes in the House and the Senate to get this done. Ignore the conventional wisdom on this. They were wrong in the UK [about the courts upholding Johnson proroguing Parliament].

They will be wrong here, unless Trump has something else up his sleeve.

His removing John Bolton and refusal to attack Iran is driving the neoconservatives to apoplexy. They want their holy war against the apostate Shi’ites and they will get it. Mike Pence will be their avatar until such time as he can be removed through a sham election in 2020.

If this wasn’t the case they wouldn’t be risking what’s left of their political future defending a senile old man, Joe Biden, who they don’t actually want to be the candidate anyway.

It’s a coup folks.

Take this one step farther. You don’t start this process if you aren’t going to use what it gives you. Thinking only in terms of the Democrats’ horrific slate of challengers to Trump betrays the myopia of most political analysts.

They see things, wrongly, in terms of partisanship. This isn’t primarily about Democrat v. Republican. This isn’t even just about Clinton v. Trump and a temper tantrum.

“Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump,

Many believe that by the Senate giving credence to a trial based on the no evidence, no crime, read the transcripts, “no pressure” Impeachment Hoax, rather than an outright dismissal, it gives the partisan Democrat Witch Hunt credibility that it otherwise does not have. I agree!”

And you have to ask yourself the question why would Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell go along with a real trial unless the fix was in?

Because, as Trump rightly points out, he’s got the approval rating nationally and within his own party. He’s a lock for re-election. So, given the clear unconstitutionality of these impeachment articles (which I discussed previously) why is this even still a thing?

Because Trump is going to be taken out.

The events of the past twelve days since Trump murdered IRGC General Qassem Soleimani prove this beyond any doubt. Impeachment was the leverage point to drive open a wedge between Republicans and Trump through Iran.

Pelosi slow-walking the articles of impeachment to the Senate was all part of the pantomime, folks. She gets what she wants: Congress asserting more power and the Democrats shoring up their base by taking out an eyesore in Trump.

She waits just long enough for Trump to do something questionable and for it to be made known publicly.

The neocons in the Senate get what they want — further escalation of pressure on Iran with the hope of destroying them. Moreover, they prove to Trump, Israel, the MIC and the world that they are still fully in charge of U.S. foreign policy.

The Swamp Strikes Back and puts Trump in a no-win situation.

The Wall St. Journal article from this weekend which intimated that Trump made the decision to kill Soleimani was motivated by shoring up his support in the Israeli Occupied Senate is further proof.

“Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said,” the newspaper reported.”

It’s not like Trump hasn’t let missiles fly to appease the Neocons in the past. He did it with the bombing of the Al Shairat airbase in Syria back in April of 2017. Remember, that was the night the MSM and Congress declared Trump suitably “Presidential.”

Then he did it again four months laterdoubling our presence in Afghanistan in the hopes of getting Obamacare repealed. Oh, by the way, Lindsey Graham reneged on that deal.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper doing the Sunday talk show circuit to throw the President under the bus about his intelligence seals the deal.

“Ryan Goodman @rgoodlaw,

What an astoundingly embarrassing “defense” of President Trump’s claim of bomb threats to four embassies.

“What the President said was he believed it probably could have been. He didn’t cite intelligence.” – Defense Secretary Mark Esper”

Now Pelosi wants to add more charges to the docket and McConnell is going for a trial, when he should just outright dismiss these charges. I told you that this all comes down to McConnell and how he handles the terms of the trial.

He sets the table for this. And if he’s not tilting it in Trump’s favor, Donald is right to be worried.

Trump’s killing Soleimani gives them plenty of cover to do so. His lack of consistency in defending the act will be used against him. That’s why Esper told the world Trump didn’t have proof of an imminent threat.

So, Trump, often his own worst enemy, then defends himself by saying Soleimani just needed killin’.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump,

The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was “imminent” or not, & was my team in agreement. The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!”

It’s all being stage-managed by a nearly rogue Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and facilitated through Lindsey Graham. The events that led up to Iran’s missile attack on our bases in Iraq should not be taken at face value.

Killing one U.S. oil contractor does not justify attacks on five PMU bases ringing the Iraqi/Syrian border crossing between Al Qaim and Al Bukamai.

It certainly doesn’t necessitate taking the conflict all the way to the point of Iran firing missiles at our airbases in Iraq.

Don’t think for a second that if Graham feels Trump isn’t sufficiently controlled at this point that he won’t, in the end, wring his hands and vote for his removal from office because the President’s decision-making skills are questionable.

If the Swamp truly wants Trump removed from office then this impeachment trial is their best chance of getting that done. At this point we have a handful of open Republican turncoats. Swelling that number to twenty in the Senate is not that hard.

Remember, twenty is a helluva lot smaller than the millions of voters that would have to turn against Trump to elect Hillary Clinton waiting in the wings to emerge from a brokered Democratic convention this summer.

That’s what’s fundamentally wrong with representative forms of government.

And even then, Pence v. Clinton would be a close affair because of the deep divisions within the electorate and Hillary’s fundamental evil. Either way, the Swamp wins.

Nothing happens in D.C. that doesn’t become a weapon in these people’s hands.

To think Pelosi wouldn’t use this to its fullest is terminally naive. To think Trump is savvy enough to see the game board in all its complexity having not one truly loyal staff (or family) member is also naive.

To think McConnell is anything more than an order-taker from those above him is the height of naivete.

I give Trump credit for navigating things to this point and keeping the violence to a minimum, but if he’s going to go down, he better be prepared to go scorched earth in the process.

It’s his only chance at survival and fulfilling even one of his many campaign promises.

Either way, the U.S. electorate will not stand for removing Trump over this. And they shouldn’t. I may be angry with Trump for his recent actions, but this impeachment is the height of lunacy. And when something this ludicrous goes this far, it means the fix is in.

The Flying Monkeys have taken over the asylum. The existence of this trial is itself an inflection point in history. The rest is just a chase scene.”

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Added: Myth of the Republican controlled Senate:”

Republican Establishment Senators generally believe “the greatest honor any man can have is the keys to the Senate men’s room.”

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Added two: Amazing that Trump imagines the GOP Senate might help him. His 2016 victory was a result of a hostile takeover of the GOP which isn’t even really a political party. It shares the Democrat agenda of open borders and endless destruction, starvation and annexation of other countries, so prefers to let Democrats win. It likes being the minority.

1/13/20, Trump calls for ‘outright dismissal’ but GOP senator says there aren’t enough votes, ABC News

Senate Republicans are downplaying President Donald Trump’s weekend tweet calling for an “outright dismissal” of the charges against him.

Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of Senate leadership, told reporters on Monday that the Senate Republican caucus simply doesn’t have the votes.

The argument for an argument to dismiss is: there was one in the Clinton rules [which failed] Blunt said, referring to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. [On Feb. 2, 1999, Clinton was acquitted in the Senate]. “But I think I’m safe in saying there’s almost no interest in motion to dismiss, certainly there aren’t 51 votes for a motion to dismiss.”

Over the weekend, Trump argued that a trial would give Democrats a “credibility that it otherwise does not have” and urged Republicans to dismiss the charges against him….

Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have said that dismissing the articles of impeachment against Trump is not a likely scenario. Instead, they have endorsed a vote of acquittal, believing it sends a stronger message.

Several Republican senators are now debating whether or not a “motion to dismiss” should even be included in the rules resolution McConnell is currently drafting, which will determine the procedure senators will abide by during Trump’s impeachment trial. During Clinton’s trial, the rules resolution included a motion to dismiss, but it ultimately failed.

“Our members, generally, are not interested in a motion to dismiss. They think both sides need to be heard. They believe the president needs to be heard, for the first time, in a fair setting,” Blunt said.

Other Republican senators concur. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told reporters on Monday, “I would vote against a motion to dismiss immediately. Absolutely.””...

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Comment: The GOP loves being in the minority. In Nov. 2010 when we gave the GOP House a landslide victory they were furious. Very few Republicans were left in the House after 2008 and they loved it that way. They want to be left alone to do deals. If voters complain, they just say, sorry, Democrats control everything, nothing I can do.

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Comment Two: With or without Trump, there’s only one way to end the US genocide machine: US taxpayers must be separated from it by breaking up the US into a few parts. As we’ve seen, even if we vote to free ourselves from these mass murderers we’re simply ignored. When voters can’t change the country via elections, the country is a dictatorship.

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Comment three: I’ll be very happy to see the last of ridiculous Ivanka and Jared.

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